GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 16, 2014 — After qualifying second for the NHRA Gatornationals, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III was eliminated in the second round by fellow Ford pilot Robert Hight.
Smoked tires early caused Tasca in the right lane to post a 6.262-second, 111.01-mph run against Hight’s 4.140/306.05 effort in the left.
“It’s not what we came here to do,” Tasca said. “We came here to win. That’s clearly what this team is focused on doing this year, winning some races and putting this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car solidly in the top 10 for the Countdown to the Championship.
“The bottom line is we came in here, qualified really well, had a big first-round win and a tough loss to Robert,” Tasca continued. “That track was a tough track and lane choice was a big deal and we didn’t have it in the second round. He got down the track and we didn’t.”
Tasca topped Blake Alexander in the first round 4.140/308.14 to 4.251/296.29, upping his record against Alexander to 3-1 overall.
The Rhode Island native posted a 4.103/304.39 in his second qualifying run on Friday putting him at the top of the chart. That number held until late in the last qualifying session when Cruz Pedregon ran a 4.068/308.2 to unseat Tasca.
“I don’t know what it is about Gainesville,” Tasca said after his second run. “I love racing here. It’s been awfully good to me over the years.”
Tasca leaves Florida fifth in the points race with 184.
The next stop for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is Las Vegas for the 14th Annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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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.