TASCA MISSES FIELD IN RICHMOND RICHMOND, Virginia. (Oct. 11, 2008) -- Qualifying came right down to the wire for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team at Virginia Motorsports Park as the...
TASCA MISSES FIELD IN RICHMOND
RICHMOND, Virginia. (Oct. 11, 2008) -- Qualifying came right down to the wire for Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team at Virginia Motorsports Park as the rookie driver and his team needed to put together a solid run on their fourth and final pass of the weekend in order to make their 21st start of the season.
During his final run of the day, Tasca smoked the tires early, but recovered and made a strong effort pedaling his nitro Funny Car to 1,000 feet. That pass put him in the No. 16 spot with one driver remaining with the ability to bump the rookie driver out of the field. That driver was Jerry Toliver, who did got on to earn the 16th and final spot in the field after his final run, leaving Tasca to record his second DNQ of the season.
"Today we were just too aggressive," said Tasca. "I know Chris [Cunningham, crew chief] was really trying and we're kind of a little floored that the car on both runs, smoked the tires just about 10 feet from the starting line. We made some pretty significant adjustments that second run, but that's racing.
"It's amazing, you come to a race and run your career-best time and you don't qualify," said Tasca regarding his Friday night run. "We would have qualified with our time Friday night, but since we missed the pack by one one-thousandth of a second and one spot, with the way qualifying goes, that time didn't carry over into today."
It's been since the second race of the season in Phoenix, that Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team haven't been in the 16-car field on race day.
"Today was unfortunate, and it's only the second time that it's happened to us all year. It's been a long time, since Phoenix that we haven't qualified," said Tasca. "We're just going to look forward and not back and look forward to getting back to Vegas. We qualified third there earlier in the season, so I'm excited to get back to that track. We've got two races to go, and Richmond is behind us."
Tasca and his Motorcraft/Quick Lane team will have two weeks off before heading to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 31-Nov. 2 for the 8th annual NHRA Nationals.