Reading: Cruz Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car world champion, and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car Team are headed to the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., next weekend for the...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 8, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Nitro Funny Car world champion, and his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car Team are headed to the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., next weekend for the 19th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. After a quarterfinal-round appearance at the recent U.S. Nationals at Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Pedregon moved into 9th place in the NHRA point standings.

Hosted in cool climes in a tree-studded valley in Pennsylvania's Amish country, this race has a long history of barrier-breaking performances, including the first side-by-side four-second and 300-mph Top Fuel passes and the first 4.7-second Top Fuel, 6.7-second Pro Stock, and 7.0-second Pro Stock Motorcycle runs. Historic Maple Grove Raceway, opened in 1962 and continually improved, provides not only a scenic venue, but also the perfect launchpad for the performance-rich stretch run to the season world championships as well as national-record potential and dramatic racing.

"Maple Grove Raceway is one of my favorite tracks - definitely in the top-five," Pedregon said about his upcoming race. "The facility in Reading draws a big, enthusiastic crowd. There's a lot of trees around which produce good oxygen, and because of that, the cars go faster. I've won at this track before, and was runner-up a few years ago with our Advance Auto Parts car, so our team is definitely heading into this race weekend with confidence, especially after our quarterfinal appearance in Indy a week ago."

After conquering the quarter-mile Maple Grove Raceway Park, the NHRA warriors head to the NHRA Fall Nationals, in Dallas, Texas at Texas Motorplex, held on September 22-24.

-credit: www.PedregonRacing.com

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