READING, Pa., Oct. 6, 2013—When two Funny Cars smoke their tires side-by-side, the winner is almost always the driver who can coax his or her car to recover first. On Sunday, that was Cruz Pedregon.
Bob Tasca’s Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car smoked its tires the same time Pedregon’s did during Round 1 at Maple Grove Raceway. Pedregon’s hooked back up first and clocked a 4.459-second finish at 224.51 mph to Tasca’s losing 4.803 at 183.37.
“We hate to see a race end this way,” Tasca said. “When the car starts smoking the tires the only thing you can do is do all you can to get it to recover. It just wasn’t our day, but we’ll use these next two weeks to get ready for Las Vegas.”
Race-day coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 6 on ESPN2. Two races remain in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series schedule, with the next in Las Vegas October 25-27.
For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang team on Twitter (MQL_Racing) and Facebook (click on the “Twitter” icon). Follow driver Bob Tasca 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.