Drag-Racing Mystery: Frank Pedregon and the Fiat with the Flaming Tires

1965-sacto-taco-taster-frank-pedregon-vs-bob-hall-copy-1587393557.jpgWhether it was Scott Injection or just soaking the tires in gasoline, Pedregon's trick was never fully explained.

Before burnouts became popular, Flamin' Frank Pedregon stole the show in the 1960s at iconic Southern California drag strips such as Lions Drag Strip in Los Angeles. 

Fans thought of Pedregon as a mechanical magician for his unique shtick of igniting the tires on his Fiat coupe front-engine dragster and making them smoke all the way down the track.

"It was truly unique in the way it looked and the way the tires burned going down the track—it was the one and only car that went down the track like that," his son Cruz Pedregon, a two-time NHRA Funny Car champion, said. "It really became a fan favorite as he raced a lot." 

But even Flamin' Frank didn't know for sure how he did it. Or at least he kept the secret recipe to himself.

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Racing four-wide offers challenges and opportunities for drivers


Photo NHRA - In advance of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, two-time NHRA Funny Car champ and current NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon offers a driver’s-eye perspective of what goes on in four-wide competition.

With two four-wide races now on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, including this weekend’s first four-wide at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, drivers will have to put even more of a premium on their preparation for the process.

The Four-Wide rules advance the first two finishers of each “quad” into the next round, so it’s not uncommon to see a driver who might have aborted his run in a two-wide scenario stay after the run in the four-wide configuration still with hopes of finishing at least second.

In advance of the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, two-time NHRA Funny Car champ and current NHRA on FOX analyst Tony Pedregon offers a driver’s-eye perspective of the event.

Whether you like the concept or not, racing four cars at a time adds a different dynamic for a driver that has become accustomed to having to face just one opponent at a time.

From the onset, it’s pretty electric when one suits up and straps in and starts only to hear more than one other car start up and start to cackle. You have to trust that your crew chief has factored in how long the other cars run so that it doesn’t change your timing in doing a burnout and backing up. 

The most challenging part of four-wide racing is rolling forward for the staging procedure. Pre-staging can be routine, but if you’re in Lane 2, you now find yourself looking across a series of lights that represent each driver’s lane. The tendency for that driver is to look at the light farthest to the right, but at Four-Wide that would be the driver in Lane 4. Sounds easy but still seems to confuse some. Check out the video at right that we filmed at last year's Four-Wide race in Charlotte.

Once pre-staged, no one will like to stage first because it would put you at risk of building unwanted temperature in the engine, clutch, or even running low on fuel if someone is taking their sweet time, whether they are doing it intentionally or not. And once a brave soul does roll in to stage, the others seem to rush in to be second or third into the stage beams. Read Full Story


NHRA Features Chosen Payments on Fox News

NHRA partners with national credit card processor Chosen Payments. Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon will serve as an ambassador of Chosen Payments

MOORPARK, Calif. (PRWEB) January 17, 2018 Chosen Payments CEO, Jeff Brodsly was recently featured on FOX Sports. Chosen Payments was featured on the national network as the preferred credit card processor of the NHRA, its members, fans and vendors. The national processor was recently named one of the Top 10 credit card processors in the United States by Retail CIO Magazine. Chosen Payments handles credit card processing at all NHRA tracks including ticket sales, concession stands and other ancillary sales that take place at NHRA tracks or on NHRA.com. 

Chosen Payments is the preferred or exclusive provider in many vertical markets and maintains partnerships with trade associations serving many industries including funeral care, chiropractic care, jewelry stores, moving companies, ground transportation companies and others in the automotive industry such as car dealerships and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). 

Brodsly was interviewed by Fox Sports reporter, Lewis Bloom during the annual SEMA (Specialized Equipment Market Association) Show held October 30 through November 2nd in Las Vegas. The show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event of the world. It draws a crowd of 165,000 people to see the latest automotive products, customized cars and builders to one place. 

Brodsly took the opportunity to reveal that 2-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon would be serving as an ambassador of Chosen Payments. Brodsly indicated during the interview that he is currently evaluating the sponsorship of an NHRA team. The interview with Bloom was simulcast on NHRA.com. Bloom interviewed many members of the NHRA Aftermarket. 

Brodsly says, "It was an honor to be selected to be featured on a national network along with representatives from Coca Cola, Papa John's Pizza and other big-name companies. In fact, it was the highlight of my career!"     

Link to video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDBtwS7eXao



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