Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a while but I’ll get you up to speed on what’s been happening here at Cruz Pedregon Racing.
We’ve had a crazy second half of the season, starting with a win in Denver, which was our third of the season! Our next fun event was a match race in Cordova, Ill., at the 60th World Series of Drag Racing. It was an awesome event with a packed house both nights. We ran our Snap-on Toyota against Tony three times. We lost all three rounds to him but the good news is, I had my old school funny car there and won the race. There were 17 cars fighting for eight spots and a lot of great competition I might add. We only made one run and qualified with a 5.96 at 240 MPH. While I was at it, I raced a car called Down Under Thunder, which is owned by my good friend and Snap-on associate, Bazz Young. He ran a 5.99 which was his first pass in the 5.0s so congrats to him for that! Unfortunately, we had to beat on him a little in E-2. LOL. We ran a 5.84 in the first round, which was my quickest run to date in this car, a 6.29 in the second round (beating Bazz) and a 5.90 in the final to take the win against the Chi-town Hustler. We were hurting pistons every run but it was still a great event to win!
Next, we had a busy week before our hometown race in Indy. I spent most of Wednesday downtown at the Traxxas fan fest then on to do an interview with Telemundo Indy which was cool! On Thursday, I started my day with Snap-on Tools franchisee Dave Reese at a Grill n’ Chill. We went to a really neat shop on the west side of town and they had a bunch of show cars on hand. Dave even gave away a Snap-on grill to one of his great customers! Later that night, we had an open house at our race shop for the race fans and got to start up my dad’s car, which was nice. Thanks to all the fans that showed up to support us!
After all that, we still had a race to attend. LOL! We were one of the teams that earned the opportunity to race in the Traxxas Shootout, and lost in the final round to Beckman by 17 inches! It was still a great race for us and a turning point with the car. We got the clutch figured out and I want to thank Johnny West for coming out and helping us. Johnny will be with us for the rest of the year and working closely with Warrior and all our guys to help build a stronger team.
Our race day was short but the Snap-on Tools Toyota car was on a fast pass first round that unfortunately didn’t stick so we lost to Robert Hight. I still looked at the weekend as a successful one. We’re solidly in the Countdown to the Championship and now it’s just a matter of scoring the most points over these next six races. There’s no doubt that it’s gonna be a dog fight but it’ll make it fun for the fans! We’ve had a week to get some rest, so now we’re fired up and ready to take on Charlotte!