GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 14, 2014 — Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III grabbed the provisional No. 1 qualifying position on Friday at the NHRA Gatornationals with a second-round run of 4.103 seconds at 304.39 mph.
“I don’t know what it is about Gainesville,” Tasca said after the second run. “I love racing here. It’s been awfully good to me over the years. We’re happy with the run. It gives us a little leeway tomorrow to go take some swings at it.”
Tasca’s first qualifying run was only ninth quickest at 4.790/171.42 as many drivers smoked the tires at about the half way point of the track.
“The track’s a little tricky,” Tasca said after the second run. “The groove is really narrow. It felt good through the middle of the track and I knew if it felt good through the middle that we could put up a pretty good run.”
Jack Beckman (4.108/275.96) and Chad Head (4.115/300.45) round out the top three. Robert Hight at No. 7 is the next-closest Mustang, Hight’s first-day best was 4.32/303.78.
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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.