HOUSTON, April 28, 2012–Bob Tasca III qualified third on the strength of a 4.123-second pass at 308.50 mph, the top Funny Car speed of Friday’s sessions, and faces mentor John Force in Round 1 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.
Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team smoked the tires twice on Saturday in hot and humid conditions, safe in the knowledge they’d qualified in the top of the pack in slightly better weather.
“We put this Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford in the No. 3 spot with (what was then) a top speed of 308.50 mph,” Tasca said. “Today was a little different feeling. We pushed it a little bit too hard in both sessions and shook the tires, but we were real close. That’s the luxury you get when you qualify Friday night solidly into the field. You can go out on Saturday and try to push the envelope and find that edge for race day.”
Tasca holds a 7-6 career round-win record against Force. The two currently lead the Funny Car category in consecutive races qualified for – Force with 80 and Tasca with 77. The record, earned by Force, is 395.
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