Commerce: Cruz Pedregon final summary

Cruz Pedregon Advances to Semifinals Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car To Fourth of 2005 Commerce, GA. (May 16, 2005) --Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, advanced to his fourth semifinal of the 2005 season...

Cruz Pedregon Advances to Semifinals
Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car To Fourth of 2005

Commerce, GA. (May 16, 2005) --Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, advanced to his fourth semifinal of the 2005 season during today's NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The rain delay did not slow down Pedregon, who posted a solid semifinal run of 4.856-second elapsed time at 318.17 mph. Pedregon barely missed the finals as he ran into a strong John Force who clicked-off a 4.842-second pass at 323.74 mph.

"I am very happy with the way this team recovers from qualifying sessions and puts on a strong show during final eliminations," said Pedregon. "We're running against very strong teams like Scelzi's, Worsham's and Force's and putting in a good fight. Today, we had a great side by side race with Force. I think we gave it a very good shot but came up a little short.

"Wes Cerny (Crew Chief) put in a new fuel system and the car has really responded well," Pedregon added. "The elapsed times got progressively better: 4.92, 4.88 and 4.85. I know we're headed in the right direction."

Pedregon defeated Gary Scelzi in round two, after posting a 4.882-second elapsed time at 315.78 mph and Del Worsham in round one with a 4.926-second elapsed time at 298.14.

Today's semifinal placed Pedregon in fourth for the NHRA Nitro Funny Car championship with 435 points.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Cruz Pedregon