NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle, WA Pre-Race Report

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NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle, WA

Pre-Race Report

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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