Cruz Pedregon Reaches Second Round Advance Auto Parts Team Satisfied With Seattle Results KENT, Wash. (July 24, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car made it to the second round during today's national event at...
Cruz Pedregon Reaches Second Round
Advance Auto Parts Team Satisfied With Seattle Results
KENT, Wash. (July 24, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car made it to the second round during today's national event at Pacific Raceways. The California native reacted quickly when the car got out of the groove, but the deviation gave Robert Hight enough leeway to beat Pedregon to the finish line.
Pedregon matched up against John Force in the first round, beating him in a very close race. Despite Force's elapsed time of 4.857 seconds to Pedregon's 4.863-second elapsed time at 313.44 mph, Pedregon's reaction time of .098 seconds to Force's slower take off at .105 seconds, gave the 1992 Nitro Funny Car champion the advantage at the finish line.
"We had a few challenges during qualifying," Pedregon commented. "Wes Cerny (crew chief) and the rest of the team did an excellent job tuning up the car for today. I was very satisfied with our first run against Force as we recorded the second best elapsed time of the round.
"During the second round, we had the lead until the car pulled to the left and got out of the groove," Pedregon added. "You always wish you could have done things differently, but we feel we gave Hight a good run."
Pedregon talked about next weekend's race at Sonoma.
"We go to Sonoma with a good car," Pedregon said. "We're very excited about a new ignition system we have been working on. Also, Infineon Raceway is my second home track and the Advance Auto Parts team expects to put on a good performance."