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Advance Auto Parts Racing Team strives for win at Maple Grove Raceway. Mohnton, PA---Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team will make their way to Maple Grove Raceway this weekend to compete at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in ...

Advance Auto Parts Racing Team strives for win at Maple Grove Raceway.

Mohnton, PA---Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team will make their way to Maple Grove Raceway this weekend to compete at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Reading, PA. After finishing in the semi-finals just one week ago at the biggest race of the year, the U.S. Nationals, the Advance Team is looking forward to another weekend of quick passes and top speeds.

"The weather will obviously determine our set-up," commented Pedregon, "but we are confident that we can roll right out of the trailer and make a respectable first run. Right now that is our main goal; to make our first run a strong one that will put us well into the show. This will allow us to take advantage of the night session -- pushing the car to its potential."

The Advance Auto Parts Racing Team is enthusiastic about the upcoming event in hopes of making it one step further than the semi-finals. After repairing damages after two separate fires at the U.S. Nationals, the Advance team knows, first hand, how hard work and late hours play an important role in taking a win. As the momentum continues, the team holds more confidence that they will soon be claiming a national event win.

"We've had some struggles this season," said Pedregon, "We stumbled in the heat at the U.S. Nationals, but we still finished in the final four. We're starting to prove what this car is really capable of; we've established a turning point and are ready to race at Reading."

Cruz Pedregon claimed the 1994 Keystone Nationals runner-up title and also holds the 1992 Reading National event win. The 2002 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals will be held September 12th -- 15th with professional qualifying beginning on Friday, 13th at 4:30 PM. Final elimination rounds will start at 11:00 am on Sunday, 15th.

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