TONY PEDREGON LAUNCHES TO THE QUARTERFINAL ROUND IN DENVER; SOLIDLY 4TH IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS DENVER, Colo. (July 15, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Horsepower Funny Car and 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion, came to the ...
TONY PEDREGON LAUNCHES TO THE QUARTERFINAL ROUND IN DENVER; SOLIDLY 4TH IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
DENVER, Colo. (July 15, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Horsepower Funny Car and 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion, came to the Mile-High NHRA Nationals looking to improve his 4th place position in the NHRA POWERade Championship standings. JStarting from the 14th qualifying position, Pedregon faced Mike Ashley in the first round of Sunday's final eliminations. He was off the line with a .043 reaction time to Ashley's .054 and crossed the stripe first with a solid 5.114 second pass at 272.01 mph.Ashley was out early as his Funny Car smoked the tires at the hit.
Pedregon faced 14-time Funny Car champion John Force in the second elimination round.A last minute lane change caused by an oildown in the previous round challenged the Q Horsepower Funny Car team. Veteran tuner and crew chief, Dickie Venables went to work adjusting the car for the opposite track.It was side-by-side until Pedregon dropped a cylinder. Force claimed the victory with a 5.142 second pass at 293.60 mph to Pedregon's 5.265/265.27 mph.
"I don't ever make excuses," said Pedregon. "We had to take our best shot at a lane that had just been oiled down in front of us.We had to make some adjustments after John Force switched lanes and we didn't feel the left lane was capable of holding the set-up we had for the right lane. The draw back is that clutch adjustments will take some of the load off the motor and can lead to dropped cylinders and that's just what happened to us about 2 seconds into the run."
Pedregon remains 4th in the NHRA POWERade Countdown to the Championship points race. He'll be looking to continue consistent performance as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads to Seattle, Wash. for the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals, July 20-22, 2007.
"We are looking forward to continuing the Western Swing in Seattle next weekend," said Pedregon.b^0x001cWe'll be at sea level where we know this car will make the kind of power necessary to get us into the Winner's Circle."