Pedregon wins Mid-South Nationals. Highlights: Tony Pedregon won his second straight race, his fifth of the season, beating his Chino Hills, Calif., neighbor, Del Worsham, in the final round of the 15th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at ...
Pedregon wins Mid-South Nationals.
Highlights: Tony Pedregon won his second straight race, his fifth of the season, beating his Chino Hills, Calif., neighbor, Del Worsham, in the final round of the 15th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Pedregon drove his Castrol SYNTEC Ford to a final round time of 4.909 seconds at 315.12 miles per hour to earn his 18th career victory.
The win enabled the 37-year-old to trim the margin between himself and Castrol GTX teammate John Force to just 80 points with four races remaining. Pedregon has finished second to his boss, mentor and teammate three times in the past (1996, 1997 and 1999).
The win was the second straight for Pedregon, who won last Monday's rain-delayed race at Reading, Pa., and the six straight for Team Castrol.
Force, who has won six times this season and 104 times in his career, reached the semifinals before falling to Worsham. Defending event champion Gary Densham, driving the Team Castrol/AAA Ford, also got as far as the semifinals.
"We've been fortunate the last two weekends," Pedregon said. "It's a huge win for us because we closed the gap on John a little bit more. We're just going to go out and try to keep doing what we've been doing and if we can gain a few more points at Joliet, well, then we'll definitely have some more to talk about.
"We still function as a team even though there's this competition within," Pedregon continued. "In all the years that we've raced, the competition has pushed me as a driver and I know it's pushed John. We've never allowed that to be destructive. Competition within a team or with another opponent is a good thing. In a champion, it always brings out the best."