DEARBORN, Mich., October 1, 2014 – Bob Tasca III is eager to lead the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team back to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Penn., a track he considers one of his favorites, for this weekend’s 30th Annual NHRA Nationals.
“I love Reading,” Tasca said. “It’s the first track that I ever raced in a national event back in 2006 in my alcohol car. It’s one of my top five favorite tracks to drive.”
When asked what puts Maple Grove Raceway in his top five, Tasca replied, “It’s one of the biggest crowds of the year. It’s set in Amish country literally in the middle of nowhere. There’s lot of trees and oxygen. The cars run really well there. It’s a great surface to race on and I’ve won there twice so I like being there. I’m looking forward to going.”
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang driver’s first win at Reading came in an alcohol Funny Car. He last won at Maple Grove in 2009, beating Ron Capps, Robert Hight, John Force and Mike Neff en route to victory circle.
Tasca will appreciate being in a comfortable place following a rough weekend in St. Louis. After several full pulls in a row in Charlotte and Dallas, Tasca hiccupped in the first qualifying session on Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park with a 4.815-second/170.19 mph run. He seemed to get back in the groove with passes of 4.157/307.23 and 4.164/302.01 before a nearly disastrous run in Q4 on Saturday.
“We had an ignition failure and blew it up so bad Saturday night it damned near knocked me out,” Tasca recalled. “It blew the blower off and the fire wall out. We had to put a new motor in, which you never like to do.
“Saturday night’s run really hurt us for Sunday,” he continued. “The motor Sunday morning had a lot more power than we estimated and we were going into Sunday with several unknowns.”
The result was a 4.101-8.380 loss to Countdown contender and eventual race winner Courtney Force in Round 1.
“We’ll get it back on track,” Tasca said. “We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve just got to put it all together. There are three more trophies out there to be won between now and the end of the year. Up until last weekend, our car was getting much more consistent. We should be able to start moving up the qualifying sheet pretty soon and that’s what we need to do, get in the top half, give ourselves lane choice going into race day.”
The action gets underway at Maple Grove Raceway on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. Qualifying can be seen live Oct. 3 on ESPN3 at 4:15 p.m. EDT, and early Sunday morning, Oct. 5 from 3:30-5 a.m. on ESPN2 and again from 4:30-6 p.m. Eliminations can be seen live Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. on ESPN3 and from 8-11 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.
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, 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 team.