LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2008) – One thousandth of a second. That was the difference in elapsed times between Bob Tasca III and Tony Pedregon in the first round of eliminations on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang entered the match-up with a 2-1 round record against the defending series champion, but Pedregon’s 4.133-second run was just enough to grab the win light against Tasca’s 4.134-second pass.
“That’s the way this sport is,” said Tasca. “If you look at four or five of the other cars out of the 16, we would have beaten them, hands down. This has happened to us numerous times this year, whether we run the guy who ran low ET of the session, or we lose by a thousandth of a second. You know, that’s why this sport is exciting and why there are so many people out here today in the stands. They come here to see close, exciting racing, and that’s what they got today.
“Any loss is tough,” said Tasca. “But when you lose by one-thousandth of a second, it’s even tougher. But at the end of the day, there is one more race left in the season. I was the first Funny Car down the racetrack in Pomona at the beginning of the season, and I said I wanted to be the last car down the racetrack in Pomona at the end of the season, and we hope to do that.”
Tasca and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will compete in their final race of Tasca’s rookie season at the 44th annual NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. Nov. 13-16.
NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:
– Elimination Round No. 1:
o Tasca: 4.134 ET / 303.63 mph
o T. Pedregon: 4.133 ET / 295.59 mph
– Tasca is one of five drivers in NHRA pro classes that are up for Rookie-of-the-Year honors for the 2008 season.
– Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.
ABOUT THE DRIVER:
Bob Tasca III is a 33-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.