DENVER, July 21, 2013—Bob Tasca earned a hard-fought runner-up finish at the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, battling through three Ford-Ford match-ups to reach the finals.
Tasca muscled the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car to a 4.408-second finish at 257.04 mph after the car lost traction and lurched left off the starting line. Opponent Cruz Pedregon drove away with the win on a 4.233 at 295.46.
With only a few rounds between drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Series point standings and four races left to go before the top 10 advance to the playoffs, there’s plenty of time for teams to make big moves in the Countdown to the Championship standings before the cut.
“It just proves it, on a weekend like this, we’re playing hardball out there,” said Tasca, who leaves with the 10th-place position he nabbed in Norwalk, Ohio. “The points are so close and you have great cars close to the cut. We were going rounds, but everybody ahead of us was going rounds too. It was one of those weekends where you couldn’t blink.”
Tasca qualified p11 (4.171, 304.74) – a number that lined him up against three Ford teams. He defeated John Force, Tim Wilkerson and Robert Hight to make it to the finals.
“We went rounds after struggling in qualifying, like we did in Norwalk,” Tasca said. “That’s a trend we’ll hopefully break in Sonoma. It proves the confidence this team has that once Sunday comes along, we know what we have to do to fix it. We performed well today. I’m very proud of my guys.
“We’re poised to make a real run, to move way up the ladder these next couple of races. That’s what our goal is.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Series heads to California wine country this week for the second stop in the three-race Western Swing that begins in Denver and ends in Seattle.
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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 and Ford team.