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Cruz Pedregon–Dallas Advance

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NHRA Fall Nationals – Dallas
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Cruz Pedregon has had three of his most epic wins in Dallas, and this weekend he’ll be going for another victory when the team debuts a new breast cancer awareness paint scheme for the month of October. “El Cucuy may mean ‘the boogieman,’ but this month it will be a frighteningly good guy when we push the Snap-on Toyota and generate exposure for The Pink Fund and its important work” Cruz says. “Snap-on and our team support the mission of The Pink Fund to provide for non-medical living expenses of breast cancer patients undergoing the fight of their lives…like transportation, utilities and housing.”
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Cruz Pedregon–St. Louis Advance

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NHRA Midwest Nationals – St. Louis
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Cruz Pedregon and team are optimistic about the upcoming race in St. Louis. “Tommy (DeLago) is really honing in on what the Snap-on Toyota likes and doesn’t like,” Cruz says. “The Round 1 win last weekend is encouraging, and we’re looking forward to going more rounds this weekend.”

Crew Chief DeLago says, “I feel like St. Louis is going to be fast, and we will be ready for a good qualifying spot on race day.”

“The strategy for us as a team is to continue to work as hard as we would if we were in the Countdown,” says Cruz. “We’ll push the Snap-on Toyota as if we were.”

On the side of Cruz’s car –
Check Cruz’s car this week, and you’ll see the name of area Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Dave McCuan. He’s had his Snap-on Franchise for three years and was a technician earlier in his career. McCuan says what he likes best about having his own business is that he’s rewarded for the effort he puts into it. He hasn’t missed the NHRA races here at Gateway Motorsports Park in 11 years, and this weekend McCuan plans to have his wife Ashley, daughter Charlotte and 265 of his enthusiastic customers with him.

Cruz Pedregon–Reading Advance

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NHRA Nationals – Reading, PA
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Cruz Pedregon took some time after Indy to hit the dirt track, and now he and the team are prepping the Snap-on Funny Car to take on Reading. “Reading has been a winner for us before, so we know with our current setup, we can make it happen again,” Cruz says. “Tommy (DeLago), the team and I have taken a good hard look at the runs we had in Indy, and we collectively have a positive outlook heading into the fall races of the NHRA season.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Reading Advance

Cruz Pedregon Indianapolis Advance

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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals – Indianapolis
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With all eyes on the prize of getting into the Top 10 of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, Cruz Pedregon and team have been hard at work to prepare for the upcoming weekend when the Snap-on Toyota takes to the team’s “home track” in Indianapolis. “For us, it really is the ‘Big Go,’ so we’ve set our sights on doing what it takes to make the runs and earn the points we need to qualify,” Cruz says. “We had a major change in the team with the addition of Tommy DeLago before Brainerd, and we’ve made some equipment updates that should pay off for us at this critical point in the 2018 season.”

Crew Chief Tommy DeLago says, “We added a new front half on the primary Snap-on Toyota chassis, and we have a brand new back-up chassis ready to go as we prepare for what is the most important race of the season for us as a team.”

Cruz and team are hosting an open house for fans Thursday in the Cruz Pedregon Racing shop located at 462 Southpoint Circle, Suite A, in Brownsburg, Indiana. Festivities will include food and a tour of the shop, as well as a variety of racing memorabilia, and a Snap-on mobile store. The team also plans to start-up one of the funny cars at the event. For more information, visit Cruz’s Facebook page.

Cruz Pedregon–Brainerd Advance

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Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals – Brainerd, MN
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Cruz Pedregon and team are undaunted by recent challenges and looking forward the weekend ahead in Brainerd. “I’m working with our new crew chief Tommy DeLago and assistant crew chief Glen (Huszar) to go over every aspect of the Snap-on Toyota with a fine-tooth comb to make sure the car is running at its peak performance this weekend,” Cruz says.

In an announcement made last week, Cruz shared news of the team changes saying, “Tommy has one of the most impressive resumes in the sport and we believe he can help take our Snap-on Funny Car to the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. His championship-winning experience will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

Huszar has experience working with DeLago who has a notable career as the crew chief of the 2011 Funny Car world champion driven by Matt Hagan. He also was the first crew chief to guide a nitro-fueled Funny Car to a pass under four seconds (3.995, Charlotte 2, 2011). Most recently, he was with Kalitta Motorsports where he tuned Alexis DeJoria to all of her five career wins, including the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 2014.

Along with making decisions about the team, Cruz took time after the Seattle race to travel to Nashville to attend the Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) of his primary sponsor. Cruz signed autographs by the Snap-on Toyota show car that was on display as a part of the SFC’s 150,000-square-foot show floor, always a popular photo spot at the annual event.

Cruz Pedregon–Seattle Advance

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NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle, WA
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Cruz Pedregon is heading to Seattle on a high after living the dream at Raiders’ Team Camp as the NHRA’s number one fan of the team. “That stopover with my favorite team after the race in Sonoma is the energy boost I needed to lead our great team back into top 10 Funny Car standings,” Cruz said. “I’m so proud of the team for getting the car ready to be the quickest overall in the first qualifying round last weekend after making a fast-turnaround run back to the shop for another body for the Snap-on Toyota. We’ll all be rested and revved this weekend for the Seattle race.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Seattle Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Sonoma Advance

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Toyota Sonoma Nationals NHRA Nationals – Sonoma, CA
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A trip back to Brownsburg to pick up the El Guapo body made for a busy week for Cruz Pedregon’s team leading up to this weekend’s Sonoma Nationals. “That was a trip we didn’t plan on having to make, but we’re getting everything back together and proving the resilience of this team,” Cruz says. “We’re coming off some strong runs and a round one win in Denver with our El Veijito (older person) body after blowing the new El Chicano body off during qualifying last Friday. In spite of a tough start to last weekend and a quick trip home to get another body, you’ll see the team rocking and rolling when we hit Sonoma Raceway.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Sonoma Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Colorado Advance

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Mile-High NHRA Nationals – Morrison, CO
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NHRA fans will see a new body and paint scheme on the Snap-on Toyota when Cruz Pedregon and team roll into Bandimere Speedway. “We’re excited to continue the team’s tradition of naming our Funny Car bodies, and we’ll be introducing ‘El Chicano’ this weekend and its new Snap-on Franchise ‘Own It’ paint scheme,” says Cruz. “The body name is one that reflects my heritage as a Mexican American, and I’m ready to show it off to fans watching the events at Mile-High this weekend.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Colorado Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Epping Advance

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NHRA New England Nationals – Epping, NH
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Cruz Pedregon and team are upbeat after spending time in their Brownsburg, Indiana shop before heading to New England. “We are really looking forward to Epping and aren’t letting the fact that we didn’t qualify last weekend get in the way of what we’ll make happen this weekend in the Snap-on Toyota,” says Cruz. “I honestly feel we have the best car in the pit and on the track, and we’re ready to show the fans what it can do.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Epping Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Norwalk Advance

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Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals – Norwalk, OH
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Cruz Pedregon and team made time to stop in their Brownsburg, Indiana shop this week before heading to Norwalk. The team is revved and ready for the fourth consecutive weekend race. “Jumping to eighth in the points has really bolstered this young team’s confidence as we get on the road to Norwalk,” says Cruz. “It feels good to have qualified in the top five in four of the last five races, and we’re confident we’ll do well Friday and Saturday and go rounds Sunday.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Norwalk Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Bristol Pre-Race

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NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals – Bristol
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For Cruz Pedregon, racing on Father’s Day weekend has special meaning as the son of Drag Racing legend “Flaming Frank” Pedregon. “My brother Tony and I are still in the business our Dad introduced us to, and we love carrying on the legacy of the sport for him and all the great fans,” Cruz says. “I’m driving and Tony’s in the booth for FOX now, and we both love that our children have known this sport from the very start of their lives. We’re proud to continue the tradition and appreciate all the families and sponsors who are doing the same by coming out to the tracks each week and watching the broadcasts.” This week, you’ll see the Snap-on Toyota in the Frankenstein body after El Chignon sustained significant damage in an explosion last weekend in Virginia that left only a side window intact. Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Bristol Pre-Race

Cruz Pedregon–Chicago Advance

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NHRA Route 66 Nationals – Chicago
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After qualifying in the top half at seven out of eight races, Cruz Pedregon says the Snap-on Toyota team is doing well and is excited about being at Route 66, the ”home” track of primary sponsor Snap-on with headquarters nearby in Kenosha, WI. “It will be good to have so many of the Snap-on folks at the track this weekend,” says Cruz. “At the end of last season, Snap-on renewed our contract to extend our great, long-time partnership. I set a track record here in 2015, so I’m up for setting a new one for our sponsor and all the terrific NHRA fans who’ll be watching at the track, online and on TV.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Chicago Advance

Cruz Pedregon–Kansas Advance

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NHRA Heartland Nationals – Topeka
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Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to the Heartland with renewed energy and sights set on the next win of the season. “The Snap-on Toyota is fast, and it’s exciting to get the round wins we know we can get out of the car,” says Pedregon. “Of course, a trip to the semi-finals and a recent Wally are confidence builders for the team. It’s something we all feel as a crew…it’s a real sense of gratitude that the hard work is paying off.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon–Kansas Advance

Cruz Pedregon Atlanta Preview

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NHRA Southern Nationals – Atlanta
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With Wally in tow, Cruz Pedregon and team are ready for another win as they head to Atlanta this weekend. “We are still riding high and know we’ve got the car, crew, fans and sponsor to make it happen again,” said Pedregon. “As the driver, I’m really motivated, and it feels good to be backed by talented people and a really great car.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon Atlanta Preview

Cruz Pedregon and Snap-on Funny Car Cruise to Victory in Charlotte

Cruz Pedregon and Snap-on Funny Car
Cruise to Victory in Charlotte

KENOSHA, Wis. – April 30, 2018 – Cruz Pedregon and the Snap-on Funny Car team knew everything was lined up for a win, and they were right. Pedregon captured his first win of the year and 36th career victory yesterday in Charlotte with a time of 4.05 at 316 mph. Continue reading Cruz Pedregon and Snap-on Funny Car Cruise to Victory in Charlotte

Cruz Pedregon Charlotte Pre-Race

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NHRA Four-Wide Nationals – Charlotte
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After the team’s strongest qualifying event of the season, Cruz Pedregon and crew are headed to Charlotte enthusiastic about what they’re seeing from the Snap-on Toyota Funny Car. “The car and new chassis are really responding well to the work we’ve done,” said Pedregon. “We’re thrilled with the more consistent 3.9 runs, getting faster with each pass, and we’re looking forward to making it the fifth race this season we qualify in the top half of the field.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon Charlotte Pre-Race

Cruz Pedregon Houston Preview

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NHRA Spring Nationals – Houston
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Cruz Pedregon and team will debut a new Snap-on Toyota chassis in Houston that will run full-time after this weekend. “It’s a terrific opportunity for us to have a fresh car on a track that’s been good to us in the past,” Pedregon says. “We always enjoy the races here in Texas. Since we’ve won here at Royal Purple three times before, the plan is to make it a nice even four wins.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We made a couple of test runs with the new chassis before we left Las Vegas, and we like what we were able to accomplish. We’re looking forward to great results this weekend.”

Cruz spent some time in Houston visiting Snap-on franchise customers and doing media interviews before Friday’s qualifying rounds.

On the side of Cruz’s car this week –
If you’ll check the side of Cruz’s car this week, you’ll see the name of local Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Ryan Kasper. Ryan has had his Snap-on franchise business since 1995 and says his interest started with a borrowed wrench. He needed something that would take a bolt off his four-wheeler, and his neighbor loaned him a Snap-on tool. Ryan also had two great uncles who sold Snap-on products, so the brand has long been a part of his family tree. He says he enjoys coming to the track and that “there’s nothing like the smell of nitro in the stands.”

Cruz Pedregon Gainesville Preview

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NHRA Gatornationals – Gainesville, FL
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Cruz Pedregon and team have the Snap-on Toyota tuned and ready for Gainesville. “We’re planning on a good string of runs like we’ve had at the Gatornationals as number one qualifier four years in a row,” Cruz says. “It felt great to have a career best 333 mph in Phoenix. Hitting the top speed of the meet has gotten us fired up for the weekend ahead.” Continue reading Cruz Pedregon Gainesville Preview

NHRA® Team Report NHRA Arizona Nationals – Phoenix Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Arizona Nationals – Phoenix
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Energized by a quarterfinals showing in the first race of the season, Cruz Pedregon and team are looking forward to what the Snap-on Toyota can do in Phoenix this week. “We’re getting our newer team members in tune with what we can make happen each week at the track, and that takes patience and encouragement,” Cruz says. “A round win and some strong runs in the first weekend of the regular season really demonstrated to them how it will pay off for us to all be on the same page when we hit the track in Phoenix this weekend.” Continue reading NHRA® Team Report NHRA Arizona Nationals – Phoenix Pre-Race Report

Cruz Pedregon Pomona Pre-Race

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NHRA Winternationals – Pomona, CA

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Cruz Pedregon is serious about success in the season ahead with a new chassis for the Snap-on Toyota and the addition of racing veteran Glen Huszar as assistant crew chief. “We ended last season getting the numbers we wanted and more consistency in our runs, and we are upping our game from that good place this year,” Cruz says. “Aaron (Brooks), the team and I finished the season with Glen helping us out in Vegas and Pomona, and we all liked what we could make happen together. It’s already working well with the 3.89 run at 330 mph we made during testing. That’s the fastest run ever for me at 1,000 ft.”
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