Brainerd: Bob Tasca III Friday notes

TASCA DOWN TO TWO RUNS IN BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2008) -- Bob Tasca III posted the 15th-quickest qualifying time at Brainerd International Raceway on Friday, but under NHRA qualifying rules, only the top 12 driver times from...

TASCA DOWN TO TWO RUNS IN BRAINERD

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2008) -- Bob Tasca III posted the 15th-quickest qualifying time at Brainerd International Raceway on Friday, but under NHRA qualifying rules, only the top 12 driver times from Friday, carry over into tomorrow.

"We go out there and I know that Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] has a number in his head that he wants to run, and when the car doesn't run that, you've got to come back and re-evaluate what caused it," said Tasca. "You have to see if it was too much clutch, ignition, motor; there are a multitude of things that go into a tune-up, and you could see today because a lot of cars struggled at some point getting down the track."

Tasca's first run to 1,000 in Brainerd put the rookie driver in eighth position, but with issues the second time down the track, Tasca fell to 15th.

"We went nine or 10 races in a row making really good runs Friday night, and then we would struggle in the heat," said Tasca. "Now, it's kind of been a role reversal and we seem to run better in the heat, and not as well at night.

"I have faith that we'll sort this thing out," said the Rhode Island resident. "We really did accomplish what we wanted to in the first run, because we were in the back half of cars to go down the track that second run, and we were able to see what everyone else ran. The car drifted slightly out of the groove and I made a slight correction to try and get it back. But, we focus on tomorrow. We've got two runs with very good conditions and we'll take that data and use it on Sunday."

Tasca is one of 19 drivers entered into this weekend's event, and will have two more qualifying attempts on Saturday to make the 16-car field for Sunday.

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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