Indianapolis: Tony Pedregon Saturday summary

Tony Pedregon Vaults Into Provisional Third Quaker State Racing Makes a Solid Statement INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car blistered the Indianapolis Raceway Park quarter mile ...

Tony Pedregon Vaults Into Provisional Third
Quaker State Racing Makes a Solid Statement

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car blistered the Indianapolis Raceway Park quarter mile during tonight's third session of qualifying for this weekend's 50th annual U.S. Nationals.

Pedregon moved through the second night session of the weekend with a 4.823-second elapsed time at 315.64 mph. It was a pass that buoyed the team.

"It was a pretty good run," Pedregon noted. "We were a little conservative because we wanted to get into the show. We know this car has quite a bit left in it, but since this was the final night session of the weekend, and the conditions were pretty good, we couldn't afford not to really gamble. We're moving in the right direction and I'm really excited about the next two days."

Pedregon has a busy day tomorrow, lining up against Gary Scelzi in the first round of the $100,000 to win Skoal Showdown.

"I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's Showdown," said Pedregon, who will have lane choice in round one. "Gary is a hard one, especially in the first round. I love this race because it's such a financial gain for the team that wins."

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

STILL GOING STRONG: Tony Pedregon's resounding qualifier tonight may allow the California resident to record a fourth-straight, top half of the field effort. He is also shooting for his 12th top-half qualifier of the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.

-PedregonRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Gary Scelzi