BOB TASCA III AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE FORD SHELBY MUSTANG MISS SECOND ROUND BY 12 FEET Firebird, AZ., February 21, 2010 -- After several rain delays on Sunday, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team were eager to attack...
BOB TASCA III AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE FORD SHELBY MUSTANG MISS SECOND ROUND BY 12 FEET
Firebird, AZ., February 21, 2010 -- After several rain delays on Sunday, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team were eager to attack Firebird International Raceway and carry Pomona momentum with them to the finals.
Tasca opened the weekend with a strong 4.160-second pass at 301.20 miles per hour during the first qualifying session. After the end of Friday's sessions, Tasca was comfortably qualified for Sunday's eliminations.
Rain would cancel the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon and Tasca would rely on his best effort from Friday's opening run to seed him for the elimination rounds. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang Racing team qualified in the 10th position and would face Jack Beckman in the opening round on Sunday.
For the first time in the 2010 season, rain would delay the start of Sunday's elimination rounds. After a delayed start, Tasca and Jack Beckman would be the first pair of Funny Cars on track.
Once the Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger were staged, Tasca was first off the line with a solid reaction time and led until the 660-foot maker. Beckman took the lead and reached the finish line ahead of Tasca by 0.0276 seconds, approximately 12 feet. Tasca ran a 4.196 second pass at 299.20 miles per hour to the Beckman's 4.132-second pass at 307.37 miles per hour.
Final elimination rounds of the 26th Annual NHRA Arizona Nationals are scheduled to run on Monday, February 22, 2010, at noon ET (10 a.m. MT).
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing will return to the track on Friday, March 12, in Gainesville, Florida, the site of Tasca's first No. 1 Qualifier and first career win.