Baytown: Cruz Pedregon preview

Advance Auto Parts Racing team ready to light 'em up at Houston Raceway. BAYTOWN, Texas (April 9, 2003) Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team will be arriving in Houston by mid-week to compete at the NHRA National event held this...

Advance Auto Parts Racing team ready to light 'em up at Houston Raceway.

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 9, 2003) Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team will be arriving in Houston by mid-week to compete at the NHRA National event held this weekend at Houston Raceway Park. After making adjustments to the chassis alignment on Monday morning after the Vegas event, the Advance Auto Parts Team is now anticipating making more passes in the 4.80s at the Houston event.

"It became obvious after first round in Vegas that we needed to take a look at the chassis alignment," commented owner/driver Cruz Pedregon. During the Gainesville test session the car had brushed the wall, resulting in the chassis not being properly aligned. "The car was not handling properly at Vegas, and became difficult for me to steer before smoking the tires."

"Rob, Dave and I had a chance to recap the weekend and decided to make a couple of half-track passes at the Vegas facility, in attempt to correct the handling problem" stated Cruz, "Our test session went well, the car went straight, and our incremental times looked good --I think we are in good shape as we head into Houston."

The NHRA Spring Nationals will take place on Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13th. Professional qualifying sessions will begin on Friday, which will include an evening show that will begin at 7:30 pm. Fans will be able to see the nitro Funny Cars in action as they light up the track as they leave the starting line.

Cruz Pedregon is hoping to add another win to his career at the Houston facility. He has been the low qualifier at Houston Raceway as many as four times during his career - in 1994, 1997, and both (spring and fall) events during the 1998 season. Cruz has claimed the event championship title twice, in 1992 & 1998, and was runner-up in 1997.

Final Eliminations of the 16th annual event will begin on Sunday morning at 11:00 am. For television coverage, please watch ESPN2 on April 12th, from 10 PM to Midnight (ET) for qualifying sessions. For final eliminations, ESPN2 will broadcast from 5 PM to 7 PM on April 13th and again on April 15th from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM. For a live audio broadcast of the event, visit www.nhra.com.

For more information on Cruz Pedregon, please visit www.cruzpedregon.com

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