Tony Pedregon Grabs Second Qualifying Slot Quaker State Racing Ready for Eliminations ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 25, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon, for the fourth time this season, placed the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the ...
Tony Pedregon Grabs Second Qualifying Slot
Quaker State Racing Ready for Eliminations
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 25, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon, for the fourth time this season, placed the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the second-qualifying position for tomorrow's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Pedregon collected the second spot on the strength of a 4.810-second run at 318.02 mph set during Friday night's second session. He added two solid passes today, setting up a first round match up with Phil Burkart, Jr.
"It's a real accomplishment with as competitive as these fields have gotten," Pedregon said. "There sure were a lot of good cars behind us. We took advantage of the good track conditions at night and we made some progress today.
"We have to focus on being consistent tomorrow," Pedregon added. "We'll try to raced the conditions because this is such a high-powered track. It has a tendency, as you can see in the field, to be very close. There's on 15 hundredths of a second separating the entire field. I anticipate close racing tomorrow. Quaker State really gives us an edge, but the rest is up to us. If we can do our part, we will be all right."
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
QUALIFYING PROWESS: Quaker State Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car driver Tony Pedregon has qualified within the top two positions an amazing seven times this year. With his number-two qualifier today, Pedregon has grabbed the second slot four times this year. He also has taken home the top spot on three different occasions in the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.