Las Vegas: Bob Tasca III Saturday notes

TASCA EARNS NO. 3 SPOT FOR NHRA NATIONALS IN VEGAS LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2008) -- Bob Tasca III earned his best qualifying position of the season with his No. 3 effort for Sunday's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. "The No. 3...

TASCA EARNS NO. 3 SPOT FOR NHRA NATIONALS IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (April 12, 2008) -- Bob Tasca III earned his best qualifying position of the season with his No. 3 effort for Sunday's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.

"The No. 3 spot is the best for us this season, and we couldn't be happier," said Tasca. "We had the No. 1 spot yesterday for a while and got bumped down just a couple spots. But to be No. 3 going into the show on Sunday is just really exciting for our entire team."

The driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Shelby Mustang will face fellow first-year Funny Car driver, Melanie Troxel, in the first round of eliminations on Sunday, marking the second time this season the two have met in the first round. Tasca came away with his first nitro round win of the season against Troxel in the season opening Winternationals in Pomona.

"We've got Melanie in the first round, and I was able to have some good luck against her in Pomona," said Tasca. "We were real happy with that last run there, I think it was one of the top four best of that session. We're going to see similar conditions tomorrow morning, so when the heat comes out, we've already established a solid run in those conditions.

"My crew chief Chris Cunningham has just done a fantastic job this weekend, and the guys on the team have really been working hard to get our car where it needs to be. It's a big race for us with it being Carroll Shelby's hometown and with the new Ford Drive One logos on the car. But for Quick Lane, Motorcraft and Custom Accessories, we got a lot of confidence going into Sunday."

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Bob Tasca III