Las Vegas: Tony Pedregon preview

Pedregon Looks For Three-Peat In Vegas Las Vegas, March 29, 2004 -- For defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holds a lot of memories. His resume of success far exceeds any other driver ...

Pedregon Looks For Three-Peat In Vegas

Las Vegas, March 29, 2004 -- For defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holds a lot of memories. His resume of success far exceeds any other driver since the series began racing there in 2000. He managed to sweep both races last season and clinch the 2003 championship at the October race. He earned the top qualifier award in October and holds the track record elapsed time of 4.753 seconds. Pedregon also has two runner-up finishes (2000, '02) to add to his long list of accomplishments. At the NHRA Nationals on April 1-4, Pedregon will look for the dice to roll in his favor again, as he goes for the three-peat and his first win as team owner and driver of the Quaker State Chevrolet Camaro.

"I've always enjoyed going to Vegas," said Pedregon. "It's a place I will forever remember as having that special moment when I clinched the championship last year. Right now the focus is trying to continue that trend with this Quaker State team, so I'm excited about going back.

"I think the Vegas facility is among the top two or three venues that we race at throughout the year. The fans are great, the track is great and it's one of my favorite places to race. We proved last season that given the right climate, the track will withstand 4.7 second runs and hopefully we can do that again."

During pre-season testing at Las Vegas, Pedregon ran one of those 4.7 second runs to earn the second quickest time of the test session. With just three races completed this season, he's already earned a runner up finish (Phoenix) and sits seventh in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car points standings.

"I'm very pleased with what we've been able to accomplish in a short amount of time," said Pedregon. "I still don't want to lose sight of the fact that we're a new team, yet we're a new team with a lot of personality and experience. It all seems to be coming together, the chemistry I knew would be there and it's just now starting to yield some results. I think the true test for us is going to be how versatile we can be at different tracks under different conditions and in time how much depth we're going to have. We know we have the performance so it's just a matter of us adapting to each condition that is thrown at us."

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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