TASCA MAKES FIRST-ROUND EXIT IN BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 18, 2008) – It just wasn’t Bob Tasca III’s day at Bristol Dragway on Sunday as the rookie driver fell to Ron Capps in the first round of NHRA POWERade Drag Racing eliminations.

“Ron went out and made a solid pass,” said Tasca. “We just didn’t quite have enough for him today.”

The driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang’s record against Capps drops to 0-2 after posting a 4.923-second, 313.88 mph run to Capps’ 4.827-second, 316.52 mph pass.

“We expected the car to run a high 4.70, Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] was pretty confident on that,” said Tasca. “It’s just disappointing that the car just didn’t do what we expected it to. We also didn’t have that little bit of extra luck that you need in this sport. But, you can’t get down about it. The next race in Topeka is coming up, so now we focus on that.

“The team is going to pick up our new three-rail car this week in Indianapolis, which is the same style chassis that the Force teams are running with. Ford Motor Company has invested a lot of time into this new chassis to make it safer out here for us competitors, and we’re optimistic that it is going to show us a little something for our zero to 60 feet.”

The series takes the week off before heading to Topeka, Kansas for the 20th annual O’Reilly Summer Nationals May 30-June 1. It will be Tasca’s first visit to the Kansas track, and the ninth race of the 24-race NHRA schedule.

NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:

– Sunday Results: Eliminated First Round

Round One: Bob Tasca III: 4.923 ET / 313.88 mph

Ron Capps: 4.827 ET / 316.52 mph

– Tasca is 0-2 vs. Ron Capps

– 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.

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