Big Weekend Planned for Cruz Pedregon
Advance Auto Parts Racing Team Very Confident About Vegas Go

Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car has a big weekend planned for the NHRA AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Not only will legendary guitarist and musician Carlos Santana be joining the team to promote his Milagro Foundation on Sunday, but Pedregon will also be aiming to continue the team¿s hot streak. He is confident that The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway offers conditions favorable to the Advance Auto Parts Funny Car team.

¿Vegas is definitely one of the top-five track surfaces, and race tracks, we race on, ¿ said Pedregon, who has made four final-round appearances this season. ¿It looks like we will have great weather to race under as well. We¿re looking forward to turning this Advance Auto Parts machine loose.¿

According to Pedregon, the cooler conditions predicted for this weekend¿s race are very familiar to the team. Speaking of ¿familiarity,¿ that word could help describe the team¿s turnaround from the first visited to Vegas back in early April.

¿Our car has really like the fast surfaces lately,¿ Pedregon added. ¿We ran well in Chicago, which is a premier track for quicker and faster speeds.

¿We have a different car now, than we did last Spring,¿ Pedregon added. ¿We were still in the process of learning what the car wanted. We didn¿t have the car then,  that we do now and a lot of our new team members were just getting used to everything. (Crew chief) Wes (Cerny) was still relatively new with what set ups worked and what didn¿t. Really, we¿re pretty much a different team than what we were back in our first trip to Vegas. Now, we are capable of consistently qualifying at, or near the top of the ladder every weekend. I feel like we¿re in line to have a great weekend. We¿re much more confident and established as a team now that we¿ve had a few more races under our belts.¿

Advance Auto Parts Notebook:

WELCOME BACK: This weekend¿s AC Delco Nationals at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway marks the first weekend the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has competed in a national event since the rain-delayed show at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., two weekends ago. Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, thought the time off was beneficial.

¿We had a stretch of four races in a row,¿ Pedregon said. ¿These two weeks off have really given this team a change to recharge the batteries and get ready for these last two races.¿

CLEAR GOALS: Cruz Pedregon currently sits eighth in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series points, only 19 behind seventh-place competitor Tim Wilkerson. Pedregon talked about the task at hand for the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car.

¿The battle right now is to move up as far as we can in the points chase,¿ Pedregon said. ¿These are the two biggest races of the year in that respect. It¿s important for our team and our sponsors that we close out the season strong.¿

SANTANA-ESQUE: The Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car of Cruz Pedregon will look a little different this weekend. A special paint scheme to promote Carlos Santana and his Milagro Foundation will be front-and-center. Santana will also be in attendance as a guest of Pedregon Racing on Sunday.

PALMS APPEARANCE: Both Cruz and Tony Pedregon will be making an appearance at The Palms Hotel & Casino on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m., local time, in the Food Court. Special gaming chips with the Pedregon Brother likeness on them will be available during this ¿Meet and Greet¿ session as well.