Gainesville: Cruz Pedregon Friday summary

Gainesville, Fla., March 19, 2004 - After two rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon sits fourth in his Advance Auto Parts Pontiac Firebird. "We're extremely...

Gainesville, Fla., March 19, 2004 - After two rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon sits fourth in his Advance Auto Parts Pontiac Firebird.

"We're extremely happy with where we sit after today's qualifying sessions," said Pedregon. "Our goal was to get our Advance Auto Parts car in the top-half of the field and we exceeded that with a top five. Tomorrow we can concentrate on getting a set up for race day so that we are as prepared as possible when we pull up to that starting line for the first round of final eliminations and while we're at it were going to see if we can't get that number one qualifying spot.

"Tomorrow we are going to have 125 team members join us from Advance Auto Parts and we're going to enjoy the day with them and have lunch and sign autographs. It's a lot of fun to have them join us at a race and so they can experience the power and excitement of our sport."

The final two rounds of qualifying are scheduled for Saturday, March 20, at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations will be on Sunday, March 21, beginning at 11 a.m.

     Qualifying coverage of the NHRA Gatornationals can be seen on March
21st from 2:30 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. on ESPN2.  Final eliminations can be
seen on March 22nd from 11:30 p.m. -  1:30 a.m. on ESPN2.

-pr-

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