Cruz Pedregon Moves Up to Sixth Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Picks Up Over Yesterday ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 25, 2004) -- Cloud cover during the fourth session set up conditions that allowed Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car...
Cruz Pedregon Moves Up to Sixth
Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Picks Up Over Yesterday
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 25, 2004) -- Cloud cover during the fourth session set up conditions that allowed Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car to jump up to the sixth slot for tomorrow's NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Pedregon, who sat seventh after Friday's two sessions, clicked off a 4.845-second elapsed time at 316.38 mph during today's final qualifying session. The California resident has a first round match up with Ron Capps.
"The session was brutal," commented Pedregon, on how the final qualifying session was unfolding. "The times were getting better and better and we were falling further behind as I sat there listening to the radio prior to my run. We were tenth, after being seventh heading into the session, as I went up to the starting line."
Track conditions could play a factor in who wins tomorrow's race.
"You have to be ready to take out a little clutch," Pedregon said. "If there's slot of penetration on the race track as far as the sun is concerned, we'll have to pull it back a bit. This is a great race track when there's cloud cover, but definitely loosens up when the sun comes out. That's the great thing about what (crew chief) Wes (Cerny) has been able to do with this car, we're not wishing for it to be cloudy or cool to get down the track. Whatever the conditions are, that's what works for us."
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RACE CONDITONS: Cruz Pedregon and the entire Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team had a few tense moments prior to the final-qualifying session today. The team had to make a major change right before sending the car out.
"The engine just wasn't responding right," Pedregon said. "I talked with (crew chief) Wes (Cerny) after last night's run, and then our early run today, and I didn't feel it had the power it should. So we changed engines right before the session and the car came to life. We should really be in good shape for tomorrow now."
"We now know where we are," Pedregon continued. "We know the changes the we have been making have been the right ones. I think we're ready to race.