Phoenix: Tony Pedregon preview

Pedregon Ready To Take Action in Phoenix Phoenix, Ariz., March 2, 2004 -- If you were to ask reigning Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon if he was disappointed with the outcome in Pomona, he would say yes, because every driver wants to win the...

Pedregon Ready To Take Action in Phoenix

Phoenix, Ariz., March 2, 2004 -- If you were to ask reigning Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon if he was disappointed with the outcome in Pomona, he would say yes, because every driver wants to win the race.

But if you asked him if he thought the season was based on the performance at the Winternationals he would say not by a long shot.

"After the race in Pomona, I told the team that when I won the championship last year there were times when I got beat in the first round, said Pedregon. "It's part of the business. I also said that one of the traits of a good team is the ability to recover.

The Quaker State Racing team won't have long to wait to prove their recovery as they head to Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix this weekend for the NHRA Nationals on March 4-7 and you can guarantee they are eager to get back on the racetrack.

"We are definitely ready to get back at it this weekend. I think there are better things to come for Quaker State and this team. We aren't thinking about what we should've or could've done.

Pomona is in the past, Phoenix is in the present we're ready to capitalize on what we did learn during the first race and apply it to our car for this weekend.

Pedregon qualified on the pole in Phoenix last season and will look to repeat that performance for his 26th career top qualifier award.

"We are still very much encouraged on what we've seen with this car, said Pedregon. The performance is there, I've got a great team and Dickie (Venables) is doing a heck of a job. I have faith in this operation and this team, and we'll get it going this weekend."

Nitro Qualifying: Friday, March 5, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Sat., March 6, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Final Eliminations: Sunday, March 7, 11 a.m.

NHRA NATIONALS TV Schedule
Qualifying -- March 6 - ESPN2 11 p.m. -- 1 a.m. (ET)
Eliminations -- March 7 -- ESPN2 7 p.m. -- 10 p.m. (ET)

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