Memphis: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Collects Ninth Position In Memphis The Advance Auto Parts Car Locks Up Skoal Showdown Appearance MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, grabbed the ninth slot ...

Cruz Pedregon Collects Ninth Position In Memphis The Advance Auto Parts Car Locks Up Skoal Showdown Appearance

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, grabbed the ninth slot for tomorrow's running of the Mid-South NHRA Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.

His effort, a 4.993-second elapsed time at 301.20 mph, also locked Pedregon a place in the prestigious Skoal Showdown, slated for the upcoming U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park in two weeks. The California resident recalled his final qualifying pass today, which was a consistent 5.04 seconds.

"The car laid down a little on that run and I could have shut it off," Pedregon said. "But I thought there was a shot at a mid 4.90, which might have allowed us to move up a little more. I think the crew chiefs will be playing a big role in tomorrow's race because the conditions are pretty difficult out here."

Pedregon was happy with his team's effort towards making this year's Skoal Showdown.

"It's a great accomplishment for the Advance Auto Parts team," Pedregon said. "You really have to earn your position, which is why it's such a great event. It's always been a personal goal of mine to win that race at least once in my career."

Pedregon will take on John Force in the first round of eliminations.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Cruz Pedregon