EPPING, N.H., June 22, 2013—Bob Tasca qualified for the US Auto-Plus New England Nationals p7 with a 4.096-second lap at 312.13 mph before a packed hometown crowd at New England Dragway.
With his first qualifying lap Friday, Tasca, who made his first passes down the New Hampshire track at age 16 in his 1992 Ford Mustang, could say he’s taken every race car he’s ever owned down New England Dragway.
He and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team race Jack Beckman in Round 1 Sunday. Beckman qualified p10 with a 4.119 at 308.85.
“It’s been a great race so far,” said Tasca, who threw out the first pitch at Boston’s Fenway Park at the Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays baseball game Wednesday with Robert Hight, courtesy of Auto Club of Southern New England. “The outpouring of the fans has been unbelievable. It’s probably one of the most electric races I’ve been to in a long time. To see the turnout for the first race here in New England, it’s just cool to be a part of the whole thing.”
Tasca has been busy spreading the word about the New England Nationals around New England, starting with his home state of Rhode Island. After a media tour in Providence, R.I. he brought his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car to the NHRA press conference at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
Since then his pit has been crowded with fans from New England, many of whom have followed the Tasca Racing story since Bob Tasca Sr.’s “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” days.
“We’ve run according to plan,” said Tasca, who like most of the Funny Car field qualified on his Friday night lap. “We made a great run (Friday) night. We wanted lane choice for Sunday morning. We had a clutch issue on the first run (Saturday) and then we were pushing hard in that second run, trying to find out what the track would hold so we’d have some data for race day.
“It’s a monster match-up with Jack Beckman. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jack. There’s no easy rounds in NHRA Drag Racing. We take one at a time. They’re going to have to try to pry that trophy out of my hand come Sunday.”
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Now headquartered near Charlotte in Concord, N.C., Tasca Racing was founded by legendary Ford dealer Bob Tasca Sr. 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 and Ford team.