Memphis: Cruz Pedregon preview

Cruz Pedregon NHRA Nationals Notebook Millington, Tenn. (August 18, 2005) * Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance AutoParts team, heads to Memphis this weekend to compete in the 18th annual NHRA Mid-South Nationals. The 1992 Funny Car champion...

Cruz Pedregon NHRA Nationals Notebook
Millington, Tenn. (August 18, 2005)

* Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance AutoParts team, heads to Memphis this weekend to compete in the 18th annual NHRA Mid-South Nationals. The 1992 Funny Car champion and his Advance AutoParts Nitro Funny Car are looking forward the second night race of theNHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule at Memphis Motorsports Park.

* Cruz Pedregon, el piloto de Advance AutoParts, se dirige este fin de semana a Millington para participar en el 18avo campeonato anual de los NHRA Mid-South Nationals. El campeon de FunnyCar del 1992 y su auto Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car estan ansiosospor competir en el MemphisMotorsports Park durantela segunda carrera nocturna de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

* Despite having been a Mid-South Nationals finalist twice, in '97 and '98, and had the No.1 qualifier in '92, '95 and '98, Pedregon has yet to score a victory at Memphis Motorsports Park. But for this year's race, the Advance Auto Parts team has been working closely with brother Tony's Q Racing entry. The two teams want to be hitting on all eight cylinders heading into Indianapolis in two weeks.

"Memphis represents an important weekend because everyone is trying to gain momentum for the U.S. Nationals," Pedregon said. "It's important to get on a roll here and carry it on to Indy."

* A pesar de haber llegado a las finales dos veces, en el '97 y '98, y de haberse clasificado en el primer lugar en el '92, '95 y '98, Pedregon todavia no ha conseguido una victoria en el circuito de Memphis. Pero para la carrera de este año, el equipo de Advance Auto Parts esta animado con la perspectiva de trabajar mano a mano con el equipo Q Racing de Tony (Pedregon) para intentar tener mas ventajas.

* Heat, humidity and nighttime qualifying will define this weekend's 18th annual NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. Crew chiefs and drivers also have to face the challenge of running the first round of eliminations at 3 P.M. Sunday.

Night sessions with cooler weather and track conditions are good both for the fans and the drivers," Pedregon said. "But we don't get a chance to test the track during the heat of the day and therefore the first elimination round on Sunday is a challenge. I expect the Advance Auto Parts team to make good adjustments, and I'll be on top of my game to maneuver the car down track."

El calor, la humedad y las clasificatorias nocturnas definiran la 18ava competicion anual de los NHRA Mid- South Nationals en el Memphis Motorsports Park. Los jefes de escuderia y los pilotos tambien tendran que enfrentarse al reto de celebrar la primera ronda de eliminaciones a las tres de la tarde del domingo.

"Las sesiones nocturnas con las temperatures y la pista mas frescas benefician a los aficionados y a los pilotos", dijo Pedregon. "Pero el problema es que no tenemos la oportunidad de probar el circuito durante el calor diurno y por lo tanto, la primera ronda del domingo, es un gran reto. Espero que el equipo de Advance Auto Parts haga los ajustes necesarios y yo manejare el auto lo mejor que me sea possible".

* So far this season, Pedregon has made it tothe semifinals at Pomona, scored a runner up at Houston Raceway Park andreached the semi's during the next four races. Following a number onequalifier in Englishtown N.J. and a quarterfinal finish in Madison, Ill.,Pedregon heads to Memphis Motorsports Park eighth in NHRA Nitro Funny Carpoints with 831.

* Esta temporada, hasta el momento, Pedregonha llegado a las semifinales en Pomona, a las finales en el HoustonRaceway Park y a las semifinales en las cuatro competiciones posteriors.Despues de clasificarse en primer lugar en Englishtown, N.J. y llegar alos cuartos de final en Madison, Ill., Pedregon se dirige al Memphis Motorsports Park en la posicion octava del POWERade FunnyCar con 831 puntos.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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