CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM HEAD TO BRAINERD AFTER A HOT WEEKEND IN SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 15th going into Sunday's race at the NHRA Nationals...
CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM HEAD TO BRAINERD AFTER A HOT WEEKEND IN SONOMA
SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2006) -- Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 15th going into Sunday's race at the NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Having to bring out a back-up car for eliminations after his primary car experienced a rapidly spreading fire in the last qualifying session on Saturday, Pedregon got eliminated from competition after the first round in NHRA POWERade Nitro Funny Car action. Pedregon retained ninth in the 2006 point standings heading into the next race in Brainerd, Minn.
"The weekend was pretty good, although we did have a pretty bad fire -- it didn't want to go out. We had a loose fuel line in the cylinder head, which caused a domino effect with the other parts, causing the fire. I barely got out of there, as I was running out of clean air - my options were running out because the heat was overwhelming me. The NHRA Safety Safari were on their game, once again, and did their job, and I am thankful for that. Unfortunately, we lost the car. We had to pull out our backup car, which ran great, although we had a little gremlin we thought we had fixed in the past, but we didn't. But we're not going to find that problem sitting still -- you have to run the car. We'll get everything freshened up and the broken parts fixed and head to Brainerd. There are a lot of positives we have taken out of this weekend, including our Advance Auto Parts Team rebounding well after Saturday and being ready for Sunday eliminations. This is a true example of the team's spirit and work ethic. This was also a good weekend for Pedregon Racing, as Tony (Pedregon, teammate and brother) reached his fourth final of the season and moved into 3rd place in points."