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NHRA's New England Connection


Mystery 9 Ford Mustang 1966 launch

Mystery 9 Ford Mustang 1966 launch

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The National Hot Rod Association is coming to the New England area next year when it presents its first Full Throttle Drag Racing Series New England Nationals on June 20-23, 2013 on the New England Dragway dragstrip at Epping, NH. This announcement marks a process that began more than a decade ago when NHRA decided it wanted to stage a race in this region of the country, making NHRA one of the more geographically diverse schedules of any motorsports sanctioning body.

“This is a landmark announcement for NHRA and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series,” said Tom Compton, NHRA president.   “We identified the New England area as one of the primary regions to expand our schedule and today’s announcement is very exciting for everyone involved in NHRA.”

To accommodate the professional drag racers, New England Dragway intends to make capital improvements over the next 12 months in anticipation of the series' arrival. This facility joined the NHRA member track network in 2011 with the goal of one day hosting a Full Throttle NHRA drag race. It's taken nearly two years of hard work to get to this point.

The event will host the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock contingent along with Lucas Oil Sportsman racers. "To bring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series to New England and specifically to the state of New Hampshire is very exciting," Joe Lombardo, track general manager said. "We have started the process of preparing our facility to host an event of this magnitude." New England Dragway opened in September of 1966 and has been active ever since.

The New England area has a long affair with drag racing, and one of the prominent Funny Car stars, Bob Tasca III hails from Rhode Island. During this weekend's race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, Tasca III will have a special retro paint scheme on his Ford Shelby Mustang that honors the family patriarch, Bob Tasca Sr.

Bob Tasca III campaigns the Mystery 4 Ford Shelby Mustang at Englishtown this weekend

Bob Tasca III campaigns the Mystery 4 Ford Shelby Mustang at Englishtown this weekend

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Bob Tasca Sr owned his Rhode Island Ford dealership by the time he was 27; he's widely regarded as the man who coined the phrase: "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday." He campaigned "Mystery" series Fords in the early days of drag racing and his grandson, Bob Tasca III continues the family's Ford legacy. It was Tasca Sr who convinced Ford Motor Co to become involved in drag racing; he died in 2010 - with no regrets after a long, successful life in the automotive and racing business.

“I am so proud that every Tasca is interested in the car business, and they’re not interested in it because I pay them to be interested in it,” Bob Sr. said in a family video before he died. “They’re interested in it because they love it. That’s why they work so hard.”

This weekend at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, his grandson Bob Tasca III and Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing will honor Bob Sr. with a special paint scheme. Called the Mystery 4 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang, the design brings back the iconic “Mystery” series campaigned by Bob Sr.
 

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