Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Still One of NHRA's Hottest Races Teams MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 6, 2004) -- Maple Grove Raceway always offers a bag of tricks when it comes to weather. This weekend's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event should be no...
Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Still One of NHRA's Hottest Races Teams
MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 6, 2004) -- Maple Grove Raceway always offers a bag of tricks when it comes to weather. This weekend's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event should be no different, as rain washed away the first attempt to run this race last month and fall's changing conditions become more apparent.
For Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, adapting to divergent weather and track conditions has been a key to the team's recent success. In the last three races alone, Pedregon has made two final round appearances and won eight rounds of competition. The California resident talked about his team's strategy for the weekend.
"We'll see what the conditions offer, but if it's cooler, we'll look to the same set up we had in Chicago," said Pedregon, who drove to the semifinals during the most recent event at Route 66 Raceway. "I think, as always, the track will be really good there. No matter what conditions we have though, this team has the ability to adapt to them. These past few races, out elapsed times have been right there at the top of the charts.
With only Las Vegas and Pomona (Calif.) looming beyond Maple Grove Raceway this weekend, Pedregon's anticipation for a successful close to the 2004 season is high.
"I'm really looking forward to these last three races," Pedregon noted. "This gives us some confidence and every round we win just builds upon that. That confidence goes a long way in how we have performed here recently.
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POINTS HOG: Cruz Pedregon semifinal round appearance at the most recent NHRA National Event at Route 66 Raceway has vaulted him into seventh in points. Pedregon, who was as low as 11th at the halfway point of the season, now sits one point ahead of Tim Wilkerson with three races remaining.
"The big picture is to continue to climb in the points and we've separated out selves a little bit from the ninth and tenth place," Pedregon said. "Unfortunately, one of those guys is my brother Tony. We would like to move up a couple more notches in the points before the year closes out."