Tasca, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team Second-Quickest in Topeka Qualifying; Face Bob Bode in Round 1

TOPEKA, May 19, 2012–Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team came to the Dollar General NHRA Summernationals looking for consistency and they found it, making four clean qualifying laps en route to their second No. 2 spot of the season.

The first time, in Las Vegas, they runnered-up at the event.

Tasca rocketed down the track to a 4.062-second pass at 304.60 mph under the lights Friday during the second round of qualifying – a time that would stand as his best entering Sunday’s eliminations.

Tasca faces Bob Bode in Round 1. Bode qualified 15th with a 4.299 at 289.94.

“For the first time all year, we made four full pulls Friday and Saturday, so that’s just what the doctor ordered,” said Tasca, now the only Funny Car driver to pick up crucial bonus points for qualifying at every race so far this year. “And those bonus points, that’s big news. That’s something that adds up at the end of the season. Every bonus point based on how you qualify each session adds up.

“I said to a lot of people this weekend, this car is a dangerous car to race come Sunday morning. We’ve positioned ourselves well. We run Bob Bode in Round 1. Every round is a dangerous round. We’ll see if we can get our first win (of the year and in Tasca’s career at this track) right here in Topeka.”

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