DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 23, 2014 — Bob Tasca III qualified strong, putting his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car into eighth place for today’s eliminations at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Phoenix, but for the second consecutive event was ousted by fellow Ford Mustang driver John Force.
In Pomona two weeks ago, Force beat Tasca in the semifinals. This week, Force topped Tasca in the second round, 4.106 seconds/312.78 mph to 4.120/306.88.
“We made the run we wanted to make for the track conditions,” Tasca said. “Force made a better one. That’s the bottom line. We have a great car. Next stop is Gainesville.”
The next round of the Mello Yello NHRA Funny Car series will be the 45th annual NHRA Gatornationals, March 13-16 in Gainesville, Fla.
Tasca made it to round 2 by dispatching Ron Capps with a run of 4.090/312.42 to 4.441/260.66. It was the second elimination victory over Capps in as many events.
Tasca got into the show comfortably with a 4,078/306.40 run in the second qualifying session on Friday even though shaking tires made seeing down the track difficult. His first qualifying run was an unspectacular 7.422/78.68 effort.
“The tires shook during the first run and they did again in the second, but I felt that the car was going straight so I stayed with it and we had the type of run we wanted to make,” Tasca said after the first day of qualifying. “The hot rod is running great.”
During Saturday qualifying runs, Tasca ran 5.136/145.74 and 4.088/309.27 to secure eighth place and lane choice against Capps.
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Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by Legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca, St., 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.