Seattle: Bob Tasca III final report

ONE WILD RIDE FOR TASCA AND THE MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM IN SEATTLE Kent, Washington -- July 19, 2009 -- Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team headed into Sunday's eliminations in Seattle in the number four...

ONE WILD RIDE FOR TASCA AND THE MOTORCRAFT/QUICK LANE RACING TEAM IN SEATTLE

Kent, Washington -- July 19, 2009 -- Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team headed into Sunday's eliminations in Seattle in the number four spot with a hot Mustang that had proven quick from start line to finish line. During the first round eliminations, they didn't know just how difficult that would be.

With the first hit of the gas, the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang had a connecting rod break, causing it to race violently across the starting line. Not seeing his opponent Jerry Toliver ahead of him, Tasca knew he had to do everything he could to get across the finish line first.

As Tasca continued down the track but the Mustang was getting worse and worse. The engine started to come apart and the motor blew just before the finish line. Luckily, Tasca was able to keep it together to defeat Toliver to advance to the second round against John Force.

A familiar foe, Tasca and Force have each won twice against the other in past events.

"We went into the second round against John and we knew we had a race car that could go down the track," said Tasca. "We tried to duplicate our 4.22 pass from Friday when we ran in the heat, but we smoked the tires just around 300 feet. It wasn't what we expected to do, it caught us by surprise including me in the car."

Tasca is currently seventh in series standings with four races remaining before the Countdown to 1.

Tasca's technical alliance teammate Tim Wilkerson had a big day in Seattle. After a rough race in Denver, Wilkerson defeated Tony Pedregon in the final round to win the 22nd Annual NHRA Nothwest Nationals at Pacific Racways in Kent, Morrison.

"Tim had a really great day. It was a great day for our team," said Tasca. "We're really proud of our alliance with Tim Wilkerson Racing and it's always great to see a Ford in the winner's circle."

Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang team return to the track on Friday, July 24, for the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals in Sonoma, California.

-credit: tasca/motorcraft

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force , Tim Wilkerson , Jerry Toliver , Bob Tasca III