Las Vegas II: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Lines Up 13th Advance Auto Parts to Face Bazemore in Round One LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, who drives the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, lines up in the 13th positions for tomorrow's AC Delco Las ...

Cruz Pedregon Lines Up 13th
Advance Auto Parts to Face Bazemore in Round One

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, who drives the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, lines up in the 13th positions for tomorrow's AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Pedregon faces off against Whit Bazemore in the first round of eliminations tomorrow, took home a 4.870-second elapsed time at 318.47 mph.

"The car ran well, and we made it down the track in three of the four sessions," Pedregon said. "We may have a little gremlin in there that's biting us, but overall, we made solid runs and whenever you run 4.80-anythings it's a great run.

"We have been very consistent as well," Pedregon added. "The car feels like it's a little down on horsepower, or the fuel curve is off a bit. I'm sure (crew chief) Wes (Cerny) will figure it out and we'll get it right. Qualifying is important, but it's what we do on race day that really matters. The key for us is that we get it together tomorrow."

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STRATEGY: Advance Auto Parts Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon talked a little about how the team approaches different situations. Especially how they have reacted during this weekend's qualifying at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"Sometimes you have to just run these cars before you learn what needs to be done," Pedregon said. "You always want to get some information because you don't want to get crazy and start changing everything. Wes and his mythodical approach are perfect for these situations. I'm sure things will work out. We still have a great car and anyone has a chance to win the race.

"This race track is excellent," Pedregon added. "Lane choice doesn't mean anything and anyone can win from any position. These cars are so even, it's just a matter of who gets it together the best at 11:30 in the morning. That's just the way it is in Funny Car these days. It used to be where first round was a little easier, but today, everyone is tough and it really doesn't matter where you qualify."

-PedregonRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cruz Pedregon