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Tony Pedregon
Pedregon Racing Toyota Camry
Funny Car

Pedregon regroups to compete in round three

Indianapolis, Saturday: Tony Pedregon and the Q Racing Nitro Funny Car brought an entire new car to qualify during tonight’s U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

With the second-round starting line incident in the rearview mirror, Pedregon’s team, led by crew chief Dickie Venables, brought out a new chassis and body and completed a pass in the third session. They were able to completely rebuild a car after discarding the damage created from the round before.

Pedregon currently sits in the 15th-qualifying position, with two sessions remaining.

“I was really concerned about my crew chief Dickie (Venables) after the incident,” Pedregon said. “And I’m real happy that Cody Pendergrass is in good shape as well. They both worked on the car in preparing for this qualifying run. We’re really fortunate it turned out the way it did because it could have been much worse.

“It says a lot about this team and the type of depth we have at Q Racing,” Pedregon added. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get it down the track on that last run, but it’s a new chassis and we had never run it before. There are a lot of adjustments we have to make before we head into the Skoal Showdown.”

Pedregon will match up with Del Worsham in the round one of tomorrow’s Skoal Showdown.

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