Reading: Cruz Pedregon final summary

CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM SEE RED IN READING READING, Penn. (October 2, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team showed up at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., ready to rumble...

CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM SEE RED IN READING

READING, Penn. (October 2, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team showed up at the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., ready to rumble in the Nitro Funny Car division, but suffered a tough first-round red light. Pedregon is in 10th place in the 2006 point standings after the Advance Auto Parts team's Reading appearance.

"We got three qualifying runs instead of four (due to rain), and our Advance Auto Parts Team really needed that fourth run to better our position," explained Pedregon. "We were trying really hard, and I thought we gave it a good run in that first round - I didn't know we red lighted until we got to the finish line. We did the best we could, but just got caught. Our guys worked hard and our strategy here was good. We just have to qualify better and then we can go into the race with a little more confidence. We looked at some things after the race and will change our strategy. We are paying attention to what our car likes and what it doesn't because we're not only racing for wins in 2006, but to set our team up for next year. We look forward to starting all over again in Richmond."

NEXT RACE: October 6-8, 2006 -- NHRA Nationals, Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, Va. (near Richmond)

-credit: pedregon racing

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