Pedregon outran Gary Densham, Johnny Gray, and Alexis DeJoria to advance to the final round. Like Schumacher, Pedregon says his team went to a conservative tune-up in the warm desert southwest weather conditions.
“We had to pull back a little bit,” Pedregon said. “We just raced the track, and we were smart. You live and learn. Even though I am in love with the big numbers and setting records and low e.t., sometimes you have to take what you can get and race within yourself, and that’s what we did today.”
With the runner-up finish, Force moved back into the points lead, and she is 14 ahead of Gray.
Pedregon moves to third overall, 17 back of the leader.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues with the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle, April 19-21 at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte.