WITH QUICKEST PASS OF SEASON, TASCA PROVISIONALLY EIGHTH

MADISON, Ill. (May 2, 2008) – After making the quickest pass of his nitro Funny Car career, Bob Tasca III grabbed the No. 8 provisional qualifying position on Friday for the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

“That last run was the quickest that I’ve ever made in this Funny Car,” said Tasca after exiting his Shelby Mustang at the Top End. “Chris Cunningham (crew chief) is a genius.”

The driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Shelby Mustang and his team continue to put together solid and consistent qualifying runs, laying down a 4.825/315.71 mph run on his second trip down the quarter-mile.

“I was joking with Cunningham, I told him that he wasn’t a tuner, he was a surgeon,” said Tasca. “That is his style and approach to this racecar. To not let the car get ahead of us, we want to be ahead of the racecar. He has been very methodical on when to turn the screws for this thing and how much to turn them. And we’ve come back and looked at the computer and we kind of laugh, because there is a lot left on the table. And that’s a good position to be in, knowing that tomorrow’s conditions are supposed to be better than tonight.”

After a day filled with rain and changing weather conditions, and a delay due to oil at the starting line, the second run of the weekend came under cool conditions, which set the stage for low ETs.

“Looking at the time sheets, you can see just how competitive this class is,” said Tasca. “The pack is tight, it’s fierce competition out here. When the times are that close, you start looking at the reaction times, because drivers have to do their job too. But that’s what makes this sport great. It was just a spectacular racing surface out there tonight with the weather being as cool as it was. It was kind of like a kid in a candy store from a crew chief standpoint, because you were able to go out and have some fun and the drivers know that they’re going to be in for one heck of a ride.”

NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:

– Friday Qualifying runs:

– Run No. 1: 4.872/310.91

Run No. 2: 4.825/315.71

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

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

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