Dallas: Cruz Pedregon preview

* After a stellar No.1 qualifier in Joliet, Ill. this past weekend, Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car team, heads to Ennis to compete in the 20th annual NHRA Fall Nationals. The 1992 Funny Car champion and his Advance Auto...

* After a stellar No.1 qualifier in Joliet, Ill. this past weekend, Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car team, heads to Ennis to compete in the 20th annual NHRA Fall Nationals. The 1992 Funny Car champion and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car are ready to compete in the rescheduled 21st race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule at the Texas Motorplex.

* Pedregon has visited the winners' circle twice at the Texas track, in 1992 and 1994. He was runner-up last year and obtained a No.1 qualifier in 1998. With fall temperatures quickly settling in this time of year, the Advance Auto Parts team gets ready for the race in the Lone Star state.

"I have won in Dallas several times and I definitely enjoy racing there. I think it's going to cool off slightly this weekend. Higher temperatures will close the edge gap a little bit, but this team will make the proper adjustments."

* After the accomplishment of the Advance Auto Parts team in Joliet, Ill. where Pedregon grabbed the no.1 position and broke his personal E.T. record with the second best time in Funny Car history with a pass of 4.680 seconds at 330.80 mph., Pedregon talks about his expectations for Dallas.

"I hope we can put on a good show for all the Texas fans. They have been through a lot with Hurricane Rita and the effects of Hurricane Katrina. If we put some smiles on their faces, it will be a good weekend. Of course, we'd like to win there as well."

* So far this season, Pedregon has improved his personal E.T. to 4.680 seconds, made it to the semifinals at Pomona, scored a runner up at Houston Raceway Park and reached the semi's during the next four races. Following a number one qualifier in Englishtown N.J. and Joliet, Ill., Pedregon heads to Texas Motorplex tenth in NHRA Nitro Funny Car points with 931.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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