Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Troy Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Joey Gladstone (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won the 14th of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season at Topeka, KS. Tasca III is from Hope, RI.
Bob Tasca grabbed the spotlight from John Force in the Funny Car final round at Atlanta Dragway, extending his points lead and winning the 40th and final Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals on Sunday.
For Bob Tasca III, his grandfather’s word was gospel. And being a faithful believer has shaped the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang Funny Car driver into a highly successful NHRA Camping World Drag Racing racer, automotive-industry businessman, and Ford Motor Company evangelist.
After the Ford Motor Company pulled out of NHRA pro drag racing in late 2013, Cranston, RI’s Bob Tasca III warned it had made a mistake: “I truly believe they have underestimated the passion and loyalty of the NHRA fans” – and lobbied hard for a decision reversal. Ford agreed to continue supporting his Funny Car program, but Tasca made a promise on his end, too.
Traditionally, a drag strip is 1,320 feet, which equals a quarter-mile. (One mile equals 5,280 feet.) Many classes in NHRA drag racing—actually, all but the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes—still compete on a quarter-mile course.
2019 NHRA Rookie of the Year loses Top Fuel ride with JFR, will stay on in crew member, super-sub role. The 25-year-old rising star in the Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series, was left off the organization’s driver roster for 2021 for financial reasons. Instead of racing, Prock helps crew chief dad Jimmy Prock work on Robert Hight’s Auto Club Chevy Funny Car. Prock scored his lone Top Fuel victory on the way to earning his 2019 NHRA rookie-of-the-year status.