Tasca wins first Wally since 2012 at 2019 Thunder Valley Nationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ford Motocraft/Quick Lane Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III lifted a seven-year drought off of his back. Tasca III defeated PEAK Antifreeze/Blue Def sponsored living legend John Force in the final round on Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee.

Tasca III won 4.008 at 316.23 mph to win the Wally. Force went 4.155 at 287.05 mph in the losing effort.

Funny Car pilot Bob Tasca III after winning the Wally on Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Bob Tasca III after winning the Wally on Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“This was a hard Ford effort,” said Tasca. “All weekend long my crew chiefs were talking about lane choice and maybe it got in my head a little bit too much at times. I really wanted to go in shallow and get our team lane choice and put us in a good position all weekend. 

“I knew it was going to be a slugfest against Force, I thought he was trying to run me out of Nitro up there or something but I guess he was having problems up there. I love racing him. That was one of the biggest career wins for me simply because Ford came back to NHRA. I told them when I came back that I was going to win and I’m going to give you a car that runs for a championship.”

This is Tasca III’s first win since the 2012 season. He defeated Matt Hagan in the final round of the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals on Sept. 23, 2012 in Ennis, Texas at the Texas Motorplex.

Before the final round started, Force had problems. He went too far down the track, then he had problems getting the Funny Car in reverse.

Once it was in reverse and backed up, the team had to help him get the Funny Car out of reverse.

With the loss, Force will have to wait another week in his pursue of his 150th career win. The series will complete their four races in a row next weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

In 28 career meetings, each driver had won 14 times previously. However, this was the first-time that they had faced each other in the final round.

Tasca III had the starting line advantage. He then pulled away from there to get the win.

Force, in the losing effort, lost ground on Tasca III, as the two nitro cars were going down the track. Tasca III won by 0.1533 seconds, or approx. 65 feet.

This is Tasca III’s fifth career win.

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