Despite failing to make the playoffs, Cruz and his Weld Racing wheel equipped Funny Car has been a thorn in the side of those who did as he reached his second final of the postseason and took down four playoff runners Sunday, including new points leader Hagan in the final, 4.13 to 4.24.
“Friday if you had told me we would be here, I wouldn’t have believed it because we just didn’t have it together. We were doing things we were doing earlier in the year, and I thought, ‘Man, we’re really going to look like slouches,’ but we got it together Saturday. The car made two great runs Saturday, and we were just picking them off one at a time today. Other than the first round, we were flawless. We adjusted the car properly, and that’s just a credit to the team.”
Pedregon, winner two events ago in Charlotte, reached his 62nd career Funny Car final, which he won by just .006-second. Pedregon’s victory is the 28th of his Funny Car career.