CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM HAVE DISAPPOINTING FIRST ROUND LOSS ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (June 19, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 13th, but fell out of competition after the first round in...
CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM HAVE DISAPPOINTING FIRST ROUND LOSS
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ (June 19, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 13th, but fell out of competition after the first round in NHRA POWERade Nitro Funny Car action from the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ, this past weekend. Although a disappointing weekend for the Advance Auto Parts team, they retained their top-10 point standings heading into next weekend's race in St. Louis.
"It's really just the new car blues," Pedregon explained. "We're still trying to work out the bugs with the new chassis - it's only our second time out with it. Last week was cool weather conditions, and this weekend was just the opposite - warm and slick track conditions. We just didn't get the clutch to cooperate with the chassis. Sometimes you try to move forward and you take a step back in the process of figuring things out with something new with the car, but during that process, you learn things that you can apply to the next race and do better. We know we learned some things in the warm temperatures that will help us in St. Louis to be faster and more consistent next weekend, as that track is likely to be just as warm, so we are confident moving forward. I saw more tire smoke in Englishtown than I've ever seen this season - the heat got the better of the track, which affected everyone. It was a survival of the fittest. Although it was a tough loss, we know we are closer. We are a team filled with champions and winners, and this is just a bump in the road. The good thing is that we get to race in a few days, and I know we're all anxious to take what we learned in Englishtown and apply it to our St. Louis race next week."
In 2005, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Race Team finished for the second consecutive year in the top 10 in points, was #1 qualifier twice and recorded a career best ET speed of 4.680 seconds at 330.80 mph.
NEXT RACE: June 23-25 - O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, Gateway Int'l Raceway, Madison, IL