Tasca Moves Up Four Spots to Ninth with Final Qualifying Lap; Takes on Rookie Alexis DeJoria in Round 1 in Dallas

DALLAS, Sept. 22, 2012–Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team vaulted up to ninth with a 4.187-second run at 300.06 mph they ran in the last qualifying session of the weekend at Texas Motorplex.

They’ll face rookie Alexis DeJoria, who qualified p8 with a 4.174 at 299.40, in Round 1. Tasca ran a 4.208 at 297.16 in the early round Saturday after going into the last round at p13. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team was as high as p5 after the first lap.

“We ran back-to-back great runs today,” Tasca said. “We came into this race changing a lot of things, from a tune-up standpoint. There’s a lot of ways to make horsepower, whether you use compression, blower overdrive, or fuel volume, and we came into this race with a wholesale different strategy on how we factored our tune-up.

“We were pretty confident last night after we discovered what some of our issues were that we’d have a great day today, and we needed one. When you go out on some of the most challenging conditions that we’ve seen all year from a track temperature standpoint, and you make two solid runs back-to-back…it just gives you so much confidence.

“In this sport, you have to have short-term memory. A good run can completely change everything. If we can go out tomorrow and make four runs like we did today, I think we can certainly hurt some feelings out there.”

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will be broadcasted from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET Sunday (Sept. 23, 2012) on ESPN2.

For live updates, follow the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby 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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