Reading: Bob Tasca III Saturday notes

TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM TO START FIFTH IN READING READING, PA -- August 22, 2009 -- Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing look forward to Sunday morning after experience two challenging and rain filled days in...

TASCA AND MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM TO START FIFTH IN READING

READING, PA -- August 22, 2009 -- Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing look forward to Sunday morning after experience two challenging and rain filled days in Reading.

Eager to be back on the track, Tasca's first run of the weekend was smooth and strong. After Friday's lone qualifying session, Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team sat comfortably in the third position in hopes of improving on Saturday.

In what would be a repeat weather performance of Friday, Funny Cars would take to the track for their single pass of the day. Tasca was confident his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang could improve on Friday's effort. Tasca reached the 660-foot marker and experienced a blown supercharger.

"We're still a little unclear with what happened in the second run," said Tasca.

"We believe it was a valve train failure that caused the massive explosion. It destroyed the supercharger and it knocked a port out of the cylinder head along with the manifold. There was a big flash fire, which did go out. The oil did not catch on fire; it was more of a fuel fire that was in the manifold."

It would be a long Saturday night and early Sunday morning for Tasca and the team.

"Other than causing a lot of work for this Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, we'll be ready for tomorrow," said Tasca. "We're going to work through the night to make sure our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang is race ready for Sunday."

Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team will rely on Friday's 4.138 second run at 299.26 miles per hour to develop Sunday's race strategy.

"Chris Cunningham, Marc Denner and the guys made a really great call on Friday in the heat," said Tasca. "I'm disappointed in today, not in the explosion, but we would have liked to have had a second run. This has been a very challenging weekend because we never really had the chance to hit our stride."

Tasca is seeded fifth and will face Ron Capps in the opening round.

"You race the race, regardless of who is in the next lane," said Tasca. "We've got a formidable competitor in the other lane, but at the same time, he has a formidable competitor. We're looking forward to going a couple of rounds on Sunday."

-credit: tr/motorcraft

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Bob Tasca III