NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals Brainerd, MN – Pre Race Report

Posted on Aug 17, 2017

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NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals – Brainerd, Minn.

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Cruz Pedregon and team took the Snap-on Toyota to task at a match race before Brainerd, and it performed the way they plan for it to in the weekend ahead. “This top 10 position feels really good heading into the Playoffs. The car is doing just what we need it to do to move up in the standings in the next two critical races,” Cruz says. “We’ll take it a round at a time. But, running a 3.92 and a 3.93 before getting here has us in a good spot mentally and right where we want to be with our tuning.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’re ready to get a couple of rounds under our belt and qualify in the top five. As a team, we know we’ve got the Snap-on Toyota right where we want it. Cruz is feeling good, and so are we.”

This weekend, the Snap-on Toyota will be sporting its traditional paint scheme on the “El Jefe” body. Cruz’s El Guapo, the handsome one, body had some nose damage after a trip to the sand earlier this year. Cruz says the team is looking forward to the car living up to its name as “the chief.” To get a feel for what it’s like to go 322 mph in The Snap-on Toyota, check out Cruz’s recent video here.

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NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle, WA Pre-Race Report

Posted on Aug 3, 2017

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NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle, WA

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Heading to Seattle 10th in Playoff standings, Cruz Pedregon is positive about the trend he and the team see in the Snap-on Toyota. “We’ve held tightly to the top 10 spot since Bristol and feel good about qualifying in the top half of the field since early summer,” says Cruz.

On the road to Seattle, Cruz visited the Training Camp of his favorite NFL team, the Oakland Raiders. This is the third year in a row NHRA scheduled its most avid Raiders fan to be a part of the camp activities. During the Training Camp visit, Cruz talked with SiriusXM NFL radio host Gil Brandt about two of his passions – Raiders football and drag racing. “Nothing like a day with my favorite football team to get me pumped and ready for the race weekend ahead,” Cruz said. “I love that the Raiders’ website calls the year ahead a ‘Return to Greatness’ for the team. And, as a two-time world champ, I’m ready for our team and this car to do the same.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’re prepped for Seattle as a team; the Snap-on Toyota is running well; and Cruz is definitely in gear after spending some time in his home state and with his NFL team. The fans really have some great racing to watch in this tight Funny Car field this year. We’re pleased with the progress of our program this season and plan to stick with what’s working in the weeks ahead.”

On the side of Cruz’s car –

If you’ll check the side of Cruz’s car this week, you’ll see the name of Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Vince Conte. He was a 20+ year technician in a dealership before investing in a Snap-on franchise two years ago. He says it’s demanding work, but he enjoys being in charge of his own future and really likes the way things are going. Vince is a street bike and car guy, and he likes restoring older cars. The last one he fixed up was a ’67 Camaro. This weekend will be his first time meeting the Cruzer.

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Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals – Somoma, CA – Pre Race Report

Posted on Jul 26, 2017

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NHRA Nationals – Sonoma, CA

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Cruz Pedregon is feeling momentum heading into Sonoma. “Our trip to the semi-finals last weekend demonstrates that things are coming together for the Snap-on Toyota. It’s really exciting for us to be in a Playoff spot, and we’re good with the plan we have for returning to sea level after Denver,” Cruz says. “I always look forward to being back in the state where I grew up and am excited about visiting the Oakland Raiders Team Camp Monday after this weekend’s race. We’d love it if some of those guys would come out to the track and watch the pros in our sport before heading out to the practice field. We have a lot of fun when the NHRA works with us to pay a visit to the Team Camp each year.” Cruz is such a dedicated Oakland fan, he plans to unveil a new Raiders helmet later this season in Indy.

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We had a little nose damage on the El Guapo body after hitting the sand, so fans will be seeing El Jefe in Sonoma. Everything is running well with the tune up, and we’re expecting great things for the fans at the track and those watching at home on FOX.”

On the side of Cruz’s car –

If you’ll check the side of Cruz’s car this week, you’ll see the name of Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Phil Agnew. Phil was in consumer finance before starting his Snap-on franchise, and he says the two businesses actually have more in common than you’d think. But, he says he likes running his own business, and that’s why Snap-on is a good fit for him. Phil and Cruz have done a “Grill & Chill” event together with his customers, and he says he’ll have some of them here with him at the race this weekend. When he’s not at the track or running his Snap-on franchise, Phil is spending time with his family or doing mountain, road or cyclocross cycling.

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Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago, IL – Pre Race Report

Posted on Jul 6, 2017

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Route 66 NHRA Nationals – Chicago

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It’s a big weekend for Cruz Pedregon and team as they head into Chicago working to hold on to a coveted spot in the playoffs. Chicago will mark Cruzer’s 1,000th NHRA round, a milestone for a driver who has grown up in the sport. “Drag racing is a calling for me, not just because it’s my family sport, but because it’s my passion. And, to be staging for the 1,000th time is a real thrill for me personally and professionally…it’s a real nod to our great sponsors who ensure we have the tools to bring this sport to its legions of fans and to the team that keeps the Snap-on Toyota tuned and ready each race,” says Cruz. “I’m looking forward to this weekend, especially since it’s the ‘home track’ of our primary sponsor Snap-on. They will be out here this weekend

​,​ and we want to make it count.”

Crew Chief Aaron Brooks says, “We’ve got our eye on the prize, and that’s the playoff berth. Cruz set a track record here in 2015, and we believe we have the momentum to do it again. Each week, we’re seeing gains in the program and Chicago is where we plan to see it pay off.”

On the side of Cruz’s car –

This weekend, you’ll see the name of Snap-on Nitro Franchisee Eric Thomas. In his fifth year as a Franchisee, Eric learned about Snap-on working for the company that makes its mobile stores. Growing up enjoying racing, he used to focus on circle track and dirt racing…he even ran a drag car at a local track one season. His first NHRA race was right here in Joliet. Eric will be enjoying the race this weekend with a large group of friends and family.

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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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