Tony Pedregon pointed out on Saturday during the NHRA Gatornationals
in Gainesville, Florida, he didn’t subscribe to the superstition of the
No. 1 qualifier jinx. On
Tony Pedregon wanted to use this event to earn his way back into the top ten. Sunday's Gainesville victory made it happen.
he showed why. The two-time NHRA world champion from Torrence,
California drove his Quaker State-sponsored flopper to his first
victory of 2008 by stopping Gary Densham in the final round.
“Qualifying number one anytime is an accomplishment in itself but to be
able to go into eliminations with that kind of pressure, and we had
some pretty tough opponents, this is a good day,” said Pedregon. “The
weather hung in there, it got a little warmer than the crew chiefs
would've liked, but under these circumstances the teams who can adapt
better are going to have an advantage.”
Sometimes championship prowess doesn’t mean scoring low elapsed time
every single round. Even though Pedregon nailed the best run of the
first round, he did what was necessary to win from then on.