Tasca Misses Playoffs by Narrowest of Margins; Spoiler Role Begins in Charlotte for Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 9, 2012–For the first time since his rookie year, driver Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team will play spoiler in the NHRA Full Throttle Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Tasca was bumped from the 10th spot on the final day of the regular season when he lost in Round 1 to fellow Ford teammate Tim Wilkerson, who was also in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Tasca drove the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby to a 4.125-second pass at 309.06 mph to Wilkerson’s slower 4.131 at 303.84, but narrowly lost the race on the starting line with a .093-second light to Wilkerson’s .051.

“It’s certainly not the day we had expected,” Tasca said. “The car went out and made two great runs yesterday and made another solid run this morning. It was the quickest losing run of the round. We would’ve beaten a lot of other cars, but not Wilkerson. Hats off to that team. He got the win in a close race. Bottom line is, we’re going to keep marching on. We have a great car with this Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang. Certainly, we’re focused on qualifying well and picking up a few wins and playing the spoiler as the championship unfolds.”

The six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs begins this weekend with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.

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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