Bob Tasca, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Qualify 11, Take on Matt Hagan in Rd 1 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, April 6, 2013—Bob Tasca qualified p11 with a 4.165-second lap at 307.09 mph at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and will race Matt Hagan in Round 1 Sunday.

The solid pass was a victory for Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team, who took on the monster task of switching blowers in the week between testing in Gainesville and qualifying at The Strip.

“I haven’t been this excited going into Sunday in a long time,” Tasca said. “The guys have worked so hard. People have no idea the work that went into the car since Gainesville. All the changes we made with the clutch set-up and blower set-up, and we come out of here, rolled it out of the trailer and made a great run yesterday with that 4.16, considering the conditions.

“We came out this morning in the heat with the 4.19, which was right in the middle of the pack, and then tonight, truthfully, we weren’t trying to run .14 or .15. Our plan was real simple. We were going to go to the top of the pack or smoke the tires. That right lane unfortunately got oiled down from start to finish. There was only one full pull in the right lane and it was a 4.14. But with all that said, we got some good data going into Sunday. Conditions will be a whole lot warmer. It’ll be a whole new ballgame out there and I can’t wait to get after it.”

Tasca’s next round win will be the 100th of his Funny Car career.

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