Pre-season test wrap-up

Pedregon and Grubnic Lead Last Chance Testing at Las Vegas; Connolly Earns Victory at Pontiac Pro Stock Superbowl Cruz Pedregon and Dave Grubnic were quickest in their respective nitro-powered pro categories during "Last Chance" pre-season...

Pedregon and Grubnic Lead Last Chance Testing at Las Vegas; Connolly Earns Victory at Pontiac Pro Stock Superbowl

Cruz Pedregon and Dave Grubnic were quickest in their respective nitro-powered pro categories during "Last Chance" pre-season testing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while Dave Connolly won the Pontiac Pro Stock SuperBowl at Houston Raceway Park over the weekend.

NHRA professional category teams at both tracks utilized the final weekend of pre-season testing in preparation for the 45th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 10-13 at historic Pomona (Calif.) Raceway. The $2 million race, which will be televised on ESPN2, is the first of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series for 2005.

Funny Car veteran Pedregon powered his Advance Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo to a weekend best of 4.764 at 301.20, while Australian Grubnic clocked a 4.552 at 321.88 in his Zantrex-3 dragster to lead the Top Fuel contingent at Las Vegas.

Connolly, who earned three victories in eight final round appearances last season in his Bullet Motorsports Chevy Cavalier, outran Richie Stevens to win the Pontiac Pro Stock SuperBowl in Houston. Connolly raced past Tom Huggins, Jim Yates and Bruce Allen to advance to the final round. Connolly posted a weekend best of 6.696 seconds, while runner-up Stevens claimed the top qualifying position for the SuperBowl with a weekend best of 6.707 in his Team Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T.

In Pro Stock testing at The Strip, Mike Edwards led the way with a 6.783 in his Pontiac Grand Am. Mike Berry had the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle at Vegas, clocking a 7.256 at 183.37 on a Suzuki. Geno Scali, 2003 POWERade Series world champ, had the quickest motorcycle at Houston, clocking a 7.067 at 190.35 on his Trim Tex Suzuki.

Below is each driver's best performance for the weekend:

TOP FUEL (from Las Vegas)
Dave Grubnic 4.552, 321.88
Ben Marshall (S. Kalitta car) 4.553, 322.88
Dave Grubnic (D. Kalitta car) 4.556, 321.81
Andrew Cowin 4.572, 324.05
David Baca 4.604, 323.81
Cory McClenathan 4.743, 246.53
Scott Weis 4.753, 270.37
John Smith 4.914, 221.56

FUNNY CAR (from Las Vegas)
Cruz Pedregon 4.764, 301.20
Tim Wilkerson 4.804, 319.52
Jim Head 4.843, 313.66
Tony Pedregon 4.849, 268.38
Tony Bartone 5.264, 217.32
Jeff Arend 5.457, 190.57
Gary Densham 6.293, 146.83
Bob Gilbertson 6.807, 122.71

PRO STOCK (from Houston and Las Vegas)
Dave Connolly 6.696, 206.29, H
Richie Stevens 6.707, 205.51, H
Jeg Coughlin 6.723, 206.45, H
Bruce Allen 6.733, 204.42, H
Ben Watson 6.746, 203.80, H
Jim Yates 6.756, 204.11, H
Erica Enders 6.761, 204.08, H
Mike Edwards 6.783, 202.97, LV

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE (from Houston and Las Vegas)
Geno Scali 7.067, 190.35, H
Mike Berry 7.256, 183.37, LV
Rickey Gadson 7.260, 185.05, H
Redell Harris 7.296, 183.29, H

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Jeg Coughlin , Scott Weis , Bob Gilbertson , Tony Pedregon , Tony Bartone , Andrew Cowin , Mike Berry , David Baca , Gary Densham , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan , Redell Harris , Bruce Allen , Geno Scali , Ben Watson , Tim Wilkerson , Jeff Arend , Tom Huggins , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards