TASCA OUT IN FIRST ROUND AT ROUTE 66; WILL STAY 10TH IN POINTS

JOLIET, Ill. (June 8, 2008) – Despite an exit in the first round at Route 66 Raceway, Bob Tasca III maintained his spot at 10th in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series points. Tasca shook the tires against Cruz Pedregon in the duo’s first meeting in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.

“We were a little bit too aggressive,” said the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang. “I felt it shake, and I pedaled it. I think I did a pretty good job trying to get it to recover. It recovered and it started to charge, and then it knocked the tires off again. When that happens, you’re looking out at the driver in the left lane and you’re hoping he smokes the tires. Unfortunately for us, Cruz went A to B, didn’t spin the tires, and we lost.

“I had a good reaction time [0.030], and I felt very comfortable in the car,” said Tasca. “I’m very pleased with how we performed through qualifying. We missed a couple of the night sessions because we had some set-up issues. But for us, it’s not about staying the same; it’s about getting better. And sometimes you have to take one step back to make a full step forward. We’re not just going to send this car down the track and not try to improve it. And in order to do that, you need to try things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.”

Tasca was able to maintain his spot in the championship after Ashley Force defeated Gary Scelzi, who sits 11th in points, in the second round.

“This championship deal will go to Indy,” said Tasca. “I truly believe that the top 10 won’t be decided on before that. That’s what keeps us going at all of these races, because we know that we have a racecar that can race solidly into the top 10. But even being sixth or seventh right now, you’re not safe. You’ve got to go rounds and you’ve got to qualify well to give yourself that chance. We’re looking forward to a weekend off, we’ve been running hard here for a month, literally it’s been every weekend between building cars and racing, so we’ll recharge our batteries and come home ready to race in Englishtown.”

The series has next week off before heading to Englishtown, N.J. for the 39th annual Lucas Oil Supernationals. The hometown race for the Rhode Island resident will be the 11th race of the 24-race Funny Car schedule.

NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:

– SUNDAY RESULTS:

Elimination Round No. 1:

o Bob Tasca III: 5.276 ET / 251.11 mph

o Cruz Pedregon: 4.992 ET / 297.09 mph

– Tasca was the No. 12 qualifier for the weekend.

– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.

ABOUT THE DRIVER:

Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island.

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