Tony Pedregon Drives to Semifinals Confidence Building for the Quaker State Racing Team SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car drove to the semifinals of today's Fram Autolite NHRA...
Tony Pedregon Drives to Semifinals
Confidence Building for the Quaker State Racing Team
SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car drove to the semifinals of today's Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Pedregon lost a close match up to Tim Wilkerson in the semifinal. Wilkerson made a 5.104-second pass at 286.07 mph, topping Pedregon's run of 5.268 seconds and 275.55 mph. It was a positive day in the Quaker State Racing camp.
"We had a really good weekend," Pedregon stated. "We're still a new team, but just a click away from beating the big dogs. I'm not going to rest until we do. We always have to look at the brighter side of things and what we accomplished. We made it to the semifinals, and we're just a step or two away from winning a race.
"All of the components seem to be falling into place," Pedregon continued. "It's just a couple of small adjustments. We're real happy with the performance of the car and it's consistency. We feel real good about the stretch."
The California resident moved into the semifinals by defeating Del Worsham in round one and Eric Medlen in round two. In round one, Pedregon managed a 4.867-second pass at 319.67 mph, defeating Worsham's 4.891-second elapsed time at 320.36 mph. In his match up with Medlen, Pedregon lapped the Infineon Raceway quarter mile in 5.161-seconds at 274.55 mph.
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
TRICKY CONDITIONS: The sun came out after the second round of Funny Car action today, changing track conditions for the teams. Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, talked about the change.
"When the sun comes out, the track conditions get a little trickier than you think they would," Pedregon said. "It never really got hot like in Seattle. In this game, it's not always necessarily the one with the most horsepower. It's the one that can actually control and harness it. Dickie (Venables) is a first year crew chief and I think he's doing a better than outstanding job. It will come. There's no doubt about that. We will make Quaker State a winner."