Seven years later, Force, Pedregon officially bury the hatchet
It was one of the wildest off-track moments to ever take place at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, and seven years later, John Force and Tony Pedregon officially buried the hatchet – on national TV, no less – after their wild, name-calling, body-shoving spat at the 2009 event.
Pedregon had openly accused Force of deliberately losing his semifinal race with teammate Robert Hight so that Hight could advance to the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Exacerbating the situation was that Hight’s win knocked defending Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon -- Tony's brother -- out of the Countdown. Hight ultimately was able to win the championship from the 10th seed, the lowest seed that has even gone on to win a championship in the Countdown era.
The two shared a feel-good moment during this year's event, sealed with a trademark Force kiss on the cheek of Pedregon, who is no longer competing and is NHRA FOX’s analyst for the national broadcasts.
“Spark of Hope” announces its 5th Annual Charity Auction to benefit cancer research
The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, Inc. “Spark of Hope” announces its 5th Annual Charity Auction to benefit cancer research at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.
The live auction will be held at the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Cruz Pedregon’s Snap On hospitality area following the last pro qualifying run on Saturday, September 3rd. 2X Funny Car Champ/FOX Racing Analyst, Tony Pedregon, will emcee the event. Race fans are welcome and will find unique collectables from their favorite teams/drivers to bid on.
Foundation director Andrea Pedregon said, “The auction is always entertaining and ultimately raises money for a great cause I am very passionate about. This year we will honor my brother in law, 3X NHRA Top Fuel Champ, Larry Dixon, who was recently treated for throat cancer. He has always been a tough competitor and beating cancer was just another battle he successfully got through. For that, we are immensely grateful.”
Dixon was treated at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. For more information regarding his story please visit http://bit.ly/2aWHfMr .
The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation “Spark of Hope” was established in 2010 and is best known for its projects and auctions. Funds raised go to children’s causes, children’s cancer research, melanoma and prostate & colon cancer research. To date, Andrea’s charity has donated close to $200,000. The foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For additional information regarding the auction, go to www.apcf.tonypedregon.com.
U.S. Nationals to be shown live on broadcast TV for first time
FOX Sports offers comprehensive live Labor Day weekend coverage of the prestigious 62nd annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, drag racing’s premier event and the final race before the highly anticipated Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs begin later in September.
FS1 airs highlights from U.S. Nationals qualifying Sunday, Sept. 4 (Noon and 5 p.m. ET). Coverage continues on FS1 with two hours of live eliminations Monday, Sept. 5 (11 a.m. ET), before moving to FOX at 1 p.m. ET for a three-hour show.
Monday’s Final Round on FOX marks the first time in history the historic event will air live on broadcast television.
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The Big Go Block Party
COME JOIN US TUESDAY FOR THE BIG GO! PARTY AND DUNK TONY P AGAIN (OR YOUR OTHER FAVORITE)! ALL FUNDS FROM THE DUNK TANK WILL BE DONATED TO THE ANDREA PEDREGON CHERITY FOUNDATION.
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