TASCA RACES INTO NHRA NATIONALS; WILL FACE PEDREGON IN VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2008) -- It came down to the last qualifying run of the weekend, but Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team earned the No. 12 qualifying...
TASCA RACES INTO NHRA NATIONALS; WILL FACE PEDREGON IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2008) -- It came down to the last qualifying run of the weekend, but Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team earned the No. 12 qualifying position for Sunday's NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. The Rookie-of-the-Year nominee will face defending series champion, Tony Pedregon, in the first round of eliminations on Sunday, marking the fourth meeting between the two friends this season.
"We were having luck similar to what we had in Richmond there for a little while, but we're coming out with a whole lot happier ending," said Tasca after solidifying his spot in the 16-car race field. "This is just an exciting weekend for our whole program. We announced our two-car alliance with Tim Wilkerson for next year today, and then our team pulled together to get this Motorcraft/Quick Lane car in the show."
After his first pass to 1,000-feet didn't go exactly as planned for the rookie driver, Tasca and Crew Chief, Chris Cunningham, made changes to their Mustang and laid down a 4.096-second, 306.88 mph run in their final pass.
"Chris and I talked about what we wanted to do to the car and what the conditions were going to look like, and a 4.09 was exactly what we dialed in for," said Tasca of his final run. "We knew that we would be safe with that, and it's a great baseline for tomorrow morning. We ran our fastest half-track speed that final run at 265 mph, and our speed at the finish line was almost 307 mph, so to look at that booming miles per hour, it shows the power that we're making.
"To not qualify, isn't an option for us," said the rookie driver. "To not give ourselves a chance on Sunday is unacceptable. Coming off of not qualifying in Richmond and having two weeks to stew over it, that's just the worst thing for a driver and a team; to sit on the sidelines for two weeks after such a tough DNQ in Richmond. But we're looking forward. I knew that we had a great hot rod this weekend. We've got a group of JDRF kids coming out to the track tomorrow, and we're going to try and put on a good show for the fans."
Tasca enters Sunday's first round at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 2-1 record against Pedregon this season.