DEARBORN, Mich., September 17, 2014 – Bob Tasca III’s last NHRA Funny Car win came in 2012 at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas. This weekend, Sept. 19-21, he has a chance to drive the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car to victory lane there not once but twice.
First, there’s the unfinished business from the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Tasca won his first-round Carolina match-up with Cruz Pedregon in convincing fashion, 4.083 second/311.27 mph to 5.723/121.89, before V Gaines crashed his Pro Stock car causing a delay. Then it rained. Then the drivers decided that track was too broken up to race on safely.
“We were smoking the tires because we just a little bit too aggressive in the middle of the track while it was hot on Friday and Saturday,” Tasca said comparing his qualifying runs to his first round pass. “And then the track came to us. The conditions got good and we left it alone.”
Tasca will face Ron Capps in round two of the Charlotte race during the third qualifying session in Dallas on Saturday. Rounds three and four also will be run on Saturday with an extra run for the two cars that make the Charlotte final.
On Sunday, he will run in the regularly scheduled AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, in which he triumphed in 2012 by beating topping Alexis DeJoria, Courtney Force and Pedregon in the first three rounds before pedaling past Matt Hagan, 4.826-5.025 in the final.
“I’ve already won in Dallas and it would be awesome to pick up two more in Dallas,” Tasca said. “Dallas has become extra exciting now because we’re still in the competition from Charlotte and I’ve got a car we’re really happy with from that last run. It showed promise. I really feel that we’ve got a legitimate shot at picking up some trophies in Texas.”
The action gets underway on Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. local time at Texas Motorplex. Qualifying can be seen live Sept. 19 on ESPN3 at 6:15 p.m. EDT, and early Sunday morning, Sept. 21 from 3:30-5 a.m. on ESPN2 and again from 4-5:30 p.m.. Eliminations can be seen live Sept. 21 at noon on ESPN3 and from 8:30-11:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.
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.