Joliet II: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Grabs No. 1 Position in Chicago Pedregon Racing Dominates Funny Car Qualifying This Weekend JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, captured his second No. 1 qualifier of ...

Cruz Pedregon Grabs No. 1 Position in Chicago

Pedregon Racing Dominates Funny Car Qualifying This Weekend

JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, captured his second No. 1 qualifier of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season for tomorrow's AmeriQuest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Pedregon is back on a positive track as well, after missing the field in the two most recent events in Indianapolis and Mohnton, Pa. The California native drove to a career best 4.680-second elapsed time at 330.80 mph. It was Pedregon's 32nd No. 1 qualifier of his career.

"This a great start towards recovering from our last two races," Pedregon said."Changing crew chiefs earlier in the year (from Wes Cerny to Ron Douglas following the Memphis (Tenn.) race) was done for the betterment of this team. It may have hurt us in the short term, but we should be set up for the future.

"We backed off a little bit today so we could get down the track and gather as much data as possible," Pedregon continued. "For Advance Auto Parts and this entire race team, our 4.68 run last night is a great boost. These guys were feeling pretty beat up after Indy and Reading."

Pedregon, along with brother Tony, who claimed the second slot for a Pedregon Racing sweep of the top-two qualifying spots, also leads the quickest 16-car Nitro Funny Car field in NHRA history.

Pedregon will take on Gary Densham in the first round of eliminations tomorrow morning.

"Our strategy is to come out and win this race," Pedregon said. "I'm not going to put any extra pressure on the team or myself, but I think we have a real opportunity to do some big things tomorrow."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Densham , Cruz Pedregon