Las Vegas: Cruz Pedregon preview

Pedregon To Debut Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Vegas Las Vegas, March 30, 2004 -- When former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon rolls up to the starting line at this weekends NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, he will be sporting a new look. With the ...

Pedregon To Debut Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Vegas

Las Vegas, March 30, 2004 -- When former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon rolls up to the starting line at this weekends NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, he will be sporting a new look. With the Advance Auto Parts colors still vibrantly shinning, Pedregon will be debuting a brand new Chevrolet Monte Carlo body.

"We've been looking forward to the Monte Carlo since the beginning of the season," said Pedregon. "Everything we've seen with this new body has been positive. It's lighter, stronger, safer, and is better aerodynamically.

"The Monte Carlo marketing team and GM engineers deserve a lot of credit in the launch of this body. They designed this car with the downforce we need and developed it to have less drag, which means faster times. They have given us a car that stacks up with the competition and now it's up to us to go out and prove its abilities."

Pedregon has been running a Pontiac Firebird the last two seasons and has earned two runner up finishes, four semifinal appearances and advanced to nine quarter-finals .

"We've had a good run with the Pontiac but we're excited to get something fresh and new," added Pedregon. Our Firebird will remain our back up car until we complete our second Monte Carlo, which we hope to have done by mid-June."

Pedregon will be entering his 219th career race this weekend in Las Vegas.

Two rounds of qualifying are scheduled for Friday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with two more scheduled for Saturday, April 3, at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations will be on Sunday, April 4, beginning at 11 a.m.

Qualifying coverage of the NHRA Nationals can be seen on April 3, from 10:00 p.m. - midnight on ESPN2. Final eliminations can be seen on April 4, from 11:00 p.m. -- 1:00 a.m. on ESPN2.

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