Las Vegas: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Grabs Ninth in Las Vegas Pedregon To Face Off Against Jeff Arend in Round One Las Vegas, Nev. (April 16, 2005) - After one more day of warm temperatures at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driver Cruz Pedregon rounded up ...

Cruz Pedregon Grabs Ninth in Las Vegas
Pedregon To Face Off Against Jeff Arend in Round One

Las Vegas, Nev. (April 16, 2005) - After one more day of warm temperatures at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, driver Cruz Pedregon rounded up Saturday qualifying by grabbing the No. ninth spot.

Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, held on to Friday's 4.907-second elapsed time at 303.16 mph.

"We struggled a little bit today, but we're in the field and we have a solid car for tomorrow," said Pedregon. "Wes Cerny (crew chief) reviewed the data and discovered that the motor was a little too powerful. I think the engine was too aggressive for this track, the motor had more power than anticipated. We overcompensated from Friday night when the car was underpowered, we ran in the 4.90's and we were looking to run in the 4.70's.

"We did some work in the supercharger, the blower and some other things. It really brought the car alive, but the track and warm temperatures did not allow us to run quite as fast as the car was capable of," added Pedregon.

Pedregon is confident of his team ability to reach the right balance between the car and the track for Sunday's eliminations.

"We're in the ninth position and I'd rather be closer to the top, but last weekend (in Houston), we recovered from the 13th spot and made it all the way to final. We have a good car for tomorrow, I just need to do my job and the car will be ready as well," concluded Pedregon.

Cruz Pedregon will face Jeff Arend, No.8 qualifier, during tomorrow's first round of eliminations.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Jeff Arend