Gainesville: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Winds Up Ninth Advance Auto Parts Machine Takes Aggressive Approach GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2005) -- After a chilly start to the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, the sun came out at Gainesville Raceway today. Cruz Pedregon...

Cruz Pedregon Winds Up Ninth
Advance Auto Parts Machine Takes Aggressive Approach

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2005) -- After a chilly start to the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals, the sun came out at Gainesville Raceway today. Cruz Pedregon led his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the ninth-qualifying position.

Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA POWERade Funny Car Champion, drove to a 4.865-second elapsed time at 302.31 mph during the third-qualifying session. With their way into the finals secured, the Advance Auto Parts team decided to test how far they could push the car.

"We're being aggressive trying to go fast and sometimes you overpower the track and spin the tires," said Pedregon. "I do not know if something happened mechanically, but I know my team was aiming for the first qualifying spot and sometimes, you just push a little too hard.

"I like the track at Gainesville, but the temperature fluctuated quite a bit from yesterday. It is reassuring to know your team can adjust to different track and weather conditions. We always try to qualify in the top half of the field, but the important thing is to be in the field. Many times, your qualifying position does not reflect what is going to happen on race day. We have a good set up for tomorrow and are ready to go," concluded Pedregon.

Pedregon will face off against Whit Bazemore in round one tomorrow.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cruz Pedregon