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Tasca goes back-to-back, wins NHRA Southern Nationals

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ATLANTA  — Bob Tasca III and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car team won the 40th and final NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday at Atlanta Dragway. The victory is Tasca's second in a row, after winning two weeks ago at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.

Through three races, Tasca is atop the NHRA Nitro Funny Car standings.

“It was a hard-fought day,” said Tasca. “Every round was a tough win. I’m very proud of my team. Mike Neff and Jon Schaffer made the right calls and put me in a position to win! It’s exciting just to be a part of it.”

After qualifying second, Tasca reached the final by collecting wins over Paul Lee, Blake Alexander and Matt Hagan. Head-to-head with John Force for the championship, Tasca topped out at 326.48 mph and clocked a 4.004 ET, while Force had a 4.015 ET. 

Tasca’s last consecutive wins came in 2019, at Bristol, Tenn., and Norwalk, Ohio. All-time, Tasca has 10 triumphs in NHRA Funny Car competition.

“All of us at Motorcraft are so excited to see Bob continue his winning ways at the NHRA Southern Nats,” said Jonathan Orth, a Ford customer services manager.

Through his role as team owner and driver, Tasca works to help Ford attract and retain automotive technicians by talking to students who participate in NHRA’s YES (Youth and Education Services) programs.

The Tasca Racing team next heads to Charlotte, N.C., for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on May 14-16. 

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Tasca goes back-to-back, wins NHRA Southern Nationals

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