Tony Pedregon Drives to Second Round BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon drove his Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the second round of eliminations during today's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event...
Tony Pedregon Drives to Second Round
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon drove his Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the second round of eliminations during today's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event at Brainerd International Raceway.
Pedregon, who qualified in the sixth slot, fell to current points leader and former teammate John Force in the second round. Pedregon lit the tires and watched as Force managed a 4.898-second lap at 314.09 mph.
"It's a little disappointing," Pedregon said. "We're still trying to get where we need to be. These cars are very temperamental, but I think we're just an adjustment or two away from where we need to be. We had a little glitch during the service after the first round. The time we lost during the trouble shoot was very valuable. It didn't allow us to fine tune a couple of things -- it probably made the difference in that run.
"We still have our chin up," Pedregon continued. "We did qualify in the top half, which is great. It's just a matter of time. It will come for this team because we're not far away."
The California resident moved into the second round when he defeated Phil Burkhart, Jr., in round one. Pedregon clocked a 5.142-second elapsed time at 280.84 mph.
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
NIGHT RACING: Next weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park will be the second night race of the 2004 season. The first was held at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., this past June.