TASCA LOOKS FOR WIN AT HOMETOWN TRACK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2008) -- As a resident of Rhode Island, the quarter-mile drag strip in Englishtown, New Jersey, is the closest track to home on the NHRA schedule for Bob...
TASCA LOOKS FOR WIN AT HOMETOWN TRACK
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2008) -- As a resident of Rhode Island, the quarter-mile drag strip in Englishtown, New Jersey, is the closest track to home on the NHRA schedule for Bob Tasca III. Competing this weekend in the NHRA Supernationals, the rookie driver looks to grab his first win of the season in front of family and friends.
"For me, Englishtown has really played an important part in my drag racing career," said Tasca. "It was the first professional event that I ever went to, it's the first track that I ever went down in a Pro Stock car to get my Pro Stock license, and last year, it became the first track that I ever won a national event at, so it holds a special place in my heart."
Tasca won in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class last season in Englishtown, and this year, the driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Custom Accessories Shelby Mustang Funny Car will make his Fuel Funny Car debut, entering the weekend's event 10th in championship points.
"I've always had a lot of friends and family that have come down for the race, so I'm really excited for them to see me race in my first Fuel Funny Car race at this track," said Tasca. "You always want to race really well in front of friends and family, and we've got a whole crew coming down for the race. I'm excited, because there haven't been too many races this year where I've had a lot of my friends and family out because we've been far away from home, so I'm looking forward to this weekend and to taking home the trophy."
After a week off from racing this past week, Tasca and his crew return to the track this weekend, recharged and ready to win.
"It's an interesting time of the year," said the rookie driver. "We're sitting here, halfway through the first championship run, and we're 10th in the points. And that's a great place to be for a new team like ours. This past weekend was nice for the guys on the team to be able to get home and recharge their batteries, and me as well. But we're going to be back at the track this weekend and we're ready to run hard.
"The championship picture is really starting to take shape, and it's going to continue to do that through this weekend. For our team, being where we are, we couldn't be happier. But for us, it's not about staying on the bubble. It's about moving up solidly into the top 10. We want to move up and give ourselves a real run at this championship. Our team has a lot of confidence going into this track; it should be a great, great race."