HOUSTON, April 25, 2013—When Bob Tasca earned his 100th-career Funny Car round win at the Dollar General NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway, his thoughts immediately turned to how fast he could earn the next 100.
The Hope, R.I. resident who is also a Ford dealer will get started down that road this weekend at the O’Reilly Auto Parts SpringNationals in Baytown, Texas, near Houston. ESPN2 will broadcast qualifying live from 3-5 p.m. ET on Saturday (April 27, 2013) and the race live from 2 p.m. on Sunday.
After qualifying p7 with a 4.162-second lap at 307.16 mph in his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang, Tasca clocked the best pass of his first-round quad (4.152, 307.44) to reach the career milestone in Charlotte.
Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team stayed at the track to test the day after the race, giving them time to collect valuable information from the new set-up they switched to after Gainesville.
“We knew there would be some growing pains when you make these kinds of changes,” Tasca said. “We rolled out of Las Vegas with no data at all and went to Charlotte and made progress. At the end of the day progress is great, but we want results.
“When I came out of Gainesville, I pretty much knew it would take us a few races to catch our stride. I really feel rolling in with two races and two test sessions, this weekend is our best chance to show what this new combination can do.
“Coming into Texas this week, I remembered the last time I was in this state I left with the Wally.”
Tasca earned his fourth-career Funny Car win at Texas Motorplex in September.
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 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 and Ford team.