Joliet, Ill. – June 5, 2010 – When the pressure is on, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing step up to the challenge.
After rain cancelled one of Friday’s qualifying sessions, Tasca and the team attacked the track late in the day. Tasca posted the fifth quickest time on Friday with a 4.552 second pass at 194.94 miles per hour.
Heading into the final qualifying session on Saturday, Tasca and the team were sitting in the 18th position and not qualified for Sunday’s 13th Annual United Association NHRA Nationals. Cool under pressure, Tasca catapulted from 18th to fourth with a 4.136 second run at 305.56 miles per hour. That run was the top speed of the day and second quickest ET of the session.
“We lost the first run yesterday because of the rain,” said Tasca. “During the second session we broke an input shaft, which normally causes pretty severe damage to the race car. We were lucky and didn’t have any damage to our Shelby Mustang. Then, in the final session, we went from 18th to fourth. I give all the credit to Chris Cunningham, Marc Denner and all the guys for their efforts. They definitely put our team in a position to win on Sunday.”
Despite difficult qualifying conditions, the combination of crew chiefs Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner, the dedication of the entire team and Tasca’s determination, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team is solid and confident heading into Sunday’s eliminations.
“Chris, Marc and the guys – their timing was spot on because when we needed it, they put the right combination in the car and I did my job driving from A to B,” said Tasca. “All of us are very happy with that last run. I’m really proud of the guys.”
During the first round on Sunday, Tasca faces Paul Lee. This will be the first time Tasca faces Lee during eliminations.
“Our confidence level is high heading into Sunday’s eliminations,” said Tasca. “This is a sport that if you can qualify, you can win the race. It will be an exciting day. I feel confident that we’re going to go out and put on a good show for the fans.”
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Qualifying
1.Robert Hight; 2. Ashley Force Hood; 3. Matt Hagan; 4. Bob Tasca III; 5. Cruz Pedregon; 6. Jack Beckman; 7. Ron Capps; 8. Bob Bode; 9. Tim Wilkerson; 10. Del Worsham; 11. Daniel Wilkerson; 12. Jeff Arend; 13. Paul Lee; 14. Dale Creasy Jr.; 15. Tony Pedregon; 16. John Force.
Did not qualify – Justin Schriefer, Jack Wyatt and Jeff Diehl
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Sunday, June 6, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air NHRA Race Day, at 10 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, June 6, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise final eliminations at 4 p.m. (ET).
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