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Tasca III Back To Cockpit

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, March 22 2016
Bob Tasca III is returning to the NHRA. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Bob Tasca III is returning to the NHRA. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

Bob Tasca III soon will be giving Ford fans another reason to follow NHRA Funny Car competition.

Tasca confirmed on Tuesday that he has secured sponsorship for a four-race schedule starting with the seventh annual NHRA 4Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., April 22-24.

“I’m thrilled to have NewAutoParts.com back as the primary sponsor for the Four-Wide event,” Tasca said in a statement. “We also have three other primary sponsors that I will be announcing soon for the remaining events.”

Tasca is booked to return to the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour for the 28th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka from May 20-22; the fourth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., June 3-5 and the 19th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., July 7-10.

Now headquartered in Concord, near Charlotte, Tasca Racing was founded in 1962 by well-known Ford dealer Bob Tasca Sr. of Rhode Island. The elder Tasca widely is recognized for coining the phrase “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” Grandson Bob III said he continues to answer inquiries from Ford fans eager to see more Shelby Mustang-bodied Funny Cars on the 24-race tour.

Ford Motor Company ended its factory support of the NHRA’s professional ranks at the end of the 2014 season to concentrate on the Sportsman classes with its Mustang Cobra Jet hot rods. Ford also offers engines/parts support and contingencies in many grassroots divisions.

“I get emails and see social media posts non-stop asking why Ford pulled out of NHRA Funny Car racing,” said Tasca, who has four national event victories in 11 final-round appearances. “I talk to the executives all the time and, trust me, the Ford family and many people within the company love the NHRA Ford fans. I firmly believe that one day they will come back and support their fans and their teams. Until then, the Tasca Family will do whatever we can to keep the passion alive for the Ford fans.”

Full-time campaigner Tim Wilkerson earned his 19th career NHRA victory when he drove his Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Mustang past 16-time world champion John Force in the final of the 32nd annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., on Feb. 28. Ironically, “Brut” Force and his John Force Racing team switched to the Chevrolet Camaro SS camp beginning in 2015.

Wilkerson was joined by Dave Richards in the “Blue Oval” fold during last weekend’s 47th annual Amalie NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway. Wilkerson exited the Gators seventh in points after three events. Richards’ belated 2016 debut in Gainesville was the first of 10 events under a unique sponsorship package with Prestige Corporate in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Paul Richards Racing will rejoin the tour at the 4Wide Nationals.

The late Bob Tasca Sr. was instrumental in bringing Ford to the forefront of performance during the “Golden Era” of racing in the 1950’s and ‘60s via vehicles like the 428 Cobra Jet. Tasca’s performance heritage continues today through the family’s second and third generations. Carl Tasca Sr., Bob’s son, drives the fastest Ford Cobra Jet in the country. Bob III handles the 10,000-horsepower NewAutoParts.com Shelby Mustang Nitro Funny Car. When not involved with his race team, Bob III works at the family dealership.

Bob III, who has led the racing branch of his family since 2008, plans to use the event at Bruton Smith’s zMAX Dragway to build momentum heading into the summer. “With limited funds it’s hard to find the budget to test,” said Tasca, a 40-year-old native of Hope, R.I. “We’re focused on going to Charlotte to get our setup dialed-in on Friday and Saturday. We have a lot of data from that track and I feel confident, come Sunday, we’ll have a car that can compete for the win.”

Tasca’s career-best numbers at 1,000-feet are 3.988-seconds and 317.72 mph.

Founded by a team of OE parts and shipping professionals, Newautoparts.com is an online service for genuine OEM parts and accessories. Additionally, Tasca Racing will be joined by associate sponsors BG Products and Nitro Fish.

“BG is new to the sport of drag racing,” Tasca said. “We use BG products throughout our dealerships. They provide a tremendous value to our customers and I look forward to helping build the BG brand within the NHRA fan base.”

Nitro Fish Apparel is owned and operated by Kenny Koretsky, a Pennsylvania-based businessman and longtime NHRA drag racer. Koretsky has driven Top Fuel dragsters and in Pro Stock during a career that dates to 1976. Koretsky, who purchased the Nitro Fish brand in 2004, has used its resources to promote a number of racers including retired two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion Tony Pedregon, two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Matt Smith and 2010 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion LE Tonglet.  

“Kenny is a long-time friend and I’m proud to be officially on the Nitro Fish Team,” Tasca said.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Tuesday, March 22 2016
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  • James Norwood says:

    YES!!!…iT IS great to see Mr, Tasca and his team get back into NHRA action. He is a great driver and his presence is much needed on the PRO scene in a FORD bodied and powered race car! Prospective consumers need to see that their beloved car-maker is interested in the sport in a big way and Funny Car class surely gets this message across, So,..I hope that FORD will consider this and think again about their involvement in this class and get back on board with Tasca Racing with a quickness!!! (Also, it would behoove them to get John Force Racing back too) They aren’t doing too well with those “Camaro painted Mustang bodies” they are trying to perpetrate and be competitive with…those bodies are of “Mustang Design” and “karma” isn’t letting them do so well…check out their performance for yourselves to see my point. FORD should be on their asses about using that “body style” since it’s not representing anymore. Think I’m blowing smoke?..well just try and overlay an “off the line” photo of a passed FORD sponsored car with the new “Peak car” and see for yourselves…they are just “Camaro graphics on a Mustang body”. Don’t you think that isn’t right?..haven’t you paid for development on those Mustang bodies? (wind tunnel tests etc;..) And what happened to those “Ford 500 fuel “hemi” engines? Are all the developments on them just tossed? I could go on & on….. I am a JFR fan so don’t get me wrong but,… I want to see FORD back out there representin’ yawl!! Get back into Pro Stock also because the rules have changed and you can show off your development in running EFI now!! Hook us up FORD!! Ford fans are sufferin’..(-_-!)>