Topeka: Cruz Pedregon final summary

Cruz Pedregon Falls in the First Advance Auto Parts Driver Keeps Fourth in NHRA POWERade Points TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, lost in the first round of eliminations during ...

Cruz Pedregon Falls in the First

Advance Auto Parts Driver Keeps Fourth in NHRA POWERade Points

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 29, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, lost in the first round of eliminations during today's 17th annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

With problems starting early in the pass, Pedregon gave contender Eric Medlen an ample advantage. The 1992 NHRA Funny Car World Champion logged a 5.301-second elapsed time at 237.5 mph, falling behind Medlen's 4.827-second elapsed time at 322.34 mph.

"We gave it a good shot but came up a little short," Pedregon said. "I felt the tires shake early in the pass and I had to get off the throttle and then back on, we even lost some traction. This has been an odd weekend for us because we have had a very good car during the last five or six races."

The Advance Auto Parts team heads to Route 66 Raceway next to test and get the car ready for the upcoming race in Joliet, Ill.

"We will be testing in Chicago in two days," explained Pedregon. "We'll put in a few rides and get the glitch in the clutch/horsepower area worked out. With all the good work my team puts in and the support of our sponsors, we'll have the car in top shape for the next race at Route 66 Raceway."

Pedregon keeps place No. 4 in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series points with 539.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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