Mechanical Woes Keep Tasca from Las Vegas Eliminations

DEARBORN, Mich., March 30, 2014 — Engine and clutch problems kept Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III on the outside looking in at the 14th Annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“Everything that could go wrong went wrong,” Tasca said after his final run of the weekend. “This is the worst weekend we’ve had in five years. It cost me a small fortune in parts. It was just a bad weekend.”

Tasca was sixth quickest in the first round of qualifying with a run of 4.207-seconds at 291.82 mph that resulted in an engine explosion at the finish line.

“When the engine blew we lost our good blower,” Tasca said. “That didn’t help.”

He improved in the second round of qualifying with a run of 4.148/307.30 but found himself just outside the top 12 in 13th position as the sun set on Friday.

Mechanical problems continued to plague Tasca in the third qualifying round when a clutch problem led to an 8.110/79.07 run.

In his fourth and final qualifying attempt, Tasca’s 4.411/249.76 wasn’t enough to get him into the show.

“We burned it up pretty good on that last run,” Tasca said. “It was a seven-cylinder race car and that was it.”

The next stop for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is North Carolina for the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

“We’ll just pick the pieces up,” he said. “It’s early in the year. It’s a small setback. We’ll focus on the next race.”

For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 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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Tasca Racing

Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by Legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca, St., 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.
















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