Pedregon advances to quarter finals. Seattle, WA ---Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, causing a rain-delay at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, WA, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team were ready to run as they left the ...
Pedregon advances to quarter finals.
Seattle, WA ---Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, causing a rain-delay at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, WA, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team were ready to run as they left the race track on Sunday with a well deserved first round win over Oakley driver Scotty Cannon. At a speed over 304 mph, Cruz Pedregon gained the winning light over the number four qualifier by running a quarter mile in 5.015 (e.t.) seconds to Cannon's 5.217 (e.t.), advancing Pedregon into the quarter finals.
"Winning first round is always exciting," stated Pedregon, "but we are even more excited about how well the car is responding. We made a few good passes this weekend, which tells us we are on the right path. Our victory over Scotty (Cannon) was big. With this being only our third race with Bill Schultz on board, it shows that we have good team chemistry and that we are capable of winning."
After the completition of Sunday's first round, scattered showers delayed the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, causing the remaining competitors to return first thing Monday morning to resume final eliminations. Paired against Mopar driver Dean Skuza, Cruz Pedregon unfortunately suffered a loss to Skuza's 5.009 e.t., Pedregon with a 6.373 e.t.
"We tried to run the car a little harder during this round," remarked Pedregon. "It had a shaky start and didn't perform quite like we had wanted, but we still feel like we came out ahead. Overall, we are very happy with our progress."
During the 2002 season, Pedregon and Cannon have matched up on the starting line for a total of three times, with Cruz taking the win over the Don Schumacher owned team two out of three. The Seattle race marks the first pairing between Pedregon and Skuza.
Direct results and other information pertaining to the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals can be found by visiting www.cruzpedregon.com or at www.nhra.com