CONCORD, N.C., April 21, 2013—Bob Tasca earned his 100th-career Funny Car round win at the Dollar General NHRA 4-Wide Nationals on Sunday at zMAX Dragway.
After qualifying p7 with a 4.162-second lap at 307.16 mph in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang, Tasca clocked the best pass of his first-round quad (4.152, 307.44) to reach the career milestone.
Tasca smoked the tires to a 6.399 at 110.94 in round two, as opponents Matt Hagan and Blake Alexander advanced. 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.
The career milestone gives the team, many of whom have been with Tasca since his rookie year, momentum for next week’s O’Reilly Auto Parts SpringNationals in Houston.
“It was a really exciting first-round win for our team, to earn our 100th round win with Motorcraft and Quick Lane,” said Tasca, a sixth-year driver from Rhode Island. “We weren’t so excited in the second round. We weren’t expecting the car to do what it did. We really didn’t change a whole lot. We were hoping to go out there and run a 4.12 and give ourselves a shot to get into the final round, but it wasn’t what the racing gods had in store.
“We made a lot of progress with this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car coming out of Las Vegas and we’re at the beginning of three in a row. We want to gain some points. We picked up some points on some people ahead of us, and put a few on some people behind us, but that’s not enough. You’ve got to keep going rounds and that’s what we’ll be focused on doing in Houston.
“One-hundred wins, it’s kind of great to get that monkey off my back. It kind of crept up on me. The only thing I’m hoping for is that the next 100 come a whole lot quicker.”
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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 and Ford team.