Cruz Pedregon Advances to Quarterfinals Advance Auto Parts Machine Continues First-Round Streak BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon has been a model of consistency on race day with his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny...
Cruz Pedregon Advances to Quarterfinals
Advance Auto Parts Machine Continues First-Round Streak
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon has been a model of consistency on race day with his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car. It continued this weekend as Pedregon advanced to the second round of eliminations during today's NHRA National Event at Brainerd International Raceway.
Pedregon recorded his sixth-straight first round triumph when he clocked a 4.940-second elapsed time at 305.70 mph, outrunning No. 2 qualifier Gary Densham. The pass was the third quickest of that round.
"Anytime you can get to the quarterfinals of a NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car race, you have accomplished something," Pedregon said. "Especially in this day and age. Every car out here is just excellent."
In the second round, Gary Scelzi defeated Pedregon with a 5.146-second elapsed time at 275.17 mph. The former NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car World Champion overpowered the track, ending his day.
"We had a good weekend," Pedregon said. "We felt the car was going to go right down the track. Crew chief Wes Cerny felt -- and one of the reasons we struggled on Saturday and Sunday -- that it was to our advantage to develop a set up that would go down the race track during warmer conditions.
"We have a great race car when track conditions are cool," Pedregon continued. "In doing so, we got behind and it took until first round to get it going. This is our time to learn."
Advance Auto Parts Racing Notebook:
POWERFUL RUN: Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, put a little too much power into his ride in his second-round match up with Gary Scelzi. The California resident elaborated on what happened.
"The car was an animal against Scelzi, thus the tire smoke," Pedregon noted. "We had a lot of horsepower. We know what happened on that one -- and it's something that definitely won't happen again. The camshaft in these cars are different and it wasn't in its proper place. We made a lot more horsepower than we intended. I feel like we could have had a longer day because Scelzi's run was beatable."