Seattle: John Force Racing finals summary

Pedregon wins at Seattle. Highlights: Tony Pedregon joined Castrol teammate John Force as a three-time 2002 Funny Car winner Monday by driving his Castrol SYNTEC Ford Mustang to a rain-delayed wire-to-wire victory in the 15th annual Lucas Oil ...

Pedregon wins at Seattle.

Highlights: Tony Pedregon joined Castrol teammate John Force as a three-time 2002 Funny Car winner Monday by driving his Castrol SYNTEC Ford Mustang to a rain-delayed wire-to-wire victory in the 15th annual Lucas Oil Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

In winning for the first time at Pacific Raceways after runner-up finishes in 1996 and 1997, Pedregon leapfrogged Del Worsham and Gary Densham into second place in the NHRA POWERade driver standings, just 38 behind Force.

Densham, eliminated in the second round Monday by eventual runner-up Bruce Sarver, fell to third place, just 45 points back of Force.

In claiming his 16th career victory, Pedregon won from the No. 1 qualifying spot for only the second time in his career and won for the first time without Crew Chief John Medlen who stayed home in Russellville, Ark., after undergoing a procedure to open a blocked artery.

Medlen, who talked to action Crew Chief Dickie Venables between rounds, will rejoin the team at this week's Fram/Autolite Nationals at Sonoma, Calif.

Between them, the three Team Castrol Funny Cars have won eight times in 14 races this season.

TEAM CASTROL Details:

JOHN FORCE, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Funny Car
Qualifying position and performance: 5th at 4.908 seconds, 306.05 mph.
Race results: Lost to Dean Skuza.

Notable: Fourth loss to Skuza in the last five meetings between the two.

Quotable: "I guess the good news is that were back to 1-2-3 in the points. The bad news is our car is dropping cylinders and (Crew Chiefs Austin) Coil and Bernie (Fedderly) haven't figured out why."

TONY PEDREGON, Castrol SYNTEC Ford Mustang Funny Car
Qualifying position and performance: 1st at 4.848 seconds, 315.19 mph.
Race results: Beat Bob Gilbertson, Dale Creasy, Dean Skuza and Bruce Sarver

Notable: Leapfrogged from fourth to second in points with his third win of the season and first at Seattle.

Quotable: "We're dedicating this win to my Crew Chief, John Medlen, who wasn't here with us this weekend, but I'm giving the trophy to (Assistant Crew Chief) Dickie Venables, who did a great job all weekend."

GARY DENSHAM, Team Castrol/Auto Club of Southern California Ford Funny Car:
Qualifying position and performance: 6th at 4.958 seconds, 303.91 mph.
Race results: Beat Johnny Gray; lost to Bruce Sarver.

Notable: Set a personal record for rounds won in a single season (22) with his first round victory over Johnny Gray.

Quotable: "Hey, we just got beat. We threw our best time of the week at (Bruce Sarver) and he answered the challenge. It was one helluva drag race.

ROB SLAVINSKI, Castrol AccuVision Pontiac, Competition Eliminator
Qualifying position and performance: Made the lineup only as an alternate.
Race results: Lost to Steve Wilmoth.

ROB SLAVINSKI, Castrol Super Clean dragster, Super Comp Eliminator.
Qualifying position and performance: All run.
Race results: Beat Paul Landry; lost to Dustin Hentges.

Next event(s): Fram/Autolite Nationals, Aug. 2-4, Sonoma, Calif.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bruce Sarver , Bob Gilbertson , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , John Force , Johnny Gray , John Medlen