Bob Tasca, a sophomore in NHRA Funny Car competition, raced to his first career victory earlier this season at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Flordia. It was an emotional scene as he celebrated with is Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Ford Mustang crew. If he’s able to win at Englishtown, the celebration would be off the charts.
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Tasca has been going to races at venerable
He watched his grandfather race there. It’s where he was bit by the drag racing bug himself and the place where he won his very first NHRA national event – in Top Alcohol Funny Car during his sportsman racing days.
Now he is focused on earning his first professional victory there, and second overall, June 11-14 at the United Association NHRA SuperNationals. Tony Schumacher, Tim Wilkerson, Greg Anderson and Chip Ellis are the defending winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, which will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD.
Tasca, a sophomore in NHRA Funny Car competition, raced to his first career victory earlier this season at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Flordia. It was an emotional scene as he celebrated with is Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Ford Mustang crew. If he’s able to win at Englishtown, the celebration would be off the charts.
“The history at Englishtown is almost unparalleled,” Tasca said. “It’s my home track. There are so many fans from
Tasca, who struggled somewhat in his freshman season and finished outside the top 10 in points, says winning at Gainesville in March really set the stage for what he feels like this team is able to accomplish. A partnership with Wilkerson where the two teams share data and tuning information has also been extremely beneficial.
“I think it’s not what we learned (from winning at
With so much familiarity at
“Englishtown can be really fast, but because the race takes place in the middle of summer, it’s a hot race track,” Tasca said. “The key of racing in Englishtown, I don’t think is any different than racing at any other track. You have to go in with a race car that is predictable. We have a Motorcraft/Quick Lane Shelby Mustang that is very predictable, it’s better on a hot track than a cool track but it goes A to B a lot and it goes A to B fast. At
While Tasca will be focused on moving up in the points order, Ron Capps has led the standings all season in his NAPA Dodge Charger and will be looking for another win. Hard-charging Del Worsham posted back-to-back victories in
Former bike racer and local favorite Antron Brown, a native of Chesterfield, N.J. who now calls Indianapolis home, is having great success in his transition to Top Fuel competition in his Matco Tools dragster and is currently leading the point standings following a runner-up finish at Chicago. Tony Schumacher continues to be tough to beat in the 7,000 horsepower category as the six-time world champ is winning races once again in his U.S. Army dragster, except this time with a new crew chief, Mike Green, and a brand new crew. Other top contenders include Brandon Bernstein, Cory McClenathan, Morgan Lucas and Larry Dixon, a four-time winner at the historic dragstrip.
Jeg Coughlin, Jason Line, Mike Edwards and Greg Anderson are the front-runners in Pro Stock, while defending series champ Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Matt Smith and rookie Doug Horne are among the favorites in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
SCHEDULE: Pro qualifying sessions are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, June 12, and noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 14.
ON TV: ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 7 p.m. (ET) on Saturday June 13 and another hour of coverage later that evening at 11:30 p.m.. On Sunday, June 14, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will feature NHRA Race Day, a 30-minute pre-race show, at noon (ET), and three hours of eliminations coverage at 10 p.m. (ET).
LUCAS OIL SERIES: The United Association NHRA SuperNationals also will feature competition in seven categories in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series, where the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Series earn their racing stripes. Lucas Oil Series qualifying begins at 10:15 a.m. on June 11. Lucas Oil Series eliminations begin at 10:15 a.m. on June 12.
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