DEARBORN, Mich., April 8, 2014 – Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team will be looking to bounce back from a hard-luck weekend in Las Vegas as they head to the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, April 11-13, at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
“Everything that could go wrong went wrong,” Tasca said of his experience in Las Vegas. “It was the worst weekend we’ve had in five years and it cost me a small fortune in parts. It was just a bad weekend.”
Engine problems in qualifying kept the team from getting down the track quickly enough to make the Sunday eliminations at The Strip. The engine problems later were diagnosed as a fuel delivery issue that was rectified in time for the March 31 test session at The Strip during which Tasca ran a 4.05.
“The guys were hanging their heads a little bit when we didn’t make the race in Vegas,” Tasca said. “So I gave them a pep talk before I left. We’ll just pick the pieces up. It’s early in the year and a small setback. We’ll be ready for Charlotte.”
Despite losing the battle with Lady Luck in the desert, Tasca still finds himself holding down the 10th spot in the points standings with 194. Fellow Ford driver Robert Hight leads the way with 376.
“We’re still in the top 10 and we’re going to stay there,” Tasca asserted. “That’s the bottom line.”
The Rhode Island native said he looks forward to the four-wide action that is the calling card of the Charlotte meet.
“It’s a different format,” he said. “It’s crazy. You’ve got 40,000 horsepower leaving the line at the same time.”
The action gets underway at 2 p.m. at xMAX Dragway in Charlotte. Qualifying can be seen April 12 on ESPN2 from 9-10 p.m. ET. Eliminations will air April 13 on ESPN2 from 8-11 p.m.
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, St., 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.