Las Vegas II: Cruz Pedregon preview

* Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, heads to Las Vegas for the second time this season to compete in the fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. The 1992 Funny Car champion and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro...

* Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, heads to Las Vegas for the second time this season to compete in the fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. The 1992 Funny Car champion and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car are ready to participate in the 22nd race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

* Cruz Pedregon, piloto del Funny Car del equipo de Advance Auto Parts, se dirige a Las Vegas por segunda vez esta temporada para participar en el quinto campeonato anual de los ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. El campeon de Funny Car del 1992 y su Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car estan ansiosos por competir en The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway durante la 22ava carrera de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

* Since the race at Indianapolis, Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts team have been hard at work consolidating and uniting strategies and car set up to that of his brother Tony (Pedregon). Pedregon expects sharing information between the two cars will continue to improve performance and consistency.

"I think we've taken the final step in making our car like Tony's." Pedregon explained. "We took baby steps in making our cars the same because we wanted to establish a baseline we could work from. We stumbled a little bit in Dallas, but we weren't nearly as off as it appeared. We missed by a little bit because of ignition problems -- and some bad luck as well.

* Desde la carrera en Indianapolis, Pedregon y su equipo de Advance Auto Parts han trabajado mucho para consolidar y unificar la estrategia y diseño de autos con el de su hermano Tony (Pedregon). Pedregon espera que el compartir la informacion entre ambos autos seguira mejorando su consitencia y resultados.

"Pienso que hemos dado el ultimo paso en igualar nuestro auto al de Tony", explico Pedregon. "Hemos ido poco a poco porque queriamos establecer un punto de referencia. Tropezamos un poco en Dallas, pero no fue tan malo como parecia. Perdimos por poco por problemas con el sistema de arrancado -- y algo de mala suerte".

* Las Vegas has not dealt Pedregon a lucky hand thus far, but with the new team set up and years of experience, Pedregon knows that it could be his turn to claim a win.

"We're starting off with a fresh set of downs and we look forward to the race in Las Vegas," Pedregon said. "It's definitely a fast track and I think we'll bounce back and be in great shape. We not only want to qualify well, but we're going in there looking to win. We're feeling pretty good and the team is upbeat.

"We have two races to go and we're definitely going to do all we can to be in the middle of the fight."

* De momento, Las Vegas no le ha dado una buena mano a Pedrgon, pero con el nuevo equipo y años de experiencia, Pedregon sabe que puede haberle llegado su turno para ganar.

"Estamos empezando con una baraja nueva y listos para ir a Las Vegas", dijo Pedregon. "Es definitivamente un circuito muy rapido y creo que vamos en buena forma. No solo queremos clasificarnos en un buen lugar, sino que tambien queremos ganar. El equipo se encuentra optimista y de buen humor.

"Solo nos quedan dos carreras y vamos a hacer todo lo possible para estar en el medio de la batalla".

* So far this season, Pedregon has improved his personal E.T. to 4.680 seconds, the second best elapsed time in Funny Car history. During that same run in Joliet, Ill., Pedregon grabbed a career top speed of 330.80 mph. Pedregon made it to the semifinals at Pomona, scored a runner up at Houston Raceway Park and reached the semi's during the next four races. After a number one qualifier in Englishtown, N.J., and Joliet, Ill., Pedregon heads to Las Vegas tenth in NHRA Nitro Funny Car points with 941.

* Esta temporada, hasta el momento, Pedregon ha mejorado su tiempo personal a 4.680 segundos, el segundo mejor tiempo de la historia de Funny Cars. Durante ese mismo pase en Joliet, Ill.,Pedregon consiguio su mejor velocidad a 330.80 mph. Pedergon ha llegado alas semifinales en Pomona, a las finales en el Houston Raceway Park y al as semifinales en las cuatro competiciones posteriors. Despues de clasificarse en primer lugar en Englishtown, N.J. y llegar a los cuartosde final en Madison, Ill., Pedregon se dirige a Las Vegas en la posicion decima del POWERade Funny Car con 941 puntos.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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