Cruz Pedregon Looks to Adapt to Memphis Advance Auto Parts Racing Prepares for Unusual Conditions MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny knows the conditions will change...
Cruz Pedregon Looks to Adapt to Memphis
Advance Auto Parts Racing Prepares for Unusual Conditions
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny knows the conditions will change throughout the weekend as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads into it's second night race of the season at Memphis Motorsports Park.
The first night event was held at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., a place where Pedregon qualified fifth and made his first semifinal appearance of the season. Conditions for this weekend could be similar, allowing the Advance Auto Parts racing team to run to its strength. According to Pedregon, he feels the team found something while competing at Brained (Minn.) Raceway last weekend.
"We think the set up we have now is something we'll be able to use for the rest of the season," Pedregon said. "We're going to take that 4.94-second (elapsed time set in first round of last weekend's Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway) set up and see what happens this weekend. We do want to regain our top half of the field qualifying success.
Prior to last weekend's affair at Brainerd International Raceway, Pedregon got into the racing groove early in the weekend -- logging seven-straight, top half of the field qualifying efforts. He knows the opportunity will be there to start another streak this weekend.
"They have improved the Memphis track over the years, to where it's a good surface," Pedregon said. "In the early 1990's, it was a very bumpy track. It was kind of a crew chief's nightmare. Now, it's definitely a top-notch track.
"The conditions are the same for everyone anyway, but I'm excited to know this team has made the right calls and we've made the car go down the track," Pedregon added. "That first round run last weekend was big for this team. We could have gone out there and smoked the tires, and we wouldn't have felt so good heading into this weekend. We're ready."
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SPEAKING OF STREAKS: Cruz Pedregon's run to the quarterfinals of last weekend's NHRA national event at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway continued his streak of first round victories. Since this past June, where the Advance Auto Parts Racing Monte Carlo made it to the quarterfinals of the Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville, Ohio, Pedregon has recorded six-straight first round victories and has won 11 rounds of competition.