INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 15, 2006) - 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Memphis (TN) Motorsports Park and the NHRA Nationals for the 17th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 15, 2006) - 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to Memphis (TN) Motorsports Park and the NHRA Nationals for the 17th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. Pedregon, a championship contender, retained third place in the point standings after qualifying second in last weekend's race in Brainerd.
NHRA's annual visit to "the birthplace of the Blues" is a crucial stop on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series because the race is the last before the year's biggest event, the U.S. Nationals. Race teams come to Memphis Motorsports Park to fine-tune their combinations for the Big Go and the stretch run for NHRA POWERade world championships. It's also the final event for Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors to earn points toward respective participation in the Skoal Showdown and Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle bonus events at the U.S. Nationals.
"Memphis is always an important race," Pedregon said. "The fans are really great in the South. The atmosphere, being in the birthplace of blues and the hometown of Elvis, is really special - the off-site entertainment options are amazing for people who attend the race, and we hope to be able to add to their weekend by putting on a spectacular show on the track. Although it's exceptionally hot and muggy, we think our Q Power Team has a good setup for those conditions. We are solidly in third place in the 2006 point standings, and hope to increase our chances of catching second place with a win in Memphis. That would certainly give us some championship momentum heading into Indianapolis and the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend."
How to get to Memphis Motorsports Park: Take Interstate 240 to the Warford Road exit (Exit 6). Go north on Warford Road 6.0 miles to Raleigh Millington Road. Turn left onto Raleigh Millington Road and continue to Fite Road. Turn left onto Fite Road at the Memphis Motorsports Park billboard and continue on Fite Road for .4-mile. The track is on the right.
After conquering the quarter-mile Memphis Motorsports Park, the NHRA warriors head to the biggest event of the year, the massive U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, held annually on Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 4.