Tony Pedregon Plays On One of His Favorites Quaker State Racing Looks for Quick Conditions This Weekend ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Quaker State Racing's Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car driver Tony Pedregon will be racing on one of his favorite...
Tony Pedregon Plays On One of His Favorites
Quaker State Racing Looks for Quick Conditions This Weekend
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Quaker State Racing's Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car driver Tony Pedregon will be racing on one of his favorite race tracks this weekend -- the Texas Motorplex. The Cailfornia resident hopes to be on top of his game as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads into this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Fall Nationals.
Pedregon, who traveled to the semifinals in last year's Texas Motorplex go, will try to match his 1999 victory lane celebration, when he defeated Dean Skuza in the finals of the spring race. Pedregon made another final-round appearance one year later, falling short of then teammate and car owner John Force in the final.
"We have a huge fan base in the Dallas area," Pedregon said. "There are a lot of Hispanics in the Dallas area and a lot of friends and family come to see us. It's also a big weekend because many folks from Quaker State will be there to root us on as well. Besides that, I have won a race there and been runner up in another. I know I have my name etched in the Texas Motorplex winner's circle.
"I've always liked the facility," Pedregon continued. "It's all concrete, but it's fast. It does have a tendency to have a pretty narrow racing groove in the early sessions, but as the race develops, we should be able to encounter some good conditions. The Texas Motorplex is the original 'Supertrack,' and I love going to race there.
Last weekend's rain out at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., didn't put a damper on the Quaker State Racing team's enthusiasm.
"We were really looking forward to getting on that Reading (Pa.) surface before the rain came," said Pedregon, commenting on the rain-delayed NHRA National Event at Maple Grove Raceway last weekend. "We're going to into this race with the same game plan. It seems like in these last five races we're going to have good tracks to race on. Hopefully, we're over the summer heat. Given those conditions, there's no reason why this team shouldn't perform the way it did in Chicago and Vegas earlier in the year. We made a few 4.70-second runs in the beginning of the year."
Pedregon collected his first No. 1 qualifier at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 4.747-second pass earlier this year. He followed that performance up with his second No. 1 of the season with a 4.716-second elapsed time at 331.28 mph -- the second quickest and fastest times recorded in NHRA history. The marks were also career bests for Pedregon.
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Pedregon Racing will be making a special announcement and car unveiling during this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The press conference is slated for 1 pm, Central, inside the Pedregon Racing pit-side hospitality area.
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