St. Louis: Tony Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 1, 2007) -- Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Missouri plays host to the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, the 7th stop on the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, May 4-6, 2007. Tony Pedregon and his Q ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 1, 2007) -- Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, Missouri plays host to the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, the 7th stop on the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, May 4-6, 2007. Tony Pedregon and his Q Power NHRA POWERade Nitro Funny Car Team, coming off a solid performance in Atlanta, are ready for another trip to Winner's Circle.JJ"We have been successful at this track in past," stated Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion.b^0x001cIt's never easy to win out here. Last year, we fought and scratched our way to the event win.Our team wants to return to the Winner's Circle again this year and I believe we are ready."

And fight and scratch they did.On their way to the Winner's Circle, Pedregon, making his 250th career start at this event in 2006, knocked off Del Worsham in round 1 and Bob Gilbertson in the second round of eliminations. Round 3 saw Pedregon edge Gary Scelzi for the win and in the final round, Pedregon rocketed past John Force for the victory.

Typically, the St. Louis event is held in the summer heat of June.Not so this year. The event was moved to the cooler month of May which should bode well for the fans.b^0x001cNHRA has the most enthusiastic race fans in all of auto racing," said Pedregon.b^0x001cThey want to see these 7,000 horsepower NHRA Top Fuel Nitro Funny Cars create a small earthquake in a side-by-side match that is decided by a fraction of a second. Cooler weather should produce a good show for the fans. They're going to love it!"

Pedregon retains third place in the Countdown to the Championship as a result of consistent performance this season.b^0x001cWe have a great team that's really working well together," stated Q Power crew chief and veteran tuner, Dickie Venables. "We are focused on putting this Q Power Chevy Monte Carlo back in the Winner's Circle."

Heading to St. Louis, the focus of the Q Power team is razor sharp. "We're going to St. Louis to improve on our third place position," stated an optimistic Pedregon. "Resting on our past accomplishments is not an option. We are going for the win."

How to Get to Gateway International Raceway:Five minutes from downtown St. Louis, the track is on Interstate 55/70 at Exit 4. From St. Louis, take I-70 south to I-55/70 and travel east to Exit 4.

After conquering the Nationals in St. Louis, the NHRA warriors head to Bristol, TN for the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on May 18-20, 2007.

-credit: pr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Gilbertson , Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , John Force , Gary Scelzi