Reading: Tony Pedregon preview

Defending Reading champion hopes to repeat in 2006 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2006) - 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Torque Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., next weekend for the...

Defending Reading champion hopes to repeat in 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2006) - 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Torque Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., next weekend for the NHRA Nationals, the 19th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. With three wins in 2006, Tony is currently fourth in points in the NHRA POWERade Nitro Funny Car division, and is in position to make a run for the 2006 world championship.

Hosted in cool climes in a tree-studded valley in Pennsylvania's Amish country, this race has a long history of barrier-breaking performances, including the first side-by-side four-second and 300-mph Top Fuel passes and the first 4.7-second Top Fuel, 6.7-second Pro Stock, and 7.0-second Pro Stock Motorcycle runs. Historic Maple Grove Raceway, opened in 1962 and continually improved, provides not only a scenic venue, but also the perfect launchpad for the performance-rich stretch run to the season world championships as well as national-record potential and dramatic racing.

"We are pretty excited about going back to Reading," Pedregon said. "It has been one year since we won our first event (as a car owner/driver), and we'd love to deliver another one for Q. It's a good race track and a big market. It's also a great time of year to be racing there because of the cooler climate. I feel good about finishing the season strong. Our goal is to win at least a couple more races, and Reading would be a great place to start."

After conquering the quarter-mile Maple Grove Raceway Park, the NHRA warriors head to the NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas, Tex., held on September 22-24.

TONY PEDREGON STORY ANGLES:

With three wins in 2006, Tony is currently fourth in points in the NHRA POWERade Nitro Funny Car division, and is in position to make a run for the 2006 world championship.

TONY PEDREGON HISTORY AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY:

Pedregon is the DEFENDING CHAMPION of this event (2005) and also won this event in 2002; Number one qualifier in 1999.

-credit: pedregonracing.com

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