Madison: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies Fifth At Gateway International Raceway St. Louis, MO, June 26, 2004 0x2022 Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon improved on his qualifying efforts from yesterday (4.810ET/320.51MPH), powering the Advance Auto...

Cruz Pedregon Qualifies Fifth At Gateway International Raceway

St. Louis, MO, June 26, 2004 0x2022 Former Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon improved on his qualifying efforts from yesterday (4.810ET/320.51MPH), powering the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet to an elapsed time of 4.800 seconds at 321.81 mph to qualify fifth for the NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

"To be able to qualify in the top-five three weeks in a row is very strong," said Pedregon. "Wes (Cerny) has this car dialed in and I feel good about heading into tomorrow. First round is going to be warmer then these night sessions, so the set up is going to be different. I'm confident that Wes will make good decisions and we'll come out swinging."

Pedregon will face Phil Burkart Jr. in the first round of final eliminations scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Pedregon has a 4-2 advantage over Burkart in race day competition, including last weeks first round victory in Englishtown, NJ.

ESPN2 will televise three hours of final eliminations coverage on Sunday, June 27th, from 9:00 p.m. 0x2022 midnight (ET) on Sunday, June 27.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Cruz Pedregon , Phil Burkart