Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing Team to Start Fifth in Sunday’s NHRA Race in Sonoma

Bob Tasca III

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Shelby Mustang

Nitro Funny Car class

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series

22nd Annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals

Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California
July 24-26, 2009

Race 15 of 24

TASCA AND THE MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM TO START FIFTH IN SUNDAY’S NHRA RACE IN SONOMA

Sonoma, CA – July 25, 2009 – After posting the two fastest times during Saturday’s qualifying sessions, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang eagerly await race day on Sunday.

Out of the four qualifying sessions, Tasca’s best time took place on Friday afternoon when he piloted the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang to a 4.133 second run at a top speed of 300.13 miles per hour. This time seeded Tasca in the fifth position where he will face Brian Thiel in the first round on Sunday.

“Last night we ran good and finished the day as the No. 5 qualifier, but we missed it by a little bit,” said Tasca. “Then during Saturday’s sessions in the heat, we were the dominant race car. That Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang is the quickest race car in the country right now.”

Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team showed the packed house in Sonoma that they were a strong team and solid contenders for their second win of the 2009 season.

“We were real consistent and dominant in conditions that we’ll see on race day,” said Tasca. “To come out on Saturday and run as strong as we did in back-to-back sessions, we’re showing that this team is ready to take the competition on Sunday morning.”

In addition to keeping an eye on his race, Tasca will be watching the other pairings in the Funny Car class.

“There are some monster match-ups on the ladder this weekend,” said Tasca. “A lot of things play into the races. We hope to win a few more rounds this weekend and if we do, we’ll find ourselves locked-in the top-10.”

Qualifying Order

1. Matt Hagan

2. Mike Neff

3. Ashley Force Hood

4. Tim Wilkerson

5. Bob Tasca III

6. Jack Beckman

7. Del Worsham

8. John Force

9. Gary Densham

10. Tony Pedregon

11. Robert Hight

12. Brian Thiel

13. Jeff Arend

14. Ron Capps

15. Jerry Toliver

16. Cruz Pedregon

Did not qualify – Jeff Diehl and Grant Downing

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing on the Web

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/MQL_Racing

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MQLRacing

Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/motorcraftquicklaneracing/

Television

Saturday, July 25: ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 6 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, July 26: ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air NHRA Race Day, at 11 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, July 26: ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final eliminations at 9 p.m. (ET).

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