Cruz Pedregon Eliminations Wrap Up Advance Auto Parts Car a Little Too Aggressive ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, fell in the first round of eliminations to Jim Head during...
Cruz Pedregon Eliminations Wrap Up
Advance Auto Parts Car a Little Too Aggressive
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, fell in the first round of eliminations to Jim Head during the K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Advance Auto Parts at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Pedregon shook the tires early in the run, slowing the car to a 5.712-second elapsed time at 250.18 mph. Head also struggled to control his car, but edged Pedregon with a pass of 5.477 seconds at 288.11.
Pedregon analyzes the weekend in Englishtown.
"I am very pleased with the great qualifying we had," Pedregon said. "Everything felt on line' for our first round today, but we went over the edge and shook the tires early making the car lose traction. I was able to bring the car back, but Head had already taken advantage of it.
"There is no indication that yesterday's trip to the sand trap had any effect on today's pass," explained Pedregon. "The data shows the barometric pressure was higher today than in past days, and the engine produced more power than expected. We just miscalculated the effort we needed.
"The Advance Auto Parts team is encouraged by the No.1 qualifier we got this weekend. When you run quick times during qualifying, you are in the edge of making it in eliminations' day. Wes Cerny (crew chief) and the rest of the crew know what we need to do to qualify in the top half of the field, and then carry on into Sunday's race."