Indianapolis: Shootout preview

Pedregon breaks Force's streak as no. 1 in Budweiser Shootout CLERMONT, Ind. - For the first time in the last 12 years a Funny Car driver other than John Force holds the No. 1 position entering the lucrative Budweiser Shootout at Indianapolis on...

Pedregon breaks Force's streak as no. 1 in Budweiser Shootout

CLERMONT, Ind. - For the first time in the last 12 years a Funny Car driver other than John Force holds the No. 1 position entering the lucrative Budweiser Shootout at Indianapolis on Aug. 31 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Tony Pedregon will start from the top spot as he aims for his first career Budweiser Shootout victory during the 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.

The winner of the 22nd annual Budweiser Shootout at Indianapolis will earn a $100,000 bonus from Anheuser-Busch. Any driver who can win the Shootout and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will earn a $50,000 'Double-Up' bonus from the NHRA.

A race day purse of $147,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the Budweiser Shootout. The Shootout runner-up will earn $15,000, while the two semifinalsts will earn $6,000 each. The four first round finishers will earn $5,000 apiece.

Pedregon, from Yorba Linda, Calif., qualified No. 1 in his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang at 10 of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events that comprise the 2003 Budweiser Shootout. Force, Pedergon's teammate and boss, will start from the No. 2 position followed by Dodge Stratus driver Whit Bazemore. Gary Densham, the driver of the third Ford Mustang from Force Racing, will start from the fourth spot.

The Budweiser Shootout at Indianapolis showcases the eight best Funny Car qualifiers since last year's Shootout. Drivers accumulated points at the 23 NHRA national events between last year's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals up to the 2003 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd, Minn., and a $4,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.

Ron Capps scored earned his third career Budweiser Shootout victory as he powered his green Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro to the finish line ahead of Dean Skuza'a Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus. It was Capps' fifth straight Budweiser Shootout appearance.

Budweiser Shootout rounds are scheduled for 12:30, 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

2003 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT ROUND PAIRINGS

FIRST ROUND
Pedregon vs. Skuza
Force vs. Capps
Bazemore vs. Johnson
Densham vs. Worsham

SEMIFINALS
Pedregon-Skuza winner vs. Densham-Worsham winner
Force-Capps winner vs. Bazemore-Johnson winner

FINAL (4 p.m., Aug. 31)

<pre> 2003 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT AT INDIANAPOLIS FINAL STANDINGS 1. Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills, Calif., Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang 3,640 2. John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang 3,490 3. Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis, Matco Tools Dodge Stratus 3,145 4. Gary Densham, Bellflower, Calif., Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang 3,065 5. Del Worsham, Chino Hills, Calif., Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird 2,980 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Avon, Ind., Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro 2,735 7. Ron Capps, Vista, Calif., Skoal Racing Chevrolet Camaro 2,690 8. Dean Skuza, Brecksville, Ohio, Cornwell Tools Pontiac Firebird 2,620

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Densham , Tommy Johnson Jr.