RUNNER-UP NEVER SO SWEET: GET-WELL WEEKEND PUTS MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE TEAM BACK ON TRACK
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car team came within 0.017 seconds of winning the VisitMyrtleBeach.com NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, on the Ford Mustang’s 47th birthday.
It was a fantastic finish for a team that has struggled both with mechanical gremlins and on cool weather weekends, and this race offered a bit of both.
Tasca’s 4.137-second finish at 311.05 mph finished second only to Jack Beckman’s 4.120 at 309.63 in the final-round quad at zMAX Dragway. Each round at the four-lane track features four cars. The top two cars advance. It was the first time they’d been beaten all day. Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team clocked the best time of their quartets in every round until the final.
“I made no secret that this was a must-win race for us,” Tasca said. “We needed to go some rounds to get back in the top 10 (in the NHRA Full Throttle Series point standings). If you’re not in the top 10 and you’ve been struggling like we have, you’re looking for a turning point. You’re looking to build some momentum, and truthfully, we struggled through qualifying. This Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang’s got all the right parts, but at the end of the day you’ve got to turn the knobs, and there’s a lot that goes into getting one of these race cars up and down that race track.
“Hats off to Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner and the guys. We had a big explosion Saturday night, threw the rods out, and there were a lot of hurt feelings in this camp Saturday night. That which doesn’t break you, makes you stronger. Chris and Marc got together and they found something wrong with the car. They felt pretty confident that it was going to fix it. From the outside looking in, I thought they were crazy. But at the end of the day they weren’t crazy, they were borderline geniuses to run one of these race cars and clearly changed our car completely.”
Tasca is eighth in the point standings with 212 points.