Pomona II: Tony Pedregon Thursday summary

Tony Pedregon Sixth After First Session of Qualifying Quaker State Racing Ready to Capitalize on Strong Opening Salvo POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Nitro Funny Car, made an early statement by...

Tony Pedregon Sixth After First Session of Qualifying
Quaker State Racing Ready to Capitalize on Strong Opening Salvo

POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Nitro Funny Car, made an early statement by taking the sixth slot to start this weekend's 40th Anniversary Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at historic Pomona Raceway.

Pedregon, who has already scored 15, top-eight qualifying efforts this season, clicked off a 4.779-second elapsed time at 321.12 mph. The resident of nearby Chino Hills, Calif., is optimistic about what lies ahead.

"It was a very good way to start the weekend," Pedregon said. "We were looking at favorable conditions temperature wise. And I've said all along that there's a lot of potential in (first year crew chief) Dickie Venables and his ability.

"For a first run, it was excellent," Pedregon added. "Anytime you can get into the 4.70s, and this goes for any track, it puts you right in the game. We have three more runs, but we're in a good position to strike and do something a little bit bigger and better. I think that's going to be our focus. We're happy with that run and we have a good forecast for tomorrow. This track is as good as it gets as well. It's a high-powered track and we have one of the high-powered cars.

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

QUALIFYING: Wet weather slightly delayed qualifying activities today, but it played little role in the performance of Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Nitro Funny Car.

"We really didn't know what to expect," Pedregon said. "Some of the Top Fuel cars ran really well before us. We don't like to key off what they do, but it might have been a good indicator. We are usually one of the middle cars running, and it's easier for the cars behind us to key off what we do. For what we had to work with, we made an outstanding run and we think we can do more of it.

-PedregonRacing.com

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