Tony Pedregon Has Fond Memories of Vegas Quaker State Racing Team In For Weekend Full of Activities LAS VEGAS (Oct. 26, 2004) -- Even though the history of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway may not date more than five years, some of ...
Tony Pedregon Has Fond Memories of Vegas
Quaker State Racing Team In For Weekend Full of Activities
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 26, 2004) -- Even though the history of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway may not date more than five years, some of Tony Pedregon's greatest memories reside at this premier drag racing facility. The track is the site of this weekend's AC Delco NHRA Nationals.
Pedregon, who wields the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, clinched his first ever Funny Car World Championship in a dramatic final-round battle with runner-up Whit Bazemore in Vegas last year. It was the defining moment in a season filled with great endings.
"It's definitely one of the more dramatic finishes in Funny Car," said Pedregon, who also recorded his first No. 1 qualifier as a team owner in the first Vegas race earlier this year. "Especially for my career, being that it was my first championship. Now, we have two races left this year, at two of the better tracks we run on. I think that favors us. We have high hopes and high expectations for this team.
Pedregon's semifinal round appearance at the most recent event at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., has the Quaker State Racing team poised for an encore performance to end the season -- and the confidence to do it.
"At this stage, we're looking to finish out the season strong," Pedregon added. "We really haven't been able to close the deal. We set quick time there and took home the number-one qualifier. We have run very strongly there. It's a good race track with a great surface.
"This time, we also have some good information from the first race," Pedregon added. "We also have information from our test session. I think we've come along way from the first time we were there earlier in the year. We will definitely be able to adapt to any weather conditions that might come upon us. We're a better team coming back to this track."
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
BUSY WEEKEND: Tony Pedregon and the entire Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car are heading into one of the busiest race weekends of the year in Las Vegas.
If the sights and sounds of Las Vegas weren't enough, Pedregon Racing will be hosting legendary guitarist and musician Carlos Santana as he promotes his Milagro Foundation. He will be in attendance on Sunday at this weekend's AC Delco Nationals to witness his first professional drag race.
"It's a big weekend for us because of the Santana program," said Pedregon, who will be running a special paint scheme this weekend to promote Santana's Milagro Foundation.
Both Tony and Cruz will also be on hand at the Palms Hotel & Casino, Wednesday night for a 'Meet and Greet' from 6-8 p.m., local time in the Food Court. It will also be an opportunity for drag racing fans to play with Tony and Cruz's poker chips.
"We have a relationship with the Palm's Hotel & Casino and we'll be making an appearance there on Wednesday night," Pedregon said. "We're also going to release some poker chips that have created a lot of excitement. They have already been inundated with calls for the chips, almost as much as some of the special chips they have had in the past. They have been pleasantly surprised."