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Pedregon back on course

Updated: July 26, 2003, 12:52 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN

Only two drivers in the history of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series have won professional championships in their rookie season: Gary Scelzi in Top Fuel in 1997, and Cruz Pedregon in Funny Car five years earlier in 1992.

Pedregon's championship run is the stuff of legend. Trailing John Force by a wide margin for the points lead heading into the season's final six races, Pedregon won five of them and earned the distinction of being the only driver other than Force to win the F/C championship ...

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