Pedregon ready for Richmond
Richmond, prerace: Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Funny Car world champion, and his Advance Auto Parts Funny Car team are headed back to the inaugural Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park this weekend for the 21st of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. Pedregon sits in 10th place in the 2006 NHRA point standings and is looking forward to a good performance in Richmond and the remaining races in the season order to move up in the standings, creating a solid foundation for a championship run in 2007.
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing returns to Virginia for the first time in five years, bringing nitro-fueled thunder to the hallowed battlegrounds where Civil War cannons once roared. Host of an NHRA national event from 1995 to 2000, Virginia Motorsports Park has been the site of many record-breaking runs in all classes.
"Virginia is the home state of our primary sponsor, Advance Auto Parts, and it will be especially important for us to do well there. We'd love to win one there for all of the great people at Advance Auto Parts who have supported us," Pedregon said. "I raced there from '96 through 2000, and look forward to going there again. We are looking forward to running in front of the great fans in that part of the country. Virginia Motorsports Park is a really nice facility and I know we'll put on a good show. We are going to do everything in our power to see we get our Advance Auto Parts car in the winner's circle."
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