Cruz Pedregon Ready to Get Back to Business Advance Auto Parts Heads to Lone Star State ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the entire Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team are ready to get back to business during...
Cruz Pedregon Ready to Get Back to Business
Advance Auto Parts Heads to Lone Star State
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the entire Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team are ready to get back to business during this weekend's NHRA National Event at the Texas Motorplex.
Pedregon, who already has one number-one qualifying effort this year, is looking for his third career at the Texas Motorplex. The Southern California native hopes to maintain the momentum that led the team to the final round of the 50th anniversary U.S. Nationals three weekend's ago.
"We're anxious to race this weekend," said Pedregon, who was ready to qualify before rains wiped away all on-track activity at Pennsylvania's Maple Grove Raceway last weekend. "We only got to warm up the cars this past weekend in Reading. The Texas Motorplex is one of my favorites and it's definitely in my top three of favorite tracks on the circuit. It is a great race track and it has been for years. It's one of the first 'Supertracks.'
"It's a fast track too," Pedregon added. "It's definitely a track we can turn the wick up on, so we're looking forward to that. Also, we're winding the season down and we feel we're in great position for a first win of the year. We're coming off a great event there in Indianapolis and we have some momentum for the weekend."
Pedregon reminisced about a memorable battle he had with John Force at the Texas Motorplex back in 1992. That final went a long way to him clinching his first NHRA Funny Car title.
"I've won a couple key races there," Pedregon said. "I pretty much sowed up my 1992 championship at that event. And it was one of the most memorable races of my career and people still come up and want to talk about that race. Force and I had that meeting in the final and we both smoked the tires. John was bouncing off the wall and it was just one of those races that I won't soon forget. It pretty much determined the championship that year.
"Right now, we're really going after the most points," Pedregon continued. "The more rounds we win and the more points we can accumulate -- the better off you'll be during the off season. We definitely have a shot at getting into the top five or six in points and Dallas is a great event for us to take advantage of that. I think (crew chief) Wes (Cerny) is real comfortable with where the car is at right now. We're really trying to continue that consistency that we've built on in these last few races. His approach has been mythodical and he doesn't get overly excited about any particular race. It's a good way to be."