Bob Tasca III won his first four-wide title, winning the final at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on a holeshot to collect his seventh career Funny Car win and ninth overall in NHRA competition.
Tasca’s Motorcraft/Quick lane Ford, which spent all three rounds in his favored Lane 4, beat reigning world champ and 2013 Four-Wide Nationals winner Matt Hagan to the stripe, 3.938 to 3.955, and both got there ahead of late-leaving Tim Wilkerson, whose 3.922 was the quickest pass of the final yet left him sitting in third place. .2017 Four-Wide Nationals winner Ron Capps finished fourth with a 3.978 as all four finalists ran in the three-second zone.
“It’s so special. My dad hasn’t been out here in a long time and it’s great to have him out here,” Tasca said. “Happy birthday to Mustang, and I’m so privileged to be able to drive the quickest and fastest Mustang on the planet, so thank you to Ford.”
Tasca swapped wins with Capps in the first two quads as Tasca beat the NAPA driver in the opening round, 3.917 to 3.932, as both finished ahead of Bobby Bode and Jim Campbell, and Capps returned the favor by winning their second quad on a holeshot, 3.935 to 3.934 ahead of Robert Hight and J.R. Todd.
Hagan finished second behind John Force in their opening quad, 3.92 to 3.93, both finishing ahead of Blake Alexander and Chris Morel, then beat Wilkerson to win their semifinal quad ahead of Force and Alexis DeJoria.