TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM WIN READING
· Tasca won Sunday’s 25th Annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, Funny Car class.
· This is Tasca’s second career Funny Car win.
· Tasca moves to fourth in series points, 284 points behind leader Tony Pedregon.
· Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team secured their place in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Countdown to 1.
READING, PA – August 23, 2009 – After three rainy days, one solid qualifying pass, and four rounds of racing, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team celebrate with their second win of the season.
“My Motorcraft/Quick Lane team worked all night to get this Mustang right for Sunday morning,” said Tasca. “We beat Ron Capps and Robert Hight in the first two rounds. Then we had a massive engine failure against John Force. We took our Mustang back to the pits and Chris Cunningham, Marc Denner and the guys did an amazing job rebuilding it so we could win in the final round.”
Similar to his win in Gainesville, Tasca went round for round with some of the series best en route to his second career win. Tasca defeated Ron Capps in the first round followed by a fierce trio of John Force Racing drivers. Tasca defeated Robert Hight in the second round, John Force in the third and Mike Neff in the finals.
“The more experience we get as a team, the more focused and determined we are to win,” said Tasca. “The more you have these moments to succeed, you’ve got to go after them because you don’t get chances like this every day. I’m just so proud of my team, the guys, Motorcraft. Quick Lane, Ford.”
Despite the challenges they faced this weekend, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team had their checklist and completed all three tasks this weekend – clinch a spot in the Countdown to 1, move up the points ladder and win.
“As I said from the beginning, we didn’t want to just get into the top 10 because we wanted to solidly be there,” said Tasca. “This win is a tribute to my guys and what they fought through this weekend. We’re leaving Reading with the trophy. We’re leaving Reading sitting fourth in the points and most importantly we’re leaving Reading knowing we’re going to be in this championship run.”
After Saturday’s explosion, Tasca and team tipped their hat to Ford Racing and their safety innovations over the last several years.
“Saturday night’s explosion was the worst I’ve ever been in,” said Tasca. “I’m very fortunate that the safety technology that Ford developed and installed on the race cars worked. The fuel pumps shut off, the parachutes went out and I didn’t get hurt.”
Tasca secured his spot in the Countdown for 1 after defeating Ron Capps in the first round.
Full Throttle Points Standings – Funny Car
1. Tony Pedregon, 1,292; 2. Ron Capps, 1,219; 3. Ashley Force Hood, 1,128; 4. Bob Tasca III, 1008; 5. Jack Beckman, 996; 6. Tim Wilkerson, 982; 7. Del Worsham, 929; 8. John Force, 919; 9. Mike Neff, 872; 10. Cruz Pedregon, 801.
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