DEARBORN, Mich., October 28, 2014 — Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang Funny Car team roll onto The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NHRA Nationals Oct. 31-Nov. 2 feeling positive about their chances for victory in the penultimate race of the 2014 season.
“Las Vegas is a fast track at this time of year,” Tasca said. “I’ve had some great runs there. I’m optimistic we’ll do well.”
The last time the NHRA visited Last Vegas in March, Tasca was fifth in points and sensed Lady Luck would be in his corner. Instead he rolled snake eyes. Engine and clutch problems kept the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang on the outside looking in when qualifying was complete.
“Everything that could go wrong went wrong,” Tasca recalled. “That was the worst weekend we’ve had in five years. It cost me a small fortune in parts. It was just a bad weekend.”
Tasca’s fortunes have been improving in recent weeks with more consistent qualifying runs, a semifinal appearance in the delayed Charlotte race in Dallas Sept. 20 and a first-round win over John Force in Reading Oct. 5.
The recent improvements, brought on by clutch adjustments, allow Tasca to put the first Las Vegas race firmly in the rear-view mirror.
“We’ve made some big strides in our short times, which is a big-time move for us,” Tasca said. “At Maple Grove (in Reading) we were in the Top 3 at 330 feet all weekend.”
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team expects its progress to continue when the action gets underway at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m. local time. Qualifying can be seen live Oct. 31 on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. EDT, and early Sunday morning, Nov. 2 from 2-3:30 a.m. on ESPN2 and again from 1-2:30 p.m. Eliminations can be seen live Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 and from 6-9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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, 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.