CHARLOTTE, April 15, 2012–Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team had a little extra support at zMAX Dragway Sunday, in the form of Len and Eddie Wood of Wood Brothers Racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Trevor Bayne and Donnie Wingo, crew chief of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion.
Tasca cruised through a brutal Round 1 quad that included two other Fords – Tim Wilkerson and Robert Hight, who came to Charlotte on a three-race winning streak. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team advanced on a 4.079 at 314.46 with Hight and went on to face Hight again in Round 2, with Cruz Pedregon and Jack Beckman rounding out Tasca’s side of the semifinals at the four-lane track.
Each round of eliminations features four cars on the four-lane drag strip, rather than the standard two.
It was in the semis where Tasca ran into trouble.
“You feel the race car, you listen to the race car, and on that run I felt it take the tire off right when the motor and the clutch were going one-to-one,” Tasca said. “I heard the motor jump way up, felt the car wash out, pulled it back into the center line, then I heard it start to recover. It was actually dropping cylinders, which gave the car the opportunity to gain traction. I didn’t know what was going on in the other lanes. I just wanted to get to that finish line, hoping that win light would come on.”
Hight went on to complete a weekend sweep for Ford Racing that included wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Greg Biffle), a race Wood Brothers Racing and Bayne competed in Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
“This was my first time on the line watching Funny Cars,” Bayne said. “That was the craziest thing I’ve ever felt. I felt like I was in the middle of an earthquake. I don’t know what that was on the Richter scale, but I definitely felt it shaking me a little bit. The sound, the vibration, all of it was pretty cool. If you’ve never been to a drag race, you should definitely come check it out.
“Bob did a great job holding it together there. I thought he was going to pull it off. He was really close. Unfortunately we’re going home, but he did a great job and I was glad to be a part of it today.”
Tasca heads to Houston in two weeks, where he’ll visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center with ESPN2. Bayne will be back in the driver’s seat of the No. 21 at Talladega Superspeedway in May.