Cruz Pedregon Advances To Quarterfinals in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 23, 2005) -- Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon advanced to the quarterfinals of today's ACDelco NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Pedregon moved into the second round by out dueling Whit Bazemore. Both drivers smoked the tires early, but Pedregon out-throttled Bazemore to the stripe.
"It's always tough to go up against a quality opponent in round one," said the 1992 POWERade Funny Car World Champ. "The crew did a great job and I'm happy we were able to get that win. Every round win is valuable with the competition like it is.
"It was an awesome field this weekend," Pedregon said. "We had three good qualifying sessions out of four and the car responded to the changes we made to it."
In round two, Tony Bartone defeated Pedregon after both smoked the tires.
"The track went away from us a little bit," Pedregon continued. "We felt confident for that round. But looking back on it, we had a supercharger that was creating more horsepower. On that run, it created a pound and a half more boost, which was enough to put us over the edge."