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Cruz having a tough run

Updated: October 12, 2003, 8:45 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN

He was born and raised within the sport of NHRA drag racing, long before it was a multi-million dollar industry where a driver could make a living as a professional racer.

His father, "Flaming" Frank Pedregon, passed along to his three sons his competitive genes, and Frank Jr., Tony and Cruz all have succeeded in forging their own racing careers in the NHRA POWERade series.

Cruz won the Funny Car championship in 1992 as a rookie; Frank is a U.S. Nationals champion driving for Jim ...

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