CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TO FINAL ROUND IN RICHMOND RICHMOND, Va. (October 16, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team raced to a final-round appearance at the NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park...
CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TO FINAL ROUND IN RICHMOND
RICHMOND, Va. (October 16, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team raced to a final-round appearance at the NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va., in the Nitro Funny Car division. Pedregon moved to 9th place in the 2006 point standings (only 20 points out of 8th place) after the Advance Auto Parts team's strong final-round showing in Richmond.
"Sunday was a really good day for us," a happy Pedregon said after his final round appearance. "The Richmond race is the only NHRA event in Virginia, the home state of our sponsor, Advance Auto Parts (based out of Roanoke, Va.), so it was really special to be able to do so well for them this weekend. On Friday, we were floundering a bit, but we got our act together and qualified well on Saturday. We tried to do what only Tony (Pedregon) has done this year and take (John) Force's three cars out during eliminations, but came up short in the final round. When you are racing against formidable competition like that, you have to be flawless - we were close, but not close enough. I have to give credit to our Advance Auto Parts Team. I feel like we put on a good, solid performance, and our team can be really proud of that effort. During the final, I had the best reaction time, and that's all you can do - to ask your team for a car that will perform. It's one thing to have confidence; it's another to actually have the results to back things up. We are coming on strong toward the end of this season, just as I had hoped. We wanted to finish strong, and Richmond was just the start to carrying out that plan. I think we let everyone know that we still have a good shot at winning the last two races. Not only our team, but our entire organization. Collectively with Tony (Pedregon), we have won four races and have gone to eight finals this year, and that's pretty impressive. We head to Vegas next, and we won the spring race there. Our last race is at Pomona, my home track, so I'd really like to win there as well. It feels like we are finally on track and realizing our full potential. If we keep doing what we have been doing, we'll win our share of races."
NEXT RACE: October 27-29, 2006 -- NHRA Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.
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