DEARBORN, Mich., May 20, 2014 – The Motorcraft/Quick Lane NHRA Funny Car Racing Team rolls into Topeka, Kan., this week for the 26th Annual NHRA Kansas Nationals (May 23-25) striving to get back into the groove with which it started the season.
Sitting as high as fifth in the point standings after the first two races, driver Bob Tasca III and his Ford Shelby Mustang have dropped to 11th during March and April, necessitating a crew chief change before the most recent race in Atlanta. Another first-round elimination in Georgia was not in the team blueprint for last weekend.
“It’s probably one of those weekends where you learn nothing that you can take with you to any other race this season,” said Tasca who lamented the track conditions in Atlanta. He’s looking forward to a return to Heartland Park in Topeka.
“Topeka’s a great complex, a great facility,” said Tasca. “We’ve got some good team energy. We’ve made some changes. The guys really responded well this past weekend. We’re just eager to gain some traction both literally and figuratively.
“I’m happy that there are three races in a row so maybe we can catch a rhythm,” he added. “We’re coming into some tracks where I’ve done really well.”
The action in Topeka gets underway on Friday, May 23, at 5 p.m. local time at Heartland Park. Qualifying can be seen May 24 on ESPN2 from 6-8 p.m. ET. Eliminations will air May 25 on ESPN2 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET.
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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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.