Extra Day at The Strip for Tasca, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team; Ford Teams stay for Planned Test Session, Auto Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 28, 2012–Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team turned in a respectable 4.157-second pass at 307.86 mph in the first round of the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cruz Pedregon’s best-of-the-weekend 4.064.

“We had a tough first-round matchup with Cruz Pedregon,” said Tasca, who qualified 16th with a 4.136 at 305.15. “He made a stellar run. That 4.06 would have been tough to beat by anybody. He ran low ET of the weekend in that opening session. We went up there and gave it our best shot and certainly kept him honest.”

Tasca and the rest of the Ford teams will stay at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a planned test Monday.

“We’re ready for testing tomorrow,” Tasca said. “We have an awful lot of things that we’re checking out here in Las Vegas, all day Monday. Then we’re off to (automotive trade shows) SEMA and AAPEX. We still have a lot of work left to do here in Las Vegas before that last race in Pomona, and I can’t wait to get there again.”

The 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Series concludes with the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Nov. 8-11, 2012.

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 III on Twitter at @Tasca3 and Facebook.

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