Tony Pedregon Plays On One of His Favorites Quaker State Racing Looks for Quick Conditions This Weekend ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon placed the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the second slot, setting up a...
Tony Pedregon Plays On One of His Favorites
Quaker State Racing Looks for Quick Conditions This Weekend
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon placed the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the second slot, setting up a competitive second day of qualifying for this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Pedregon clicked off a 4.810-second elapsed time at 318.02 mph during tonight's second session. The cooler night air played to the California resident's strengths.
"Even our first run -- in the heat -- was a good run," Pedregon stated. "We thought we made a great run, but we broke the tires loose just a little bit. And we always want to take advantage of the night conditions and we were able to execute tonight.
"I've always been partial to all the quicker tracks," Pedregon added. "This track is, without a doubt, one of them. When we have cooler night conditions, it really plays into this team's favor. If we have some sun tomorrow, we're going to focus on getting down the track in the heat. At this stage, an extra amount of attention goes into getting the car consistent. If we can do that, I think we'll be around for some of the late action on Sunday."
The Texas Motorplex always offers an interesting driving surface. It's 1320 feet of concrete makes for great traction, but narrower grooves. But according to Pedregon, it's not a pronounced this weekend.
"It doesn't seem like it's as bad as it used to be," Pedregon said. "I don't know if they have made any improvements to the track, but especially in the first session, it's a whole lot better than it has been. I think what that tells us is the conditions are a lot better overall. We did have a little more track temperature this afternoon at 115 degrees (Fahrenheit), but I think we're going to have some real competitive racing this weekend. That's great for the fans, but a little tougher on us. I've had a lot of success at this Dallas track and I hope it continues."
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
QUALITY QUALIFIER: Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car is gunning for his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season. He's also recorded four No. 2 qualifiers this year.