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Cruz back in a long-awaited hunt

Updated: May 11, 2005, 9:13 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

It was 13 years ago that a second-generation drag racer with gasoline in his veins and a fire in his belly burst upon the NHRA Funny Car scene.

He had a a colorful background, a determined will to win, and the driving talent necessary to make his mark in the sport with spontaneous flair.

That racer is Cruz Pedregon, son of the late "Flamin'" Frank Pedregon and one of three drag racing brothers who have all achieved success behind the wheels of nitro-fueled Funny Cars. Oldest brother ...

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