Tasca and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Reach Semi-Finals at 50th Annual NHRA Winternationals

Pomona, CA., February 14, 2010 – On the golden anniversary of the NHRA Winternationals, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team hoped to go four rounds and earn their third career win. The team’s chances for victory ended with a semi-final loss to Ron Capps.

Piloting his new 2010 Shelby Mustang body, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team had a trying weekend up until the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. Sitting on the bump spot, Tasca ran low ET of the round with a 4.075-second pass at 306.88 miles per hour.

Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang were confident heading into Sunday’s elimination rounds. Tasca had two solid first rounds of competition and defeated Melanie Troxel and Matt Hagan.

Tasca met Capps in the semi-finals and smoked the tires right off the line.

“We made a mistake; it was an oversight,” said Tasca. “Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] wanted to put a set of scuffed tires on the Shelby Mustang because the track was still hot. We didn’t want to put a new set on, so we rolled a set out that we had. They were the tires from the Pomona race in November. They were old rubber and did not react the way we expected. The car should not have done what it did.”

Despite not walking away with the win, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will leave Pomona in third position heading into Phoenix next weekend.

“We can take a step back and see that we’ve come a long way in the off season,” said Tasca. “We came out here and did well. I’ve got a big smile on my face and the team has big smile on their faces. We’ll roll into Phoenix with similar conditions, so there is no reason why we can’t win Phoenix.”

John Force won the 50th Annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals.

“Congratulations to John Force and his entire team. It is fitting that he won the 50th NHRA Winternationals,” said Tasca. “Obviously if I can’t win, I’d love to see another Ford win. John is the hero of the sport; he’s been my hero growing up in drag racing. I’m happy to see him get the season started off with a win.”

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Points
1. John Force, 121; 2. Ron Capps, 94; 3. Bob Tasca III; 78; 4. Jack Beckman, 74; 5. Del Worsham, 59; 6. Matt Hagan, 57; 7. Ashley Force Hood, 56; 8. Cruz Pedregon, 51; 9. Robert Hight, 43; 10t. Tony Pedregon and Jim Head, 33.

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