DEARBORN, Mich., June 11, 2014 – The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team is confident it can turn the frustration of the last couple of months into visible progress at the 14th Annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., June 13-15.
“We know that we’ve made progress,” said owner/driver Bob Tasca III. “We know that we have a better car than we’ve had. We just don’t have anything to show for it. We need to start winning rounds. That’s the bottom line. One race win and we’re in a whole different situation than we’re in right now. But we need that win and we need it soon.”
Tasca had gone nearly two months without an elimination round win before scoring a victory in round 1 at Topeka, which pointed in the direction of progress. Another smoking-tires first-round exit in Englishtown had him scratching his head a bit.
“I don’t know why we smoked the tires,” he said. “It just did it. The engine was happy and the cylinder temperatures were good. We just lost traction at 20 feet.
“We’ll take a week off, put the pieces back together and roll into Bristol with a car that’s as good as we’ve had,” said Tasca. “That which doesn’t break you makes you stronger. This team won’t be broken down. We’ll fight to the end and I’m very optimistic that when we turn that corner we’ll go on a good run.”
The action in Bristol gets underway on Friday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. ET at Bristol Dragway. Qualifying can be seen June 14 on ESPN2 from 6-8 p.m. ET. Eliminations will air June 15 on ESPN2 from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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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.