LAS VEGAS (April 13, 2008) – It was a weekend full of making progress for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team in Las Vegas. The rookie driver made it to the second round of NHRA Funny Car eliminations before falling to Ron Capps.
“The right line just wasn’t the place to be today,” said Tasca. “You go out in the second round and your adrenaline is pumping and you really want to get into the semi-finals. We lost lane choice by just a small amount to Ron Capps for the round, and unfortunately, only one dragster went down it and no Funny Cars.”
Sunday’s race marked the second time this season that Tasca advanced to the second round of competition, and the first time he competed alongside Capps.
“The car got real loose on me and came sideways,” said Tasca, following his second run of the day. “I stepped off it and I pedaled it once, just in case Ron may have smoked the tires, but then I saw him out in front of me. The car came around towards the cone as I lifted, and when I lifted, I hit the cone. But that’s the difference between racing and qualifying. On Sunday, within reason you do whatever you can to get to the finish line and unfortunately for us we lost a little bit of traction and the car came around pretty hard. But Capps made a real good run down that left lane.”
To start the day, Tasca faced Melanie Troxel for the second time this season. The two first-year Funny Car drivers met in the first round of the season in Pomona, where Tasca earned his first round win of his nitro Funny Car career.
“It was a great weekend for our team, and we’re certainly building on the future and gaining some momentum,” said Tasca. “We don’t necessarily compare ourselves to who had the quickest run for the whole weekend, but we compare ourselves on how quick we are compared to the competition for each of the sessions. Through qualifying we were extremely consistent, and then today, it was great to get out there and get a round win. We’ve gained some momentum here and we’re going to carry that into Atlanta.”
The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will take a week off before heading to Atlanta in two weeks for the sixth round of competition. Tasca will enter the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway 12th in the points.
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
Elimination Round 1:
· Tasca: 5.00 ET/310.91 mph
· Troxel: 7.111 ET/ 150.08
Elimination Round 2:
· Tasca: Disqualified: Crossed the Centerline
· Capps: 4.989 ET/309.98
– Tasca beat Melanie Troxel in the first round, but fell to Ron Capps in the second round of eliminations.
– This was Tasca’s second appearance in the second round of competition this season.
– The race in Las Vegas was the fourth start for Tasca this season.
– Tasca is running a full season and running for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors
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, and is a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.