CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM RACE TO QUARTERFINALS AT U.S. NATIONALS IN INDIANAPOLIS Move to 9th place in the point standings CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team fought hard...
CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TEAM RACE TO QUARTERFINALS AT U.S. NATIONALS IN INDIANAPOLIS
Move to 9th place in the point standings
CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team fought hard through two rounds at the massive NHRA U.S. Nationals at Raceway Park at Indianapolis in the Nitro Funny Car division, but suffered a loss in the quarterfinals after an aggressive run. Pedregon moved into ninth place in the 2006 point standings after the Advance Auto Parts team's consistent showing in Indianapolis.
"The Advance Auto Parts team had a solid weekend," Pedregon said after a successful visit to Raceway Park at Indianapolis. "We weren't the fastest, but the car was consistent, which is one of the first things you have to have before you win rounds. We were better than our 12th-place qualifying effort. I slipped up Saturday and let the car drift up out of the groove and actually had to shut the car off - it was probably a 4.73 or 4.74 before I had to do that, but as it was, we still ran a 4.78. We had a big holeshot win over Force's camp (Medlen) in the first round of final eliminations on Monday - the car was there and we did our jobs. It was nice to get a win to start the day off. Then we tried to push it in the second round, and the car came loose and we smoked the tires - we pushed too far. The thing about drag racing is that if you don't push a car hard enough, you get beat. But if you push too hard, you also get beat. That's a fine line to walk, and you have to try to make a perfect run every time. But we still made it to the quarterfinals in the biggest race of the year. A lot of drivers would like to have said that. We moved into 9th place in the points, which is really positive for our team, and with six races left I feel we are positioned to finish the year strong and prepare for a championship run in 2007."
NEXT RACE: September 15-17, 2006 -- NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA
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