Cruz Pedregon is Back on Track St. Louis, MO, June 22, 2004 -- Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts team are starting to show what they are capable of with their recent qualifying efforts posting a number ...
Cruz Pedregon is Back on Track
St. Louis, MO, June 22, 2004 -- Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts team are starting to show what they are capable of with their recent qualifying efforts posting a number one in Columbus, Ohio and number three last weekend in Englishtown, NJ. This weekend the team heads to Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, MO, where they hope to finish the three race swing with another strong qualifying effort and a win on race day.
"Things are starting to come together like we planned," said Pedregon. "With the hard work and dedication of this team our efforts are starting to show. We need to continue our strong qualifying efforts and just refine our race day set up. I feel we're back on track and we're going into St. Louis with a lot of confidence."
Pedregon was runner up at GIR in 1997, the first year for the series to race at the venue. In four starts, he's qualified in the top-five at three events.
"GIR is a great facility," added Pedregon. "It's all night racing, including race day, which gives the fans better racing. We're looking forward to finishing this three race swing in St. Louis with a victory."
Pedregon has been the low-qualifier 30 times in his career. He's won 22 races in 44 final rounds.
The Advance Auto Parts racing team will begin qualifying on Friday, June 25th, with two sessions beginning at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (ET). Two more qualifying sessions will be held on Saturday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (ET). Final eliminations will be on Sunday, June 27th beginning at 4:30 p.m.
ESPN2 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage on Saturday, June 26th from 10:00 p.m. -- 11:00 p.m. (ET). Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 from 9:00 p.m. -- midnight (ET) on Sunday, June 27th.