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Cruz Pedregon not ready to go back to broadcast booth

Cruz Pedregon gives his Wally a Mello Yello bath at Englishtown
Cruz Pedregon gives his Wally a Mello Yello bath at Englishtown
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NHRA veteran Cruz Pedregon, who won the most recent Funny Car Wally at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, spent some time in the broadcast booth a few years back, something that he enjoyed but would rather not go back to right now.

“The guy they (ESPN) have up there is doing a pretty good job so I don't know that they would even want me back,” said Pedregon in a recent NHRA teleconference. “Mike Dunn does a good job there. I do think about life after racing, and, yeah, I don't know what I want to do yet. You get older and you figure, man, how long am I going to race and all that kind of business. But for right now, I'm enjoying what I'm doing and I'm getting a little bit better at it, so maybe I can stay around a little bit longer.”

Pedregon’s win was in his second-straight final round appearance, having been runner-up to Courtney Force in her historic 100th win by a female at Kansas. He credits his recent run of good luck to good communication with his team, something that harkens back to his broadcasting stint.

“It's all about communication,” said Pedregon. “We have several team members, and I think I have 15 employees along with my race team. And from top to bottom, it's always a challenge at a certain level; and it's always an ongoing thing, interpreting what you want and being able to really fine tune your team through your people, I think that's the key. So here we are, once the car starts performing, it seems like everything falls into place. So for some of the younger guys on the team to see that and see what we are capable of, definitely helps – that confidence is definitely key when you get a win like that, or when we set a record like we did, that definitely contributes.”

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series gets back on track Friday through Sunday, June 13th through 15th at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, home of the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.

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