CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 16, 2012–Lane choice proved pivotal at the rain-plagued O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway Sunday.
Bob Tasca III and the FordParts.com Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team qualified ninth with a 4.124-second pass at 307.09 mph, giving lane choice to the higher-qualified Matt Hagan (p8) in Round 1. Lane choice, always important on race day, proved crucial after the four-hour rain delay as all cars in the right lane lost but one – John Force, who defeated daughter Courtney Force after her Ford smoked the tires and took a hard turn in the left lane.
Tasca smoked the tires and coasted to a 6.313 at 108.04 to Hagan’s 4.057 at 311.56.
“The rain really hurt the racetrack, that right lane,” said Tasca, who competed in the FordParts.com livery for the second and final time this year. “We didn’t have lane choice and we knew Hagan was going to go out and run a mid-0 and that’s what we had our car set up to do. The lane just wouldn’t hold it. Unfortunately it was an abrupt end to our day, but we have a four-in-a-row stretch and we have three more races back-to-back to get this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car back on track.”
The NHRA Full Throttle Series heads to Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas this weekend (Sept. 21-23, 2012).
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby 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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