ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 1, 2014— The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car made a quick exit from the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., dropping a first-round match up with fellow Mustang driver Robert Hight.
Hight’s 4.129-second/307.79-mph run was enough to stop Bob Tasca III who smoked the tires early in the contest on the way to a 8.090/76.61 pass.
“The car never moved,” Tasca explained. “We smoked the tires at 20 feet. No answers. No reasons. No malfunction. No nothing. It just did it. We never considered the early driveshaft as a problem because it was perfect all weekend. There’s no logical reason except that we run nitro methane.
“It’s very disappointing,” he continued. “We had the advantage off the line. Everything was stacked in our favor until 20 feet.
Tasca got the weekend off to a solid start with a 4.129/303.64 run in the first qualifying session, even though the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang lost a cylinder at the 700-foot mark. That put him in the ninth position going into the night session, which turned into a speed fest. Unfortunately for the Rhode Island native, while most of the field was putting up times in the low 4.0s and two in the 3s, he smoked the tires in the second session and ended up in 14th, needing a good run on Saturday to make the show.
Day two of qualifying got off to a rocky start with a 4.852/169.17 pass caused by smoked tires toward the end of the run, which was only good enough for 15th place. His 4.154/291.89 pass in the fourth qualifying session improved his starting position to 14th, but the engine blew toward the end of that run.
The team was feeling good going into Sunday’s action as overnight engine analysis found that an injector in the fuel system was at least partially plugged, leading to irregular flow that in turn caused cylinder overheating, piston damage, slower ETs and in the last qualifying session, a lost engine.
Team Tasca and the rest of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competitors get a week off before heading to Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., for the 14th Annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 13-15.
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Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by Legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca, Sr., in Rhode Island in 1962, after he realized the incredible potential of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” during drag racing’s infancy. At 16 years old, Bob Sr. started his first job at a Ford dealership. He opened his own Ford dealership at 27. Seventy years later, Tasca Ford still exists, run by the second and third generations of the Tasca family. Bob Tasca III, grandson of Bob Sr., has led the racing branch of the family since 2008 as driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car. When he’s not involved with his race team, Bob III works at the family dealership. The Tasca family is proud to say more than 50 years after Tasca Racing was founded, the phrase “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” is alive and well within the Tasca team.