Last weekend was one I’ll never forget! Not often do you get to ride in a Mustang pace car at Bristol Motor Speedway with Brett Bodine at the wheel. He drove for Motorcraft in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1989 – what a small world.
|Bob Tasca III and Trevor Bayne in Bristol|
The pace car ride was just the beginning of a full weekend for me and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team. The best part was watching how excited the fans got when they heard our nitro-powered BOSS 500 start up! We hit the throttle a few times to make sure they would know what we’re all about in drag racing. Eight-thousand horsepower – more than 10 stock cars combined!
I also got to spend some time with a few Ford executives who are directly involved with our motorsports programs at Ford Racing. First there was Jamie Allison, Director of Ford North America Motorsports, Tim Duerr, Motorsports Marketing Manager, Ford Racing, and Pat DiMarco, NASCAR Program Manager, Ford Racing. It is always great seeing these guys and they do such a great job making our motorsports programs so successful.
Then there were the Wood Brothers, Len and Eddie, and my Motorcraft/Quick Lane teammate Trevor Bayne. I was so impressed with what I saw from this young kid in Daytona and I was excited to meet him. It was Trevor’s hometown race and I had a bird’s eye view as I watched the race from the Wood Brother’s war wagon. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll get Trevor into a Funny Car!
|Bob Tasca III handing over the keys to Eddie Trone, winner of the Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes|
While out in Bristol, I had the honnor of handing over the keys to a brand new Mustang to Eddie Trone of Folkston, GA. Eddie was the winner of our Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes. Good luck Eddie! I know you’ll love driving that Mustang.
Finally, I’d like to thank NHRA and Bristol Motor Speedway for inviting me to show the fans in Bristol what we’re all about. It is an experience I will never forget!
For now, it will be good to be home for a while, but it won’t be long until we head to The Strip in Las Vegas. We have an autograph session at New York, New York in Vegas the Thursday of our race, March 31, 2011. Stop by to say hi!
To view all my photos from Bristol, click on the link below!
See you at the track!