Gainesville: Cruz Pedregon Friday summary

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies In Top Half of the Field Gainesville Raceway Presents Challenges During Friday Qualifying GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2005) -- In an unseasonably cold afternoon, Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo ...

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies In Top Half of the Field
Gainesville Raceway Presents Challenges During Friday Qualifying

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2005) -- In an unseasonably cold afternoon, Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car battled a 60-degree racetrack to qualify seventh after the first day of qualifying for Sunday's running of the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Following a two and a half hour delay due to a wet track, Pedregon drove to a 5.016-second elapsed time at 222.66 mph. During the first qualifying session of the afternoon, Pedregon's promising run was cut short after his parachute deployed before the finish line.

"I was excited about the first run because we were going to make it in the 4.70's," said Pedregon. "Unfortunately, the parachute came out early and slowed the car down. I may have touched the button in the steering wheel inadvertently, but we still qualified in the top half of the field. It was a difficult day for most cars and only a few ran well. We normally run well here in Gainesville and it's usually a bit warmer.

"The car was really good and my crew chief, Wes (Cerny) and the rest of the team, did a great job putting the car together. Tomorrow, we expect the temperatures to be back up and the track conditions should improve. Still, I don't think the times are going to be very fast unless it warms up a whole lot."

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NOTEBOOK:

Later in the day, Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, ran the best 60-foot elapsed time during the second-qualifying session.

"I started the second run very aggressively with a .865-second 60-foot mark. After that, I spun the tires and could not get the car back."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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