MADISON, Ill. (May 3, 2008) – With ideal conditions on Saturday, Bob Tasca III put down a career-best run for the second day in a row, grabbing the No. 9 qualifying position for Sunday’s NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

“The car has just built so much confidence for our team,” said Tasca. “It just makes you feel like you’re up for the fight, and that’s the kind of attitude that you need going into Sunday. You’ve gotta be on your game; the crew guys, the driver and the crew chief.”

Tasca will face Del Worsham for the first time of his career in the first round on Sunday with a crew behind him very familiar with the rookie driver’s competition.

“Going against Del Worsham tomorrow is going to be kind of neat for everyone on my team,” said the rookie driver. “Chris Cunningham [crew chief] and a lot of my guys worked over there on Del’s second team last year, so after I was able to run my best friend in Atlanta, their running one of their best friend’s first round. That’s a big part of what this sport is all about. There’s a lot of camaraderie, but no matter what, you want to go out there and win.”

Happy with the four qualifying runs down the quarter-mile track, the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Ford Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang looks forward to going some rounds in his first race at the St. Louis track.

“When you come off two days the way we have, with a career best run for me this morning with a 4.79, I’m just ready to race. I wish that we could race right now. I’ve looked at my reaction times, I’ve looked at how I’m handling the car and now I’m more aware of what’s going on with the car and the track than I was even a few races ago. But that’s part of my learning curve. I’m more and more comfortable. But I’m ready, let’s go race.”

Tasca’s start in Sunday’s 12th annual O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Castrol will be the sixth start of Tasca’s nitro Funny Car career.


– Saturday Qualifying runs:

Run No. 3: 4.798/319.67

Run No. 4: 4.815/314.83

– Sunday’s start will be the sixth for Tasca of the season, and his first race at Gateway International Raceway.

– Tasca is running a full season and for 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year honors.


Bob Tasca III is a 32-year-old rookie in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing nitro Funny Car class. Tasca competed the past three seasons in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Tasca is also a third-generation Ford dealer from Rhode Island. Tasca began putting together his nitro Funny Car team in November 2007, for debut at the 2008 Winternationals at Pomona in February.

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