Columbus: Cruz Pedregon Friday summary

Cruz Pedregon Makes Solid Opening Statement The Advance Auto Parts Entry In the Provisional Sixth Spot HEBRON, Ohio (May 20, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, opened this weekend's Pontiac Performance NHRA...

Cruz Pedregon Makes Solid Opening Statement
The Advance Auto Parts Entry In the Provisional Sixth Spot

HEBRON, Ohio (May 20, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, opened this weekend's Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway with a solid sixth-place effort.

After struggling on the first pass, Pedregon laid down a 4.841-second elapsed time at 317.42 mph in the nightcap. Despite the unpredictable weather conditions, the Camarillo, Calif., driver was pleased with how his team reacted.

"You either make it down this track or you don't," said Pedregon, who sat on top of the Funny Car field during last year's National Trail Raceway event. "It was a good run and we had it backed off a little as well. We wanted to keep it in the narrow groove and just get it down the track.

"A 4.84 was a good run considering the conditions," Pedregon added. "Right now, we're in sixth and that's our best qualifying effort in a while. Tomorrow's weather conditions are supposed to be relatively cool, so we might be able to improve on that during the final two sessions."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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