Phoenix: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies Sixth at Firebird The Advance Auto Parts Machine Has More Left CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2005) -- The Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car and driver Cruz Pedregon have been a model of consistency to start out...

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies Sixth at Firebird
The Advance Auto Parts Machine Has More Left

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2005) -- The Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car and driver Cruz Pedregon have been a model of consistency to start out the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.

He did it again during this weekend's NHRA National Event at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., locking up the sixth-qualifying spot with a 4.780-second elapsed time at 320.66 mph. It is Pedregon's second-straight top half of the field qualifying effort and sets up a first round match with Phil Burkart.

"We're definitely feeling good about our race set up for tomorrow," Pedregon said. "We have a lot left in the car from the 4.78 run we made last night. That run was to make sure we made it down the track, but we know this car has a low to mid 4.70 left in it.

"We're going to have to race the conditions, though," Pedregon continued. "We had dark, cool night sessions last night and sunny conditions today. Even though it was relatively cool, the track still had the sun beating down on it the entire day. Our margin for error is a lot narrower when you have a sunlit track. (Crew chief) Wes (Cerny) will strategize tomorrow and make the right call. And I'll be on my game and hopefully, we'll go some rounds."

Advance Auto Parts Notebook:

DAY SCHOOL: With such a solid Friday night qualifying pass already under his belt, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team were able to work through today's two sessions.

"It was a learning curve day," Pedregon said. "We went out there on our first run, the car left hard and dropped a cylinder a little over two seconds into the run, killing a substantial amount of horsepower. We learned we needed to better match the clutch with the fuel system.

"In the second run, we had the car pointed a little bit out of the groove, smoked the tires and that ended the run," Pedregon added. "We know what we did wrong and we should be in good shape for eliminations. We've had some of the Funny Car field's better 60-foot times this weekend."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Phil Burkart