FIRST ROUND EXIT IN DENVER PUTS TASCA IN 11TH

MORRISON, Colo. (July 13, 2008) – It just wasn’t Bob Tasca III’s weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado. After the rookie driver bounced back to earn a top-half qualifying position on Saturday, Tasca was defeated by Ron Capps in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.

“Obviously today was very disappointing for us,” said Tasca. “We just haven’t had the luck go our way on Sunday’s this year. It’s always hard to lose; it’s never a good feeling, but you’ve got to move forward and take the good from the bad and focus on the next few weeks of racing in a row.”

The driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang dropped one spot in championship points to 11th, only two points behind 10th-place driver, Jack Beckman.

“It’s always frustrating when you’re out of the race and can’t control your own destiny,” said the Rhode Island resident. “There were some other drivers that went more rounds then us, and Jack was able to get around us in the points. If we’re going to get back into the top 10, we need to go some rounds. I feel very confident that we have all the resources and tools to do that, unfortunately, today we just didn’t do it.

“I had a pretty good reaction time, and then we just went into tire smoke,” said the third-generation Ford dealer. “I pedaled it the best I could and recovered it, but Ron had recovered already and I wasn’t, and he drove around me in the lights.”

Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang team head to Seattle next weekend for the second of three stops in a row on the Western Swing. The July 18-20 NHRA Nationals will be the 14th race of the 24-race season.

NEWS/STATS AT A GLANCE:

FINAL ELIMINATIONS

First Round:

Tasca: 4.560 ET / 225.71 mph

Capps: 4.525 ET / 241.41 mph

Tasca’s record against Capps drops to 0-3

– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.

CURRENT FUNNY CAR POINTS:

1 Tim Wilkerson 978

2 Robert Hight 763

3 Tony Pedregon 750

4 Ashley Force 739

5 Cruz Pedregon 720

6 John Force 695

7 Gary Densham 632

7 Ron Capps 632

9 Mike Neff 600

10 Jack Beckman 530

11 Bob Tasca III 528

12 Del Worsham 517

13 Gary Scelzi 491

14 Melanie Troxel 444

15 Jerry Toliver 414

16 Jim Head 395

17 Tony Bartone 338

18 Tommy Johnson 335

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