SEATTLE, Aug. 1, 2013—The NHRA Mello Yello Series has rounded third and is headed for home in the regular season, with all teams focused on making the top 10 in points before the cut-off for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs in Indianapolis later this month.
Bob Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team are no different. Hovering around the bump with several other high-profile teams, Tasca and his crew are ready to scrap for points in standings that are so close, big moves are still possible. Entering Seattle, the 16th of 18 races in the regular season, Tasca is just three points out of 10th, behind fellow Ford driver Robert Hight, one round out of ninth, and two out of eighth – not including the scenarios that qualifying points throw in.
Teams have switched places in the standings almost too many times to count – and Seattle, Brainerd and Indianapolis are still on the table before the cut.
“We are completely focused on being consistent in qualifying and going rounds on race day,” said Tasca, whose fight to make the playoffs went down the final event in 2012. “We have a strong car in this Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford and we’re ready for Seattle.”
Tasca and his team, including longtime crew chiefs Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner, fit in a little time to relax between the second and third stops of the famed Western Swing.
“We spend so much time together and these guys have worked so hard,” Tasca said. “It’s important to sit back and relax a little bit. It helps us get our heads right and be able to go right back at it at the track. We’ll be ready this weekend.”
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Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca Sr. in Rhode Island in 1962, after he realized the incredible potential of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” during drag racing’s infancy. At 16 years old, Bob Sr. started his first job at a Ford dealership. He opened his own Ford dealership at 27. Seventy years later Tasca Ford still exists, run by the second and third generations of the Tasca family. Bob Tasca III, grandson of Bob Sr., has led the racing branch of the family since 2008 as driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car. When he’s not involved with his race team, Bob III works at the family dealership. The Tasca family is proud to say more than 50 years after Tasca Racing was founded, the phrase “Win on Sunday Sell on Monday” is alive and well within the Tasca and Ford team.