BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 13, 2008) – With the theme of the season being to take it one step at a time for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang team, the rookie and his Funny Car team heads into this weekend’s race at Bristol Dragway eager to capture their first team win.
“This weekend is a real important race for us,” said Tasca. “If you look back at the last few races, in Vegas we qualified our season best in the No. 3 position, Atlanta was our best showing with making it to the semi-finals, and St. Louis was hands down our most consistent performance of the season with getting the quickest ET of my career. So you can just see that at each race we establish a new high point for the program.”
The one step at a time approach has allowed the team to put together a solid collection of data through the first seven races of the season, and to successfully make more and more runs down the track.
“Going into Bristol, you kind of want to pull it all together,” said the Rookie-of-the-Year contender. “We want to qualify in the top half of the field, we want to have an extremely consistent car throughout qualifying and we want to go to the finals and ultimately win the race.”
While taking a one spot drop in the points after the series’ most recent event in St. Louis, Tasca’s team picked up three spots in the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship, jumping to sixth in the standings.
“I am real pleased with where we’re positioned right now. We may be 22 points out of 10th in championship points, but I think we’re only like 50 points out of being in the top six or seven, so it’s real tight. If we can go out and run off a win or a final round in Bristol, that will move us solidly into the top 10. It’s just about getting yourself in the top 10 to make the playoffs.”
Tasca recently announced the extension of crew chief Chris Cunningham, who he credits a lot of the progress the team has made this season.
“I’m really excited about making that announcement on Chris Cunningham’s extension,” said Tasca. “Clearly, he’s established himself as a force to be reckoned with out there. At the end of the day, I’m only as good as my crew and my crew chief. Chris and the guys have given me a great car, the consistency has been there.
“We are 100 percent focused on performing well going to Bristol. We’ve got a car that can win, period. We just need a few things to go our way to get this thing up in the field and we’re as dangerous as any team in the out there to win this race.”
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
– Tasca will attempt to make his seventh start of the season this weekend in Bristol.
– Tasca is 12th in the championship standings, 22 points out of the top 10. He also is sixth in the Full Throttle Pit Crew Challenge.
– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
– Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.
ABOUT THE DRIVER:
Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.