Millington, TN – October 5, 2009 – Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team hoped Monday eliminations would bring them luck after rain washed out all of Sunday’s activities at Memphis Motorsports Park.
After four solid qualifying efforts, Tasca raced his way into the sixth qualifying position. He piloted his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang to a 4.115-second pass at 302.62 miles per hour.
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing took to the track on Monday morning. The opening pair of Daniel Wilkerson and Ron Capps would greet the day with unexpected results.
“I’m glad Daniel is okay after hitting the wall at more than 200 miles an hour and was uninjured,” said Tasca on young Wilkerson’s first round accident. “Since he walked away from his race car, that speaks volumes to the engineering and additional safety systems that have been added to these cars over the last couple of years.”
Tasca would face technical alliance teammate Tim Wilkerson in the first round. In their eight previous meetings, Tasca has three wins against Wilkerson. Tasca took the early advantage but Wilkerson was the first Mustang to cross the finish line. Tasca posted a solid 4.158-second run at 301.33 miles per hour.
“We had a big time match-up against Tim Wilkerson on conditions that were really unknown because of the rain delay,” said Tasca. “Our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang went out and ran a 4.15, which wasn’t exactly what we were shooting for, but I’ve got to give it to Tim because he made a great run.”
Tasca’s time was one of the top five times of the first round, but was just short in comparison to Wilkerson’s winning pass.
“To lose like we did is frustrating because we know we could have won against at least 12 other cars,” said Tasca. “It’s tough to lose and it’s even tougher to know that you would have defeated the majority of the cars in the first round. Unfortunately we raced our teammate and he had a better run.”
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series has a few days to rest, then back to business this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Tasca’s first round loss places him sixth in the standings with three races remaining in the season.
“We’re only 102 points out of first place, which is basically a race,” said Tasca. “Our championship hopes are still alive and we look to do well in Richmond.”
Countdown to 1 Points Standings – Funny Car
1. Ashley Force Hood, 2,308; 2. Robert Hight, 2,305; 3. Tony Pedregon, 2282, 4. Jack Beckman, 2,235; 5. Ron Capps, 2,220; 6. Bob Tasca III, 2,206; 7. John Force, 2,184; 8. Tim Wilkerson 2,181; 9. Mike Neff, 2,130; 10. Del Worsham, 2,116.
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