Tony Pedregon Closes Weekend in Second Round Quaker State Racing Hosted Legendary Guitarist Carlos Santana LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon wielded his Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the second round of eliminations...
Tony Pedregon Closes Weekend in Second Round
Quaker State Racing Hosted Legendary Guitarist Carlos Santana
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon wielded his Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the second round of eliminations in today's AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Pedregon, who qualified sixth, lost to Gary Densham in the second round, smoking the tires at about half track. In the first round, Pedregon outran Johnny Gray with a 4.825-second elapsed time at 323.43 mph. Gray clocked in with a 4.892-second pass at 321.12 mph.
"It was a very exciting weekend," Pedregon said. "There were a lot of distractions with all the functions we had planned. Something I have learned is that the more distractions we have, the more excitement there is. It almost makes it seem like you can focus even a little better, and I was able to find that tunnel vision.
"The car performed in qualifying," Pedregon said. "We don't exactly know what the technical glitch was during that second run, but its something we're going to take a close look at."
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SPECIAL GUEST: Tony and Cruz Pedregon hosted legendary guitarist and musician Carlos Santana during this weekend's AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. While Santana enjoyed his visit to his first NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event, both Tony and Cruz were busy promoting his Milagro Foundation with their special paint schemes.
"Overall, I'm really excited," Pedregon said. "I went to dinner with Carlos Santana on Saturday night. I told him, regardless of what happened on Sunday, the weekend was a great success.
"Santana has such a passion," Pedregon added. "He's a very spiritual person and very pleasant to be around. He's very approachable and is very fan friendly. To get a person of Santana out to the race track is huge for the sport. That's why a lot of these fans are here."
The Southern California native went on to talk about the how both music industry and drag racing relate.
"There's always been a big crossover between music and racing," Pedregon said. "I think all the people who got to see him and received autographs and got to hear him speak left the track with something special. It was a great day and a great event. It was a very exciting weekend for everyone involved."