Sonoma: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Makes The Cut At Sonoma Advance Auto Parts Driver Will Face Brother Tony in First Round SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) - Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car captured the 16th qualifying position for tomorrow's...

Cruz Pedregon Makes The Cut At Sonoma Advance Auto Parts Driver Will Face Brother Tony in First Round

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) - Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car captured the 16th qualifying position for tomorrow's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway.

Pedregon, the 1992 POWERade Funny Car World Champion, put on an strong effort during the last qualifying pass of the weekend and lapped the picturesque Sonoma quarter mile in 4.973 seconds at 302.21 mph

He talked about some of the challenges faced this weekend.

"It has been tense and dramatic during these past two days," Pedregon said. "We've struggled a bit this weekend because of some problems with the parachute coming off before the run was over. But the bottom line is that we're in the field and ready to focus on race day."

"I really appreciate the quality of work the Advance Auto Parts team puts on," Pedregon continued. "Sooner or later you can encounter a problem during a race, and the good teams know how to recover and move forward. Despite the windy and warm conditions of the day, (Crew chief) Wes (Cerny) and the rest of the crew helped me today to put on a run good enough to qualify."

Pedregon will line up against brother Tony Pedregon during the first round of Sunday's eliminations.

"Racing Tony is definitely not the best case scenario," Pedregon commented. "But it is inevitable that we face each other every so often, I'd rather do it during finals or semifinals though. Still, my goal for tomorrow is to put on a good show for the fans and the companies that support our efforts."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Cruz Pedregon