Cruz Pedregon Elimination Wrap Up MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car wrapped up a humid, hot weekend of racing at Memphis Motorsports Park. Pedregon smoked the tires, falling...
Cruz Pedregon Elimination Wrap Up
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car wrapped up a humid, hot weekend of racing at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Pedregon smoked the tires, falling to John Force in round number one. Force drove to a 4.994-second elapsed time at 300.93 mph. Despite the disappointment, Pedregon spoke of his first round go.
"You really have to put out your best effort when you go up against John Force," said Pedregon, who recorded a stellar .035 of a second reaction time. "I knew that I needed to do the best I could to help us get the win. It worked because I had one of my best lights of the entire season.
"The car really hasn't been hooking up all season," Pedregon continued. "This weekend, we have really had a lot of wheel speed in the first part of the runs. During the first round, the track was definitely warmer that it had been all weekend -- something like 114 degrees or so. The car then slowly went into tire smoke. At that point, John Force was out the window. I actually got on and off the throttle, got back into it just in case Force had a problem. It was over from there."
Pedregon wrapped up his weekend.
"We had a pretty decent weekend qualifying," Pedregon said. "We're going to look at it. We were just tripped up a little bit, but that's all. We're definitely a better car and better team than we demonstrated this weekend. For some reason, Memphis never has been one of my better race tracks. I don't know why, but it's just one of the those races. Even when I've come here on a roll, it's been a challenge."