Joliet: Cruz Pedregon preview

Cruz Pedregon Heads To Route 66 Raceway With Speed Joliet, Ill., May 17, 2004 - The NHRA POWERade Series heads to Route 66 Raceway this weekend for the second of three consecutive races in a row. It's a track that has a history of...

Cruz Pedregon Heads To Route 66 Raceway With Speed

Joliet, Ill., May 17, 2004 - The NHRA POWERade Series heads to Route 66 Raceway this weekend for the second of three consecutive races in a row. It's a track that has a history of record setting runs. Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon ran his career best speed of 324 mph in Atlanta this past weekend and the Advance Auto Parts racing team is looking forward to pushing the envelope and going after that national record run this weekend in Chicago.

"It can be a very fast track and it sounds like we're going to have the weather conditions for record setting runs, said Pedregon. "I think we're ready to cut loose on some horsepower. Our team has been knocking on the door here lately and we're definitely going to press and be agressive . After Tony running the 329.83 mph pass and us running our career best 324 mph pass in Atlanta, I'm looking forward to continuing in that direction at Route 66 Raceway. It would be a nice accomplishment for one of our team cars to set a record."

Pedregon was the number one qualifier in 1998 and set low ET and speed of the event. He will look to repeat that performance when racing begins on Friday.

The Advance Auto Parts racing team will begin qualifying on Friday, May 21st with two sessions slated for 5:00 pm and 8:00 p.m. Two more sessions are scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Final Eliminations will be held on Sunday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

Qualifying coverage of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals can be seen on Saturday, May 22nd on ESPN2 from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. (ET) Final eliminations can be seen on May 23rd on ESPN2 from 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. (ET)

The Route 66 NHRA Nationals is the eighth race on the 23-event NHRA POWERade Series schedule. Pedregon is currently 11th in the Funny Car points standings and is less than four rounds out of the top-10.

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