Sonoma: Tony Pedregon Saturday summary

Tony Pedregon Nabs Second Qualifying Position Quaker State Racing Solid for Tomorrow SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo, logged his ninth, top half of the field qualifying effort of the...

Tony Pedregon Nabs Second Qualifying Position
Quaker State Racing Solid for Tomorrow

SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo, logged his ninth, top half of the field qualifying effort of the season at this weekend's Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

For the fourth time this season, Pedregon has captured the number-two slot. The California resident earned his position with a 4.896-second elapsed time at 318.17 mph -- the second fastest speed of Funny Car qualifying.

"Qualifying definitely hasn't been our weak spot," said Pedregon, who has also qualified in the number one slot three times this year. "We haven't been as good, or consistent, on race day though. Our focus right now is to find that consistency for Sunday.

"Once we have the ability to do that," Pedregon continued. "Everything will come together for this race team. We're back here in California, where the climate is really good. We've had some very diverse conditions that we've raced in, and we've been able to adapt and run well. The track should be real good for the first round."

Pedregon has a tough match up with Del Worsham in the first round of eliminations. This will be the second time this season Pedregon has had to face him in the first round. Worsham currently sits second in points.

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

TOUGH DRAW: Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Funny Car driver Tony Pedregon's aforementioned match up with Del Worsham isn't the only tough first rounder that he has faced this season. Pedregon has also had first round shoot out's against the likes of Tommy Johnson, Jr., Ron Capps, Eric Medlin and Gary Scelzi as well.

Ironically, maybe his toughest match was against his brother, Cruz, at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., the second race of the 2004 season. Tony wound up on top of that one.

"We sure have had a knack for drawing tough opponents in the first round this year," Pedregon said. "We've gone up against some pretty formidable teams. It shouldn't matter when this team is on its game, however. It's not been because we've been outperformed.

"The challenge is there," Pedregon continued. "We're up to it though. I will get into my groove, which I haven't really established yet this year. Early in the year, we showed some flashes of what we can do. We're going to do whatever it takes to make it happen for tomorrow."

-PedregonRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Tommy Johnson