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Venables, Pendergrass sustain minor injuries

Updated: September 3, 2005, 8:43 PM ET
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CLERMONT, Ind. -- Q Racing Nitro Funny Car crew chief Dickie Venables and crew member Cody Pendergrass were treated and released from the infield care center following a scary starting-line incident during qualifying for this weekend's U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Just prior to his second-round qualifying pass, driver Tony Pedregon was having trouble completing his burnout. Pendergrass, who services the engine, went to inspect the injector area when trouble arose.

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