Tony Pedregon Seeking To Extend Qualifying Streak Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Starts Weekend Within Top Eight JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon got his weekend off to a good start, capturing the provisional sixth-qualifying slot...
Tony Pedregon Seeking To Extend Qualifying Streak
Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Starts Weekend Within Top Eight
JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon got his weekend off to a good start, capturing the provisional sixth-qualifying slot for Sunday's running of the Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. The second round of qualifying was canceled due to rain.
Pedregon, the defending POWERade Funny Car World Champion, would like to extend his streak of five-straight races qualifying in the top half of the field. The California resident has accomplished the feat in 13 of the 19 NHRA National Events so far this season.
"We have been great qualifying all year," said Pedregon, who grabbed on of his three No. 1 qualifiers of the season at this track earlier in the year. "We have struggled when we get an increase in track temperatures, but it doesn't look like we'll encounter those conditions this weekend.
"It looks like we're going to have a favorable forecast and it should play right into our hands," Pedregon added. "The forecast shows that we'll have cooler conditions tomorrow. We had a 'Hail Mary' loaded up in the thing for tonight. We're going to take that set up and see what happens tomorrow."
Pedregon felt like the car responded.
"It pretty much ran what we thought it would," Pedregon said. "We didn't end up exactly where we wanted in sixth, but one of the keys for this team is to get down the track -- and we did that. I've always felt that this car performs as well as any other out here under these conditions.
"We're going to go out and show everyone what this Quaker State team can do tomorrow," Pedregon added. "It should be a good day."