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Tasca sits 12th, confident heading into Saturday
“It was probably the best run we’ve made in the car,” said Tasca of his second run of the day. “This has really been a great day for us. We haven’t put together two back-to-back solid runs like that, I don’t think all year. The guys have certainly made progress; they’ve done a lot of work between races to refine and make small changes to the car.”
Tasca’s first qualifying effort at Houston Raceway Park was 5.05 ET and 264.49 mph, while the second was a little bit quicker at 4.94 ET and 264.49 mph. Unfortunately, Tasca crossed the centerline on his second run and hit a cone on the track, resulting in the time not counting for position.
“I actually hit the cone with the rear tire, which isn’t easy to do actually," said Tasca. "I contested it because I knew that I didn’t hit it with the front of the car because I saw the cones go by me. I knew I was close, but the rear tire just clipped it. Fortunately it didn’t do any damage.”
While happy with two solids runs on the day, Tasca was sure that if his car hadn’t gotten loose at the top end on both runs, his Shelby Mustang would have been a little bit higher in the field.
“That last run would have probably put us close to the No. 3 qualifier if we hadn’t gotten loose,” said Tasca. “For me as a driver, these are the first conditions where I've felt loose at the top end of the track and close to the finish line. That makes the car very difficult to drive because the rear tires are spinning at 300 mph and it’s difficult to correct once the tires get loose. We’ll make some adjustments with the rear spoiler and with timing. We've got a lot of confidence heading into tomorrow.”
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