Topeka: Tony Pedregon Friday summary

Tony Pedregon Sits Second After First Day Of Qualifying Topeka, Kan., May 28, 2004 0x2022 Qualifying got underway today for the NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas. Defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon...

Tony Pedregon Sits Second After First Day Of Qualifying

Topeka, Kan., May 28, 2004 0x2022 Qualifying got underway today for the NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas. Defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon powered his Quaker State/"Shrek 2" Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the number two qualifying spot with an elapsed time of 4.798 seconds at 320.66 mph, just 6-thousandths of a second behind the number one qualifier (4.792), Whit Bazemore.

"We made some changes to the car that really helped," said Pedregon. We're really encouraged by the changes and what we've learned. We probably could've run a little quicker in that last session, but we weren't quite sure what the track would hold. Nonetheless we're pleased and we're really excited about the rest of this weekend."

Pedregon has won the last three years at Heartland Park and holds the track record elapsed time of 4.743 seconds set last season.

The Quaker State/"Shrek 2" racing team will resume qualifying tomorrow with two more qualifying sessions scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations will be on Sunday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.

Qualifying coverage of the NHRA Summer Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 29th from 8:00 0x2022 10:00 pm. (ET). Final eliminations can be seen on Sunday, May 30th from 4:00 p.m. 0x2022 6:00 p.m. (ET)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore