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It wasn’t looking healthy for Cruz Pedregon this time a year ago. Master tuner Rahn Tobler was long gone, Pedregon couldn’t a;ord another crew chief and anyway, all the good ones were
taken. Then he got an idea: I’ll do it myself. People snickered,
but Pedregon and his young team shocked everyone by the end
of the season, not just contending but winning. Out of title
contention well before the Countdown to the Championship
playo;s began, they won multiple Countdown events.
Of the tiny fraction of nitro drivers who tune their own cars,
Pedregon has never been anything but
a driver. He’s never built an engine in his
life. “Do I know how to time a camshaft?”
he asks. “I hate to admit it, but no. Have
I ever set the valve lash? Hell no. Could I
plumb a car or run all the computer
cables? Not with a gun to my head. I’d
probably end up with the fuel pump
hooked up to the driveshaft.
Cruz Pedregon has defied the odds
Words Todd Veney Images Marc Gewertz
and his pared-to-the-bone operation
is heading for the NHRA Countdown.