Tony Pedregon Readies for 'Old School' Weekend Quaker State Racing Into the Memphis Night MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2004) -- Many a professional drag racing career was born on a weekend night at the local drag strip. It's grassroots racing... a...
Tony Pedregon Readies for 'Old School' Weekend
Quaker State Racing Into the Memphis Night
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2004) -- Many a professional drag racing career was born on a weekend night at the local drag strip. It's grassroots racing... a part of America's love for the automobile. This weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park will tap into that passion -- as it hosts the second nighttime NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series National Event of the season.
Tony Pedregon, who drives the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, is a fan of night racing, loving the excitement and fanfare associated with competing under the lights.
"I've always been partial to night racing, mostly because of track conditions," Pedregon said. "For the spectators, they get a little more of a charge out of it when they see the header flames. It makes for good racing. It's a little more exciting for us, and it's a little more exciting for them to watch. Should be a good one."
The spectacular atmosphere of the weekend won't overshadow the work at hand though. Pedregon hopes to build on two-straight, top half of the field - second at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and sixth at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway this past weekend -- qualifying efforts. He expounded upon the advantages the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo has running at night
"We race in the evening and I think that kind of works in our favor," Pedregon said. "I think the biggest challenge for us has been adapting to the changing conditions. We're putting good qualifying effort together and we're making some consistent runs. I think we've made a lot of progress from what we were -- even though the car did perform early in the year.
"I remember going there (Memphis) last year -- getting beat in the first round -- and giving up the points lead," Pedregon continued. "This year, we're heading into this event with a full head of steam. I would like a little redemption by putting the Quaker State Racing Funny Car in the winner's circle."
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
QUALIFYING PROWESS: Of the 16 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events so far this season, Tony Pedregon has qualified the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car in the top half of the field 11 times.