Topeka: Bob Tasca III Saturday notes

TASCA EARNS CAREER BEST QUALIFYING POSITION FOR SUMMER NATIONALS Will face Tony Pedregon in First Round TOPEKA, Kan. (May 31, 2008) -- For Bob Tasca III, making consistent qualifying runs down the quarter-mile has been a goal for the ...

TASCA EARNS CAREER BEST QUALIFYING POSITION FOR SUMMER NATIONALS

Will face Tony Pedregon in First Round

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 31, 2008) -- For Bob Tasca III, making consistent qualifying runs down the quarter-mile has been a goal for the entire season. After doing that four times at Heartland Park in Topeka, the rookie driver earned the No. 2 qualifying position for Sunday's NHRA Summer Nationals.

"We had one of the, if not the, most consistent qualifying car of the weekend," said Tasca. "I'm just thrilled with Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] and the guys that are just working so hard on this team. People don't realize how many things they do in between rounds, and everything has to be perfect for our car to run how it ran here this weekend."

The driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang's previous best qualifying position was third, which he earned at Las Vegas earlier in the year.

"What can I say, we're going into Sunday No. 2, and that's the highest spot we've been," said the rookie driver. "We made four solid runs down the track in the heat. I'm reacting really well off the line; I'm very comfortable in the car. As a driver, I can really feel myself making a lot of progress behind the wheel. And this is a tricky track. At the Top End of the track, the car wants to move around. There's not a lot of rubber down out there and it causes the cars to want to drive to the centerline and get loose at the Top End."

For the second time this season, Tasca will face Tony Pedregon in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. The round will mark the second time this season and in Tasca's career that he will compete against his best friend in the first round of competition.

"To run Tony Pedregon tomorrow is just really exciting for me," said Tasca. "The truth is that there is no easy draw out here. But the team that we are going to run against tomorrow is us, and at the end of the day, you race yourself every single time down the track. As long as you race the track that you're on and you put your best tune-up in the car and the driver does his job, you just give yourself a chance. In this sport, with the margins of victory measured in the hundreds of thousandths, you do need a little luck to go your way. I think we're due for a little and we're excited for tomorrow."

Sunday's start in the 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX will be Tasca's eighth of the season.

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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Drivers Tony Pedregon , Bob Tasca III