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Ghouls and Goblins Not Going to Faze Tasca and Motorcraft/Quick Lane Team During Las Vegas Race

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DEARBORN, October 27, 2010: As the 2010 season draws to a close, Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team have a few tricks up their sleeves for this weekend’s event in Las Vegas.

With two races remaining, Tasca looks forward to racing his Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang and watching the Funny Car Championship battle heat up. Currently fifth in series points, Tasca will remain focused on his racing path, while keeping tabs on the top two drivers in the Funny Car class.

“This is a very exciting part of the season,” said Tasca. “Two races to go and there’s so much still undecided with the championship up in the air. I’m confident we have a legitimate shot at finishing this season in third or fourth in points, which would be a huge improvement over last year. It’s an important two races for our team, even though we’re not in the championship discussion, but we want to do well and end the season on a high note.”

The Funny Car driver/owner is confident about this weekend’s event. Always looking ahead, Tasca looks to accomplish several tasks this weekend that will benefit the team in the closing weeks of 2010 and the start of 2011.

“There’s so much on the line this weekend and for next year,” said Tasca. “We’re going to Las Vegas with our best foot forward. Truthfully, there should be record-setting conditions and we’re going to spend the Monday after Las Vegas testing, preparing for Pomona and for the 2011 season. We’re going to Las Vegas to learn a lot; but we’re also going there to win.”

The clock is ticking for Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, who want to mirror their win statistic from the 2009 season. Tasca earned two wins in 2009 (Gainesville and Reading). This year, Tasca has one win and thinks Las Vegas will be the opportune time to pick up his second win of the season.

“The Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team needs a win to end this season,” said Tasca. “I feel very confident that we’re going into Las Vegas with a race car that go to the pole and win the event. We have a Shelby Mustang Funny Car that is capable of winning. We want to finish the season on a strong note and see how these championships unfold.”

Tasca and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team have set one goal for the closing races of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season – post the quickest and fastest times of the young team’s career. During the August Indianapolis test, Tasca posted a career best ET of 4.077 at 309 miles per hour.

“I’m going out on a limb; we are very determined, before the season ends, to run quicker and faster than we’ve ever been,” said Tasca. “I have confidence in crew chiefs Chris Cunningham and Marc Denner and what they have been working on this season. We’re looking to end the season with a win or two and, more importantly, putting down some of the quickest and fastest runs that we’ve ever made. We want to run a low 4.0 at well over 310 miles per hour to end this season between now and Pomona.”

Since race day is Halloween, race fans might see Tasca dressed up, but the Rhode Island native will be recognizable in his “costume.”

“I can’t remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween,” said Tasca. “I’m going to be the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car driver for part of the day. Once the racing is over, I’m going to change into a Ford car salesman and sell some Fords to the fans as they leave – hopefully with a Wally in my hand.”