Joliet: Tony Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 6, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion, and his Q Power team head to Chicago (Joliet) for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, June 7-10, 2007, the 9th stop on the $50...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 6, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion, and his Q Power team head to Chicago (Joliet) for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, June 7-10, 2007, the 9th stop on the $50 million, 23-race tour of professional drag racing.Pedregon found Victory Circle at the Route 66 Raceway in 2003.The Q Power team is focused on returning in 2007.

Despite narrowly missing the field in last week's O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, Pedregon remains in the thick of the battle for the Championship with nine races to go in NHRA's regular season.Pedregon is currently sixth in points and only the top eight teams will earn a spot in the NHRA's inaugural Countdown to the Championship.

Pedregon, the consummate NHRA Funny Car veteran, is taking it all in stride. "We expect to win every time we pull up to the starting line," stated Pedregon. "When we don't, it's disappointing, especially when we are battling for a shot at the Championship. It's my job to keep us focused on doing everything in our power to qualify well and win rounds. We are going to work even harder over the next several races to get this Q Power team back in the Winner's Circle."

Pedregon likes everything about Chicago and the Route 66 Raceway. "Chicago is, by far, our marquee facility; there is not a nicer facility on the circuit.The race track is flawless," stated Pedregon. "When the conditions are right, we can get very aggressive with our tune-up. This can be a high-powered track and that is just what Q is all about."

-credit: pr

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