Cruz Pedregon Starts Out Texas Weekend Strong Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Takes Provisional Seventh ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon opened this weekend's Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex with a couple of strong qualifying...
Cruz Pedregon Starts Out Texas Weekend Strong
Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Takes Provisional Seventh
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon opened this weekend's Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex with a couple of strong qualifying efforts, placing the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the provisional seventh slot.
Pedregon, who reached the final of the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park three weekends ago, reeled off two solid qualifying runs today, with the second resulting in a 4.875-second elapsed time at 312.71 mph. The second pass was set during the night session.
"Anytime you start out the weekend with a strong run, it really helps the team," Pedregon said. "We came back in the second session and drove to the seventh slot. I talked to (crew chief) Wes (Cerny) after the run and he said that he felt the car should have even performed better. We may have some ignition issues, but overall I'm pretty happy and I know we have some more left in it.
"We definitely have something to work with this weekend," Pedregon continued. "That run puts us where we need to be in the field right now. Tomorrow we're going to work on our daytime set up and see where we stack up."
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RACE CONDITONS: The Texas Motorplex traditionally offers a narrow racing groove. Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, relayed his thoughts from today's qualifying conditions.
"This track is probably one of the most challenging to drive," Pedregon said. "There's a lot of traction in the groove, but when you get out of the groove you smoke the tires. It's concrete the entire quarter mile and it seems a little harder to keep in there. You're so hooked up out there that the front end wants to stay light.
"We really haven't had a lot of problems so far this weekend though," Pedregon added. "The car does want to move around a little at the top end, but it really never affected either run. We made two good runs and if we can do the same tomorrow, we'll have enough solid data for tomorrow."