CRUZ PEDREGON HEADS TO PACIFIC RACEWAYS One Step Away From Victory Last Year KENT, Wash. (July 19, 2005) --Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, heads into this weekend's national event at Pacific Raceways to compete...
CRUZ PEDREGON HEADS TO PACIFIC RACEWAYS
One Step Away From Victory Last Year
KENT, Wash. (July 19, 2005) --Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, heads into this weekend's national event at Pacific Raceways to compete in the 18th annual NHRA Nationals.
During the 2004 event at Pacific Raceways, Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts team made it to a second-straight NHRA POWERade Drag racing Series final round. This performance paralleled his final round appearance during the previous weekend's NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway
"I was very pleased with our race here last year in Seattle," Pedregon said. "And I believe this year they have improved the track even more, which will give all the drivers an equal chance to win."
"Also, it is good to be racing at sea level again. I feel we performed very well in Englishtown (Pedregon qualified No. 1) and St. Louis where we made it to quarterfinals. I am confident the Advance Auto Parts team will take advantage of the improved track and lower altitude."
Cruz Pedregon would love to slide his Advance Auto parts Nitro Funny Car into victory lane at Pacific Raceways. Despite finishing in the runner-up position to John Force both in 1993 and 2004, the California resident has never won in the Great Northwest. Pedregon is looking to change it this weekend.
"The Advance Auto Parts team is doing everything possible to increase this team's chances to win," Pedregon said. "Our goal is still to qualify in the top half of the field, and then go rounds during eliminations. We had a tough race in Denver last weekend, but we are ready to rebound and put on a good show." Following a number one qualifier in Englishtown, N.J., and a quarterfinal finish in Madison, Ill., Pedregon heads to Kent in 6th place in NHRA Nitro Funny Car points with 695.