Cruz Pedregon Picks Up the Pace Today Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Ready For First Round Battle POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon drove his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the 11th position for tomorrow's ...
Cruz Pedregon Picks Up the Pace Today
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Ready For First Round Battle
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon drove his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car into the 11th position for tomorrow's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
Pedregon made his best run of the weekend in the fourth and final qualifying session, laying down a 4.772-second elapsed time at 320.97 mph. It sets up a round one showdown with Phil Burkhart, who is battling Pedregon for the seventh point's position.
"It wasn't a perfect run, but we put up some good numbers," Pedregon said. "I'm also pleased with running 320 mph. On previous runs, (crew chief) Wes (Cerny) was scratching his head because the clutch wasn't wearing the way it should. There was a little apprehension about what the car was going to do in that final session.
"He made the best calculated guess as to what we thought he car wanted -- and it worked," Pedregon added. "We weren't in a position to go for the number-one slot considering our two previous runs. We left something on the table out there, but it still spun the tires a little bit and got out of the groove. It definitely was a good run going into race day."
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CHANGING CONDITIONS: Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car made his final qualifying pass as the sun disappeared into the horizon. According to the 1992 Funny Car champ, it was a perfect time to make a run at historic Pomona Raceway.
"Anytime you have dusk, heading into nighttime conditions, the track is going to get quicker," Pedregon noted. "Particularly this track because it's a little better than most. We had the best conditions you could possibly want out there and that's why you saw a lot of 4.70s.
"It's supposed to warm up a little bit tomorrow," Pedregon added. "We're in the field solidly and we made two 4.70 runs this weekend -- down both sides of the track. We're going to continue to work and keep trying to be consistent. Wes got a lot of valuable data on that run and we'll be ready for tomorrow."