TOPEKA, May 15, 2012–It’s safe to assume this weekend’s NHRA Dollar General Summernationals will bring a mixed bag of weather and track conditions. Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team hope that somewhere in that bag is their consistency.
Eight races into the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series season the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team is still on a results roller coaster, albeit one with its share of “ups” – especially in qualifying, where they’ve picked up 16 bonus points for being the first-, second- or third-best car per lap. But although one good lap puts a team in good position for race day on Sunday, it’s often consistency that wins the game. That’s something they’re still looking for.
“We’ve made a lot of adjustments to the car on hot-weather tracks and it’s responded very well,” Tasca said. “We don’t have the consistency we’re looking for yet, but it’s responded the way we want it to.”
Teams know to prepare for hot temperatures and windy conditions at the historically hot race at Heartland Park Topeka. According to this weekend’s forecast, highs will be in the mid-80s.
“Clearly, conditions can be very challenging,” Tasca said. “We’ve had to dodge a few tornadoes there. But it’s also a race where you start to look at points. People say it’s too soon to count points, when they reset for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, but I don’t agree. Not when you’re in the middle of the pack. Moving up in the points is crucial and this is what I call an ‘opportunity’ race where we need to gain some ground.”
Tasca is seventh in points with 10 races left to go in the regular season.
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