Cruz Pedregon Wraps Up Chili Bowl Adventure Fun Weekend for Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Driver TULSA, Okla. (Jan, 10, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon was in familiar colors, those of Advance Auto Parts. But he wasn't in familiar surroundings. It didn't...
Cruz Pedregon Wraps Up Chili Bowl Adventure
Fun Weekend for Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Driver
TULSA, Okla. (Jan, 10, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon was in familiar colors, those of Advance Auto Parts. But he wasn't in familiar surroundings. It didn't matter, as the Southern California resident enjoyed his first ever Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway on Saturday.
Pedregon, who regularly pilots the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit, had a successful first weekend of midget competition in the No. 71C Advance Auto Parts entry.
Pedregon started on the front row and finished second in the second 10-lap H-Main to open Saturday's competition. It advanced the Camarillo, Calif., resident into the G-Main, where he moved up to the 13th slot. With only four cars advancing to the F-Main, Pedregon came up a bit short. But he wasn't short on his enthusiasm for the experience.
"What a great event," Pedregon said. "Everyone involved welcomed me with open arms. It was nice to see all the drag racing fans that attended the event, as well, as some of the regulars who might have become drag racing fans.
"I started on the front row of the H-Main, led most of the race, and was passed right at the end by long-time midget driver Donnie Lehman," Pedregon added. "It was successful because I passed a lot of cars, but was only passed once myself the entire weekend."
The 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion shall return.
"I will make this an annual event," Pedregon said. "I really want to thank the people at Advance Auto Parts for supporting me. This was great therapy and I know it will make me a better driver when I get back to NHRA competition. This experience will help me better pedal the Funny Car.
"As for the midget, I want to get a little more experience when my busy schedule allows," Pedregon continued. "I will continue to turn some laps at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway and learn more about the car."
The 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season opens with the 45th annual K&N Filters Winternationals at historic Pomona (Calif.) Raceway on Feb. 10-13.