Pomona II: Tony Pedregon Saturday summary

Tony Pedregon Makes Last Qualifier Count Quaker State Racing Jumps into Fifth Position POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon saved the best for last when he powered his Quaker State Racing Nitro Funny Car to the fifth qualifying slot...

Tony Pedregon Makes Last Qualifier Count
Quaker State Racing Jumps into Fifth Position

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon saved the best for last when he powered his Quaker State Racing Nitro Funny Car to the fifth qualifying slot for tomorrow's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.

Pedregon, who is from nearby Chino Hills, Calif., ran a 4.734-second elapsed time at 316.01 mph during today's fourth and final session. It was also the last qualifier of the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.

"We had a game plan going into today," said Pedregon, the 2003 Funny Car champ. "We can run the car a little better when a little temperature comes into the track, but we were shooting for that top spot as well. We know what this car can do.

"One of our goals is to get into the top seven in points," Pedregon continued. "I my know (brother) Cruz (Pedregon) is also going for that position as well. We just want a good, solid race. We're an efficient team and a much better team than when we came here the first time. That run reflects what we're capable of doing."

Pedregon will line up against Ron Capps in the first round of eliminations.

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

ONE MORE: Quaker State Racing's Tony Pedregon is hoping his last day of competition in 2004 is a quality one. Pedregon talked about his strategy heading into tomorrow's finale.

"If we think the track can take a 4.70, that's what we're going to do," Pedregon said. "We need to be smart and pull back the car when necessary. It's something that's been a focus for us the last half of the season. The challenge is there, but we want to finish with a bang and I'd really like to win here."

-PedregonRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Ron Capps