CONCORD, N.C., April 13, 2014 — A promising weekend for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team, ended abruptly in the first round of eliminations at the 5th Annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
Tasca qualified fourth by piloting his machine down the track in 4.080 seconds at 311.70 mph in the second session on Friday. That time held up throughout the Saturday qualifying sessions as the track temperatures continued to increase under the warm North Carolina sun.
In the first Funny Car elimination run on Sunday, however, Tasca smoked the tires en route to a 4.310/256.36 run and was bested by fellow Ford driver Tim Wilkerson (4.109/311.70) and Blake Alexander (4.137/304.25). The final 4 Wide competitor, Cruz Pedregon, didn’t answer the call to the track due to mechanical problems in the pits.
“It’s a shame,” Tasca said immediately following his last run of the event. “This is one of the races you don’t want to lose. It’s very disappointing.
“Clearly we had a car that could win the race,” he continued. “We qualified fourth, had lane choice and had everything going in our favor. That’s why they don’t race on paper. It wasn’t good enough. Obviously it’s not how we wanted to end the weekend.
“We had a couple of strategies for approaching the hot track and the one we picked wasn’t the right one,” Tasca explained. “It’s frustrating because we had a car that went up and down the track consistently this weekend.”
In qualifying, the third-generation Ford dealer and drag racer was 10th after the first session with a run of 4.752/174.01 mph. His 4.749/174.77 and 4.160/298.60 runs on Saturday did no harm and he maintained his Sunday appointment with Wilkerson, Alexander and the absent Pedregon.
The next stop for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is Texas for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston.
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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.