Las Vegas II: Bob Tasca III Friday notes

TASCA 14TH AFTER FIRST DAY IN VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2008) -- Bob Tasca III put together two solid qualifying runs Friday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but after ending the day in the No. 14 position, the rookie driver will ...

TASCA 14TH AFTER FIRST DAY IN VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2008) -- Bob Tasca III put together two solid qualifying runs Friday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but after ending the day in the No. 14 position, the rookie driver will head into Saturday as one of eight drivers vying for the final four spots still up for grabs for Sunday's race.

"This sport, I have a new term for it, it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack," said Tasca. "The first run out this afternoon, we were the fourth quickest and had the fastest speed, and it was just a fantastic run, and we had a lot of confidence going into our second run. While we had a solid run later in the day, it just wasn't quite enough to get us into the show."

Tasca's first trip to 1,000 feet put the rookie driver in the No. 4 spot, with a 4.134-second, 303.64 mph run. His second trip down the track almost mirrored the first at 4.138 seconds and 303.16 mph

"That last run, I was sitting in the car, and I see Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] making these last minute decisions, a small adjustment here and a little tweak to the timing curve, and those are the changes that can make you go from a 4.13 to a 4.06," said Tasca. "I mean we're talking about small changes here that we're making, and yeah, it was disappointing that we didn't get in, but we'll head into tomorrow focused on putting together a great qualifying pass.

"I think the conditions that we're going to see on Sunday will be similar to the conditions that we saw earlier this afternoon," said Tasca. "To have that run from earlier under our belt is actually better than where we were in Richmond two weeks ago when we didn't qualifying. We're No. 14, and I think that those are the conditions that we'll see tomorrow and I know that Chris will make the right decisions to get this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car in the show."

Tasca and his team are looking to make their 21st start of the season in Sunday's NHRA Nationals.

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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