Columbus: Tony Pedregon final summary

TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q POWER RACE TEAM WIN IN COLUMBUS FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE 2006 WIN - Pedregon Racing has now won 3 of the last 4 COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 22, 2006) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Race Team visited Winner's Circle with a win at...

TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q POWER RACE TEAM WIN IN COLUMBUS FOR 2ND CONSECUTIVE 2006 WIN

- Pedregon Racing has now won 3 of the last 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 22, 2006) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Race Team visited Winner's Circle with a win at the NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend in the NHRA Nitro Funny Car division. This is Pedregon's second consecutive victory this season (won in Atlanta) and the third time Pedregon has conquered this track (previously in 2000 and 2003). Pedregon vaulted himself into the 6th spot in NHRA POWERade points with the victory.

"We managed to outlast the competition again," an excited Pedregon said after his final round triumph over Whit Bazemore. "We qualified third, the best we have all year, which got our weekend off to a positive start. Qualifying is so important, and getting a better qualification result was one of our goals. Qualifying in the top-half of the field shows real progress by our team. We outperformed the competition. There were some areas we could have performed better, but that just shows the strength of our team -- that we can have a weekend that's not perfect, yet still win. We had great teamwork, and the best oil with the best protection. It all added up to a win. I'm glad to be sixth in points, but now we're aiming for the top-five in Topeka and possibly another win. Three in a row would be nice."

"We put so much time and effort into what we do," Pedregon said. "On the surface it seems like such a glamorous job but it's a lot of work just to get to the track. To win one race out here is very difficult. To win two in a row is fantastic. This is a huge victory for us."

Pedregon's two consecutive wins have lifted him from 12th to sixth place in the points, while the Pedregon Racing two-car stable has dominated the past three of four NHRA Funny Car events - Tony winning in Atlanta and Columbus and Cruz Pedregon, Tony's brother and driver of the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car, hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas.

In 2005, Tony Pedregon and the Q Power Race Team finished 7th in points with two wins, was #1 qualifier three times and recorded the second quickest elapsed time in NHRA history at 4.680 seconds in Chicago.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Cruz Pedregon