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Low qualifier Bob Tasca III suffers qualifying setback with big engine explosion

Bob Tasca III, who raced his Motorcraft Mustang to the qualifying lead Friday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals experienced a body-shattering explosion during the third qualifying session Friday.
03 Aug 2019
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Bob Tasca

Bob Tasca III, who raced his Motorcraft Mustang to the qualifying lead Friday at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals experienced a body-shattering explosion during the third qualifying session Friday.

“We wanted to put on a show for these fans and give them a little excitement,” said Tasca. “Last night we did it by going quicker and faster than anyone else here but today, unfortunately, that’s nitro racing. 

“We have plenty of Mustang bodies back in the trailer. I’m fine, it was just difficult to see and you don’t ever wan to go in that other lane and affect the other driver. Fortunately we got it to a stop and everything did what it was supposed to do. The boys back in the Motorcraft camp have plenty of parts and pieces and we’ll have a car ready to go here shortly.”