Memphis: Tony Pedregon Friday summary

Tony Pedregon Fifth After the First Two Sessions Quaker State Racing Completes Solid Memphis Opener MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, blistered the...

Tony Pedregon Fifth After the First Two Sessions
Quaker State Racing Completes Solid Memphis Opener

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, blistered the Memphis Motorsports Park quarter mile, grabbing the fifth slot after the first night of qualifying for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil.

The California resident, clicked off a solid 4.964-second elapsed time at 298.73 mph during tonight's second session. Pedregon was happy with the run considering the hot and humid weather conditions.

"It was a good run considering," Pedregon said. "We dropped a cylinder at about half track on that last run -- so I was only on seven cylinders. Regardless, it was a good run. I think we dodged the weather. It didn't look good when I got up this morning and the forecast didn't look promising either.

"I don't know what the weather holds for us tomorrow," Pedregon added. "If it gets warm, then I'm pretty happy with what we did tonight. It allows us to go out tomorrow and be a little more aggressive, depending upon the conditions. Occasionally we have a tendency to get a little greedy. We needed to take a step back and look, we're qualified fifth and that's a good position to start the weekend in."

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

NIGHT CHALLENGES: This weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil features only the second night race of the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season. With that offers a few challenges for driver Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car.

"The lighting conditions weren't the best out there," Pedregon said. "To compound the matter, we dropped that cylinder and the aerodynamics sent the car towards the center line. Especially when you drop a cylinder on the right bank and you're in the left lane. It was difficult. I think we made the best of it, but I do think it makes it a little more challenging for us. It will sure separate the good drivers from the bad."

-PedregonRacing.com

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon