Tasca, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Pick up Bonus Point in Qualifying with Solid Q4 Pass, Set Up Round 1 Match-up with Tony Pedregon in Seattle

SEATTLE, Aug. 3, 2013— Bob Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car team ran the third-quickest pass in the final session of qualifying at Pacific Raceways to pick up an all-important bonus point in the NHRA Mello Yello Series championship standings Saturday.

Tasca’s 4.077-second lap at 306.33 mph was good for p6. He’ll face his best friend Tony Pedregon in Round 1 Sunday.

Entering Seattle, the 16th of 18 races in the regular season, Tasca was just three points out of 10th place – the cutoff for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, one round out of ninth, and two out of eighth – not including the scenarios that qualifying points throw in.

He was p16 after Saturday’s early session, the race’s first since Friday’s two laps were rained out.

“That (4.077 in Q4) was a big-time run,” Tasca said. “It goes to show you the confidence this Motorcraft/Quick Lane team is built on. We went up there knowing we weren’t qualified, but knowing what our race car could do. We knew we were really close to making it on that first round and the guys went up there and moved into the top half and even went for the pole. Hats off to all the guys on the team for digging deep on that run. I had my hands full. I got past half-track and it was moving around, spinning the tires and the smile on my face was getting bigger and bigger as the finish line was getting closer and closer.

“That’s what it’s all about. This is a humbling sport. You see (Ron Capps) win last weekend and DNQ this weekend. This Funny Car class is wide open and it’s going to play all the way to Pomona. Clearly we want to get back into this top 10 tomorrow. We control our own destiny. We’re on the same side of the ladder of a bunch of the guys we’re fighting against (Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson and Del Worsham), so all we have to do is go rounds.”

The NHRA O’Reilly Northwest Nationals are on ESPN2 from 7-10 pm ET Sunday (Aug. 4, 2013).

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 on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.

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