CRUZ PEDREGON RETAINS 6TH IN THE NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS CHASE Las Vegas, Nevada (April 15, 2007) -- Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car world champion, came to Las Vegas 6th in the chase for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series World...
CRUZ PEDREGON RETAINS 6TH IN THE NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS CHASE
Las Vegas, Nevada (April 15, 2007) -- Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car world champion, came to Las Vegas 6th in the chase for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series World Championship. After a consistent showing, the team leaves Las Vegas in the 6th position with 213 points.
Focused on remaining consistent, Pedregon qualified the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car in the No. 14 spot with a solid 4.819 at 292.71 MPH; an improvement over a round two qualifying effort of 4.832 at 279.73 MPH.b^0x001cWe were relieved to make the field in the second round of qualifying," stated Pedregon.b^0x001cWith each pass, we learn more and we continue to improve."
The Advance Auto Parts team was looking to go rounds in final eliminations on Sunday.As Pedregon entered the staging area, the sun began to shine.With the track temperature climbing with each second, the "Cruzer", facing Ashley Force, wasted no time by nailing the starting line tree with a .046 reaction time.
"We had a lead on Ashley Force." stated Pedregon. "The Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet was in the groove, then the track just wouldn't hold the power we were giving it and it spun the tires.Overall, we had a really consistent car that was good right off the hauler. If you're not consistent, you're not going to win.We are going on to Atlanta and looking forward to doing well there."
"With each run, we are making progress," said crew chief, Wayne Dupuy. "We are working hard at getting more top end speed.I'm looking at the data from this weekend.We'll make some changes for Atlanta."