Las Vegas: Bob Tasca III final report

TASCA MAKES IT TO SECOND ROUND IN VEGAS; MOVES UP TO 12TH IN POINTS LAS VEGAS (April 13, 2008) -- It was a weekend full of making progress for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team in Las Vegas. The rookie driver...

TASCA MAKES IT TO SECOND ROUND IN VEGAS; MOVES UP TO 12TH IN POINTS

LAS VEGAS (April 13, 2008) -- It was a weekend full of making progress for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team in Las Vegas. The rookie driver made it to the second round of NHRA Funny Car competition before falling to Ron Capps.

"The right lane just wasn't the place to be today," said Tasca. "You go out in the second round and your adrenaline is pumping and you really want to get into the semi-finals. We lost lane choice by just a small amount to Ron Capps for the round, and unfortunately, only one dragster went down it and no Funny Cars."

Sunday's race marked the second time that Tasca advanced to the second round of competition, and the first time he competed alongside Capps.

"The car got real loose on me and came sideways," said Tasca, following his second run of the day. "I stepped off it and I pedaled it once just in case Ron may have smoked the tires, but then I saw him out in front of me. The car came around towards the cone as I lifted, and when I lifted, I hit the cone. But that's the difference between racing and qualifying. On Sunday, within reason you do whatever you can to get to the finish line and unfortunately for us we lost a little bit of traction and the car came around pretty hard. But Capps made a real good run down that left lane."

To start the day, Tasca faced Melanie Troxel for the second time this year. The two first-year Funny Car drivers met in the first round in Pomona, where Tasca earned his first round win of his nitro Funny Car career.

"It was a great weekend for our team, and we're certainly building on the future and gaining some momentum," said Tasca. "We don't necessarily compare ourselves to who had the quickest run for the whole weekend, but we compare ourselves on how quick we are compared to the competition for each of the sessions. Through qualifying we were extremely consistent, and then today, it was great to get out there and get a round win. We've gained some momentum here and we're going to carry that into Atlanta."

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Melanie Troxel , Bob Tasca III