TONY PEDREGON ADVANCES INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS Atlanta, GA -- Entering the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals third in NHRA POWERade Championship points, Tony Pedregon, and his Q Power Funny Car were prepared and ready...
TONY PEDREGON ADVANCES INTO THE SECOND ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS
Atlanta, GA -- Entering the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals third in NHRA POWERade Championship points, Tony Pedregon, and his Q Power Funny Car were prepared and ready to do battle in the fiercely competitive Funny Car ranks.
"We love coming to Atlanta," stated Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA Funny Car World Champion. "Our Q Power team won this event last year, so we came into this event with confidence."
Confidence and preparation were evident in the results. Pedregon's quick pass of 4.740 at 318.84 mph during the second round of qualifying on Friday was good enough to earn him a solid 4th place position heading into Sunday's Final Eliminations.
In the first round of final eliminations, Pedregon was paired up against Scott Kalitta, the No. 13 qualifier. Pedregon was quicker at the hit and rocketed across the finish line ahead of Kalitta. Pedregon ran a 4.824 at 316.30 mph to Kalitta's losing 4.887 at 307.79 mph. "It was a solid first round win," said Pedregon. "I am confident we can win any time we pull that Q Power Funny Car up to the line. And all the credit goes to my guys who work so hard to prepare us for every race."
Facing Ashley Force in round two of eliminations, Pedregon's Q Power Funny Car picked up a vibration. "We had a solid win in the first round," stated Pedregon. "In the second round, the tires lost traction. We haven't pinpointed yet, but there was definitely some mechanical issue from the clutch, driveline, and/or rear end. We pulled our tune up back to adjust for the track conditions, but the vibration just shook us loose."
"We will be heading to St. Louis, a track at which we won last year, "said Pedregon. "We'll be looking to build on our Championship Points position in St. Louis."
Heading into St. Louis, Pedregon remains third in NHRA Championship Points, just 163 points behind leader, Ron Capps.