Madison: Tony Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 20, 2006) -- 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Gateway Int'l Raceway in Madison, Ill. (near St. Louis, MO), this weekend for the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, the 12th...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 20, 2006) -- 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Gateway Int'l Raceway in Madison, Ill. (near St. Louis, MO), this weekend for the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, the 12th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. Pedregon retained fifth-place in the point standings after a strong showing in last week's Englishtown race.

"St. Louis is unique because it's one of the few times of the year we run in the evening," Pedregon explained. "I am encouraged heading into this week because I've always been partial to night racing, and we know the Q Power team can run well in those cooler conditions. From a spectator's standpoint, it's more exciting and much more of a show, and we love running in front of all of those enthusiastic fans. For the teams, we have the opportunity to race when the track has not had direct sunlight on it, and that's a different challenge for us from other races. I'm also excited because we've learned a lot during the past few races and we know we can correct some of the situations we've experienced in the past heading into this race. I'm looking forward to putting Q back into the winner's circle in St. Louis."

The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season hits its midpoint in the shadow of the famed St. Louis arch, an apt symbol because from this point on, it's tricky to remain at the top of the pack and easy to slide off. The majority of the event, including Professional qualifying and eliminations, is held at night, providing the spectacle that only drag racing can: five-foot-long header flames searing the night as 7,000-horsepower beasts race into the dark. When the sun sinks low on the other side of the Mississippi, the action begins on a track that has shown itself capable of dishing out incredible performances.

How to Get There: Five minutes from downtown St. Louis, Gateway Int'l Raceway is on Interstate 55/70 at Exit 4. From St. Louis, take I-70 south to I-55/70 and travel east to Exit 4.

After conquering the quarter-mile Gateway Int'l Raceway this weekend, the NHRA warriors head to Denver, Colo., and the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, Colo., at Bandimere Speedway on July 14-16. Check your local ESPN2 listings for broadcast times and event coverage.

-www.PedregonRacing.com.

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