CONCORD, N.C., April 20, 2013—Bob Tasca will face Tony Pedregon, John Force and Blake Alexander in the first round of the Dollar General 4-Wide NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway Sunday.
In the special format the NHRA Mello Yello Series competes with once a year at the four-lane track near Charlotte, drivers qualify and then compete four cars at a time.
Tasca qualified p7 on a 4.162-second lap at 307.16 mph to face Force (p2, 4.039, 316.08), Pedregon (p15, 4.739, 189.18) and Alexander (p10, 4.280, 293.22).
“That first run (Sunday), we’ll have an 85-degree racetrack,” Tasca said. “It’ll be the best conditions of the weekend, and then it’ll get much hotter as the afternoon goes on and the runs we ran (Saturday) will be the ones we’ll fall back on. We’ve just got to get past first round. It’s going to be a crapshoot. There hasn’t been a car out here that has had the opportunity to run on an 85-degree track because we didn’t get the Friday night session. It’ll be anybody’s ball game out there. I feel real confident about our chances. Once you get past first round, anything can happen.”
The first two Funny Car qualifying sessions were rained out Friday.
“The 4-Wide Nationals turned into a one-day qualifying nationals,” Tasca said. “That sets all the teams back because you don’t have the opportunity to really get the car dialed-in. You come into Saturday not qualified and you have to go down the track first session, which we did. In the second session, we wanted to get aggressive and see if we could step up. The track got worse because it’s in the heat of the day and you saw a lot of cars smoking the tires.
“But really, the mindset is you qualified, so there’s no reason to drag it up and try to run the same number. We just pulled on it a little bit too much. The good news is we got a full pull from the first session we can look at. We got some good data on that second run to get prepared for tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning, we’ll have unbelievable conditions.”
ESPN2’s race coverage is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. ET Sunday.
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