READING, Pa., Oct. 3, 2012–Record-setting conditions will be served up this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway, where the oxygen-rich, cool air from the picturesque Pennsylvania hills can yield exactly what an 8,000 horsepower NHRA Full Throttle Series’ Funny Car needs to run at max capacity.
Maple Grove near Reading, Pa. is a favorite spot for Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang. He won there in 2009 and made it to the semifinals last year. It’s also where he made his debut in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been this excited about going to a race,” Tasca said. “I absolutely love to race at this track. When you go to a place like Maple Grove…it’s packed with fans every day and the conditions can be fantastic. When you look at a forecast and see 70s and 60s on the map, you know records could fall.”
The track’s concrete surface lays down the perfect foundation for quick laps, and Tasca is eager to see what the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford can do after a win in Dallas and solid qualifying performance in St. Louis.
“We had a better car in St. Louis than we did in Dallas,” Tasca said. “Our car is really responding. It’s running great speed and elapsed time (elapsed time). Take that and just add to it when you get to a track like Maple Grove.”
Qualifying and eliminations from the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals will be shown from 6-10 p.m. ET Sunday (Oct. 7, 2012) on ESPN2.
“This is what we live for, to go out there and flex our muscles in optimal conditions,” Tasca said. “That’s what we’ll see there.”
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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