DEARBORN, Mich., April 23, 2014 – Tasca Racing and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team roll into Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals looking for the consistency that has been eluding it since late March.
After four races, which included a semi-final appearance in Pomona at the Winternationals and a day’s-best qualifying run at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Bob Tasca III had driven himself into the top 10 of the NHRA Funny Car points standings. Then he failed to qualify in Las Vegas, qualified fourth at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte but was eliminated in round one. Now he finds himself in 11th place.
“This sport sometimes is more about luck than skill,” Tasca said. “You have to take advantage of the opportunities you get and we haven’t been doing that lately. We need to start doing it, sooner rather than later.”
Tasca should feel comfortable in Texas, the state that hosted his most recent Funny Car conquest, a 4.826-to-5.025-second victory over Matt Hagan in Dallas in 2012.
“My last win came in Texas so hopefully we can go back and do what we’ve done before. It’s going to be a hot race track and you’ve got to be able to go down a hot track.”
In Charlotte, Tasca qualified fourth with a 4.080-second, 311.70-mph run in the second Friday session. That time held up throughout the Saturday sessions as the track temperatures continued to increase under the warm North Carolina sun.
In the first Funny Car elimination run on Sunday, however, Tasca smoked the tires en route to a 4.310/256.36 run that was bested by fellow Ford driver Tim Wilkerson and Blake Alexander. Cruz Pedregon didn’t answer the call to the track due to mechanical problems in the pits.
“We had a couple of strategies for approaching the hot track and the one we picked wasn’t the right one,” Tasca explained.
The action in Houston gets underway at 4:30 p.m. local time at Royal Purple Raceway. Qualifying can be seen April 26 on ESPN2 from 6-8 p.m. ET. Eliminations will air April 27 on ESPN2 from 7-10 p.m. ET.
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.
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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 team.