NHRA Summit Racing & Equipment Nationals Norwalk – Pre Race Report

Posted on Jun 21, 2017

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NHRA Summit Racing & Equipment Nationals – Norwalk

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Cruz Pedregon and team are moving the points needle in the right direction heading to Norwalk in the number 10 Funny Car spot. “The Snap-on Toyota is responding well on a hot track, something we’ve known about the car for years. But, we’ve made enough changes since last year that we’re working hard to see it even out and respond well under any condition,” says Cruz. “We’re seeing solid runs out of the car, which helps us focus and set our sights on winning a race and moving up in the rankings.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “The team and I would love to help Cruz bring home a first-time Norwalk race win. He’s got 35 career wins, and Norwalk would make a nice 36th. It’s a great track, with great fans, and, with the program we’re building, we are confident our best races are ahead of us this season.”

Name on the side of Cruz’s car – Norwalk

On the side of Cruz’s car this weekend, you’ll see the name of Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Doug Poole. He’s known to some in the region as “The Legend,” after 29 years in his Snap-on franchise business. He says his work isn’t selling tools…it’s helping people. He was a drummer for a rock band in his early career and a mechanic, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was a body man at a Studebaker plant. His Dad is still wrenching. He surprised his Dad this Father’s Day with his dream car…a 1964 Ford Galaxy.

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Thunder Valley Nationals – Bristol Pre Race Report

Posted on Jun 14, 2017

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Thunder Valley Nationals – Bristol

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A quarter-final finish is what Cruz and team needed heading into Thunder Valley this weekend. The momentum is moving in the right direction according to Cruz, “We stopped in Indy to take a closer look at the clutch issue that kept us from going past the second round in Englishtown. So, look for us to have a better handle on that in Bristol. We’re seeing the other changes we’ve made throughout the season beginning to pay off, and we’re just seven points away from a place in the Countdown. We’ve really come a long way since the start of the season.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “I’m so proud to see the car doing what we know it’s capable of – Cruz and the whole team have worked hard to make it happen. We’ve qualified in the top half of the field three of the last six races, and it’s gratifying to see our work paying off.”

Racing this Father’s Day weekend is meaningful to Cruz as a Dad himself and as a son of one of the sport’s legends, “Flaming Frank” Pedregon. “My brother Tony and I are keeping the family business going with Tony in the booth for FOX and me behind the wheel of a Funny Car,” says Cruz. “Drag racing is something we grew up with and a life and a sport we love sharing with all the great NHRA fans. I’m hoping lots of dads will make it a memorable Father’s Day by coming out to the track and enjoying the race or getting together with family at home to watch the broadcast on TV. It’s a great sport to share with your kids, and I’m sure glad my Dad shared it with me.”

Name on the side of Cruz’s car – Bristol

On the side of Cruz’s car this weekend, you’ll see the name of Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Joey Frazier. Joey grew up in nearby Gray, Tennessee and has owned his Snap-on franchise for the past seven years. He says he enjoys that his work involves something new and different just about every day, and he credits much of his success to his assistant Wayne Hartley. Joey’s had Cruz ride-along with him on his route before, and says Cruz was a big hit with his customers…most of them wanted to tell him about their cars and ask him what it’s like to drive a Funny Car. Joey will be out here at the track and in Cruz’s pit this Father’s Day weekend with his wife, Beth, and children Austin and Ava Kate.

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NHRA New England Nationals Epping NH – Pre Race Report

Posted on Jun 1, 2017

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New England Nationals – Epping, NH

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Cruz Pedregon is headed to the New England Nationals encouraged by a career best run in Kansas where a 3.88-second run at 326 and an earlier 3.92 at 324 showed more of what he believes the team and Snap-on Toyota are capable of. “The team is committed to ‘smart’ racing, getting the car down the track consistently and closer to that first win of the season,” Cruz says. “After these really good recent passes, we’re excited to see what the Snap-on Toyota can do for the crowd at Epping and the great NHRA fans watching on FOX.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks agrees that the team is doing what it takes to get the Snap-on Toyota running its best for Cruz, “In spite of the weather we had in Kansas, we were able to get two really good runs out of the car, and we’re expecting to do the same or better in the cool, damp conditions we think we’ll see in Epping. This car used to perform best on a hotter track, but with the updates we’ve made, we know it can run well no matter the conditions.”

Name on the side of Cruz’s car – Epping

If you check the side of Cruz’s car this weekend you’ll see that this week’s Nitro Franchisee is Andrew Lazear. He’s had his franchise four-and-a-half years and says he enjoys selling what he calls “the best brand.” Andrew’s first time at the track was four years ago, and he thought it was “absolutely incredible” and a “different kind of beast” than any other racing he’d seen. He’ll be here with us this weekend, but most of his time away from work is spent on a diamond. He played baseball in college and practiced with the minors…now he’s coaching his children’s teams. He’ll be spending time with Cruz in his pit and will have some family members and Snap-on customers here with him Sunday.

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NHRA Heartland Nationals Topeka – Pre Race Report

Posted on May 18, 2017

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NHRA Heartland Nationals – Topeka

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The Snap-on Toyota has been going through the rigors of testing prior to the race in Topeka this weekend. Something unique about these test runs is not having Cruz Pedregon, the team’s owner and driver, behind the wheel. With changes made after the Atlanta race, the team took advantage of having another licensed Funny Car driver in the Pedregon family to fill in during the runs. Cruz’s brother Tony, a long-time NHRA driver turned FOX Sports commentator, obliged the team by filling in for the runs and marked a career best 3.97.

“It was important to Aaron (Brooks – crew chief) to try out some of the changes we made before we loaded the car for Kansas, and it worked out well to have Tony available, approved and ready to drive the Snap-on Toyota for us while testing near the shop in Indy. I wouldn’t let just anyone drive my race car,” said Pedregon. “Every run this season we’ve been collecting data, and we’re going into Topeka ready to see the winning results we’ve been working towards.

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “Having your driver 2,000 miles away when you need to test does present a challenge, but not one we couldn’t overcome. Just like with the car, we’ve had our challenges this year, but we’re confident the work we’ve done over the past weeks will pay off.”

Cruz has had four previous Topeka wins and set a track record at Heartland Park in 2012.

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Topeka

Local Snap-on Franchisee Rick Nichols is this week’s Nitro Franchisee. Rick enjoys being his own boss and says he loves supplying customers with “the best tools and the best service.” He’s a pro stock fan, even doing some of his own Quick 8’s racing in Kansas City and Topeka. He likes Funny Car, too, and spent time getting Cruz’s autograph at the races before. This weekend, Rick will get to be in the pit with Cruz, and it will be HIS name of the side of the Snap-on Toyota.

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NHRA Southern Nationals Pre-Race Report

Posted on May 3, 2017

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NHRA Southern Nationals

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After some promising testing results, Cruz Pedregon and team are heading to Atlanta. “The testing we just completed is going to pay off for us in Atlanta. I put down a career best time earlier this week with the changes we made, so we’re excited to see what car will do for us in the weekend ahead,” said Cruz. “We pushed the Snap-on on Toyota during the 4-wide and made some adjustments, but knew testing would offer up some good information before we took on the Atlanta Dragway,” said Pedregon.

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’re really proud of what we got out the testing Monday, and we’re confident it’s going to be valuable for Atlanta and beyond. The weather is something we’re watching closely, since it’s supposed to be quite a bit cooler in Georgia. Come out to the track or watch the NHRA race coverage on FOX, because we’re expecting big things from Cruz and the car.”

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Atlanta

Local Snap-on Franchisee Anthony Christ is this week’s Nitro Franchisee. Celebrating two years as a Snap-on franchisee, Anthony is a previous mastertech who was looking for the perfect career opportunity. The advances in tools and technology really intrigued him, and he found out more about the business from his own Snap-on franchisee. He’s a racing fan, and will be at the track this weekend. But when he’s not working or watching racing, you’ll find him enjoying the great outdoors.

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NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Charlotte Pre-Race Report

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

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NHRA 4-Wide Nationals – Charlotte

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Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to the Charlotte NHRA 4-Wide Nationals energized after the best weekend of the season for the team and a new career-best 3.897-second pass.

“It’s taking time for things to come together during the early part of the season, but our hard work is starting to pay off,” said Pedregon. “Charlotte will be race number six for this collective team, and we knew early on it would take five or six races to get things moving in our direction. We’re feeling really confident about the way things are going.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’re ready to be in one of the top spots again this weekend, because it sure felt good in Houston. We think the 4-Wide is a race everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime, and we plan to be part of the good things happening for fans to see Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the track in Charlotte.”

“Charlotte’s been a winner for us before, and we ran a 3.9 there last year, so watch for big things to come from the Snap-on Toyota,” Cruz says.

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Charlotte

Local Snap-on Franchisee Dwayne Shivers is this week’s Nitro Franchisee. Dwayne’s been working hard as a Snap-on franchisee for the past nine years, but on weekends, he’s driving something other than his Snap-on mobile store. Dwayne is a “die hard” racing fan who has been bracket racing in the point series at his nearby track for almost 25 years. He’ll be here with customers and friends and taking pictures with Cruz in the pits.

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NHRA Nationals – Vegas Pre Race Report

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

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NHRA Nationals – Las Vegas

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After another round of testing yielding positive results, Cruz Pedregon and Team are Las Vegas bound. “Testing in Gainesville went well, and we ran a 3.98 at 316 mph, so we’re getting the Snap-on Funny Car where we want it to be,” says Cruz. “We are continuing to build a good database of runs for Aaron (Brooks) to work from.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’ve been purposeful with testing, and we’re seeing good information we can use heading into what we hope will be a ‘wheelie-less’ Las Vegas race.” Brooks is referring to the history-making 700-foot+ wheelie the Snap-on Toyota registered with Cruz safely at the helm last fall at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

El Chingon, the “wheelie car,” sustained enough damage to retire it, so fans can expect to see El Guapo, “the handsome one,” on the track this weekend.

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Las Vegas

Check out Cruz’s car to see the name of Las Vegas-native and Snap-on Franchisee Steven Herd. Steven was an automotive technician prior to becoming a Snap-on franchisee a year ago. He says he “absolutely loves” working for himself and values the relationships he has with his customers. Steven’s been known to run some wheelies of his own when spending time four-wheeling. This weekend, he’ll be here at the track with his wife and son and spending some time with Cruz and the team.

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NHRA Gatornationals – Gainesville Pre Race Report

Posted on Mar 8, 2017

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NHRA Gatornationals – Gainesville

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Cruz Pedregon and team tested in Phoenix in preparation of the Gatornationals and are looking to make things happen on the track in Gainesville. “Gainesville is a good track for us…four number one qualifiers and a win here.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’re still working on the clutch. And, like Cruz, I’m meticulous about the car. So, we’re going over every aspect of it and expect to have things come together soon.”

The team is continuing its fan favorite tradition of naming the car body that will run at each race. This weekend, you can expect to see El Guapo, “the handsome one,” on the track.

Prior to the race this week, Cruz visited several auto shops in the area with three Snap-on Franchisees. He took the time to talk tools, NHRA racing and sign autographs for

Snap-on customers in the Gainesville area, which has become an annual event prior before the Gatornationals.

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Gainesville

Check out Cruz’s car and you’ll see the name of Snap-on Franchisee David Mortensen. David was an auto technician, shop foreman for a dealership and a Snap-on “junkie” in his previous career. He says he likes the independence of his franchise business and interacting with his customers. David has been a regular at the Gatornationals, and he’ll spend some time in Cruz’s pit and in the stands here at the track with us this weekend.

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NHRA Arizona Nationals Pre-Race Report

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

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NHRA – Arizona Nationals
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Coming off a career best time in the opening race at Pomona and looking ahead to Phoenix, Cruz Pedregon says the potential for the Snap-on Toyota this year is “through the roof.” “We’re a new team, so there are some growing pains. But everyone is feeling positive and motivated,” Cruz says. “We’re going to Phoenix to put four good qualifiers together, and we believe we could just mow through the field…no problem.”

New Crew Chief for the Snap-on Toyota Aaron Brooks says, “When this car does go down the track consistently, it will light up the scoreboard. We believe it’s the kind of car and Cruz is the kind of driver that will win out in the end.”

Cruz and Aaron say they had the car “backed down” to get into that narrow window to put a career best run in the books, and that’s what is giving them a better picture of what it will take to make this a winning season for the team. “We need three or four races to get into the groove, but it’s going to happen,” says Cruz. “Phoenix was my first national win back in ’88 in a top alcohol dragster. We were the funny car winner here in ’93 and runner up in ’94, so we’re excited to see what we can make happen this weekend.”

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Phoenix
Check out Cruz’s car this weekend and you’ll see the name of Snap-on Franchisee Mike Eastman. Before he became a Snap-on franchisee 27 years ago, Mike says he could tell you anything you wanted to know about produce, but nothing about tools. As a middle manager for one of the largest global produce companies, he says he was on the fast track to the top. But he wanted to own his own business, and he says his success with Snap-on is because the company taught him well. He says his Snap-on franchise is his “heart and soul.” Mike says he really respects Cruz for taking the time out before a race to spend time with Snap-on franchisees and customers, and he looks forward to joining him in the pit this weekend.

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NHRA Winter Nationals – Pomona Pre-Race Report

Posted on Feb 8, 2017

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NHRA Winternationals – Pomona
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Cruz Pedregon’s team is kicking off the 2017 NHRA season with big news – the hiring of
Aaron Brooks as the team’s crew chief. Cruz is taking off his tuning hat for the first time in years and focusing on his favorite things, driving the Snap-on Toyota Funny Car and spending more time with fans.

“I’ve known of Aaron and his talent for a long time…especially his love of Funny Cars,” says Cruz. “He and I talked years ago about it. He’s had success in his recent work, and I really appreciate how detail-oriented he is, especially about the aesthetics. The cars he’s worked on are all well-built works of art with strong performance.

“He and the team have been working long hours, as the other teams have been, getting ready for testing and the upcoming season. We’ve done a complete overhaul of the Snap-on Toyota, going over every inch of the program, blending my team members with some of Aaron’s, and I’ve bought a lot of new equipment. We’re going to be looking good, because we’ve built what we need to contend and win.”

Before coming to the team, Brooks used many of the same engine components as Cruz, but he says fans will see a different running Snap-on Toyota this season. “We’re expecting it to be a top tier car this year,” says Brooks. “We plan on doing what it takes to go rounds, especially since we have all our resources going into one car. It’s fun knowing Cruz will be spending more time on things he considers important, mainly getting into the driver’s seat and spending more time with NHRA fans.”

On the Side of Cruz’s Car – Pomona
Check out Cruz’s car this weekend and you’ll see the name of area Snap-on Franchisee Mike Udell. He’s been a Snap-on Franchisee for 10 years and says his love of tools during his motorcycle mechanic days led him to look at Snap-on as a business he could own. He still rides his dirt bike, but he’s added fishing into the mix of his outdoor activities. Mike’s met Cruz in the past and is looking forward to bringing some of his “fanatic” racing friends to the track with him this weekend to hang out with Cruz in the pit and watch the Winternationals.

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