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Bob Tasca III is the No. 1 qualifier at Maple Grove

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

MOHNTON, PA — Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III is the No. 1 qualifier on Sunday. He went 3.866 at 328.30 mph at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. 

Tasca III was the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday. And he then had a better pass on Saturday during the final qualifying pass. 

Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III makes a pass on Saturday during the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway
Bob Tasca III makes a pass on Saturday during the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway (Photo by the NHRA)

“The car performed flawlessly,” Tasca said. “As a driver/team owner, that’s what you ask for from your team. They give you a car that can go out there and compete, and you put yourself in a position to win. We have a lot of unfinished business here this weekend, and tomorrow is a big day.

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“I think it’s going to be a very challenging day early in the rounds. We’re going to be here at 9:30 (a.m.), and the track is estimated to be somewhere around 75 degrees. You can shake really easily. You could see some big-time upsets, but we just want to go up there and do the best we can. We’ll manage the conditions as they go. As the day progresses, I think you’re going to fall into the conditions that we’ve run really well in. That gives you a lot of confidence going into Sunday.”

Tasca III will face Cory Lee in eliminations. Lee went 5.022 at 191.62 mph. 

NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car driver Ron Capps is the No. 2 qualifier. The California native went 3.879 at 333.99 mph. 

Capps, who is coming off of a Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals win, will face Dave Richards in eliminations. He went 4.140 at 278.17 mph.

Cornwell Tools Funny Car driver Robert Hight is the No. 3 qualifier. The California native went 3.879 at 329.34 mph. 

Hight will face Jim Campbell, who also resides in California, in eliminations. Campbell went 4.087 at 299.66 mph.

SCAG Equipment Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson is the No. 4 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois native went 3.881 at 329.91 mph. Wilkerson will face Alex Laughlin in eliminations. 

Laughlin, who calls Texas home but the Jim Dunn Racing team resides in California, went 4.058 at 295.59 mph.

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Bond Coat Funny Car driver Chad Green is the No. 5 qualifier. The Texan went 3.887 at 330.07 mph. 

He will face fellow Texan Terry Haddock in eliminations. Haddock went 4.004 at 309.20 mph. 

Other pairings include Matt Hagan and J.R. Todd. Another pairing includes John Force and Cruz Pedregon. The final pairing is Alexis DeJoria and Blake Alexander. 

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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