Cruz Pedregon Ready to Roll the Dice
A Confident Pedregon Heads to Las Vegas

Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car will head towards Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the sixth annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Las Vegas has not dealt Pedregon a lucky hand so far, but after last weekend¿s power show in Houston, it could be Pedregon¿s turn go for the victory at Las Vegas.

¿We¿re really looking forward to Las Vegas. It¿s another opportunity to show what this great team is made of,¿ said Pedregon. ¿This time of year it¿s not real warm (for Las Vegas), so there¿s a lot of opportunity to do well there. Not only is it a great track to race on, it¿s one of the best all-around facilities we visit each year.¿

While Las Vegas provides a smooth track surface, the elevation is 2,100 feet above sea level, which often creates challenges for the teams. This weekend¿s predicted high temperatures of 85°F will also make qualifying of utmost importance gathering valuable information for Sunday¿s elimination round.

¿Our biggest priority for the weekend is to make each qualifying session count,¿ commented Pedregon. ¿Wes (Cerny) and I agree that we need to qualify in the top half of the field. It is not indispensable to do so to win a race, but it gives you an advantage. We are anticipating a fast track and look to make some solid, consistent passes.¿

Pedregon reached his first final of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season for last Sunday¿s eliminations during the Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. The 1992 NHRA Funny Car champion made consistent passes all day long but missed victory circle in a close final with Robert Hight.

Cruz Pedregon's big day in the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car placed him fifth in points, only one out of fourth.