TASCA LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX
ENNIS, Texas (Friday, June 28, 2013) – Ask Bob Tasca about his favorite moment from the 2012 NHRA season and without hesitation he’ll tell you it came at Texas Motorplex.
After a long, winless season, the 37-year-old Funny Car driver came into the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals hoping just to go rounds after failing to make the Countdown for the Championship. Three motors later he found himself in the finals.
“It was a wild day,” recalled Tasca. “It was hot — the race track was really hot. I had at holeshot win and two pedal job wins. Then I end up in the finals against Matt Hagan.”
Both Tasca and Hagan lost traction near mid-track but it was Tasca who skillfully pedaled his way to the finish line in front of the defending Funny Car champ to claim his lone win of the season.
“I had to pedal the car to win the race,” he said. “As a driver, it’s a great feeling to get out and win a race like that. We went through a lot on the way to picking up that trophy.”
Elated, the first thing Tasca thought about was his parents.
“I remember calling my mom and dad,” he said. “I called my dad first, because of all the races he goes to, he wasn’t there for that one but he was following me every step as we went throughout the day.”
Needless to say, Tasca, who is currently 11th in the Funny Car standings, is looking forward a return trip to Texas Motorplex for the Sept. 19-22 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the second of six events in the Countdown to the Championship. He especially can’t wait to see his name on a Texas brick at the starting line, where one brick for each winner since 1986 honors all sportsman and professional event champions.
“To go back there, the place where you were the last one to pick up the trophy is a special thing,” he said. “I’ll be looking for my name on the brick.
“The competition (in Funny Car) now is unbelievable. It’s going to be exciting. The drama is going to be high. The cars that start to peak at the right time will have a real big advantage. I throw our car in that hat. We have a good car that goes up and down the track and can win on race day.”
Speaking of hats, Tasca, who hails from Rhode Island and isn’t really one to wear western gear, would welcome the chance to take home another of Texas Motorplex’s special “trophies.”
“I thought (the cowboy hat trophy) was great,” he said. “Those are the things that you just remember. I thought the hat really played on history and the area – and it sure would be nice to get another one.”
Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5. For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 20 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at11 a.m.
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.