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Bob Tasca was disqualified after round 1 of qualifying on Friday after the NHRA deemed his manifold illegal.  Tasca returned on Saturday with renewed determination and a borrowed manifold.

Bob Tasca had a lot to say about his performance on Saturday calling it, a race against NHRA itself.

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Bob Tasca III recorded just the third triple holeshot win in NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series history, picking up his first career four-wide victory at the 24th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also scored wins in Las Vegas.

Bob Tasca III recorded just the third triple holeshot win in NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series history on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, picking up his second career four-wide victory at the 24th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also won at the fourth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Funny Car’s Tasca went 3.915 seconds at 329.75 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Ford Mustang in a final quad that featured Austin Prock, reigning world champ Matt Hagan and Ron Capps. Tasca’s time was the slowest of the foursome, but his .034 reaction time made the difference, as he slipped past all three by a razor-thin margin to claim his first win of 2024 and the 16th in his career.

It was the first triple holeshot win in Funny Car history and Tasca needed every bit of his starting-line advantage to pick up a memorable victory in an incredible final round that is certainly one of the most thrilling in four-wide history.

“When I'm sitting here in lane one and looking at those grandstands full of people, it gives you butterflies because that's why we do it,” Tasca said. “I knew I hit it good. I didn't know how good but it was a great light, great car, great setup, and it's exactly what we needed to do this weekend.
 
"When you put together a final round where there's one Ford, one Dodge, one Toyota, one Chevy, that why we do it. It's the only reason we come out here to win for all our Ford fans all around the world. That’s going to go down as one of the best final rounds in Funny Car history. We've got a team that can compete for the championship and I promise you we will."

No. 1 qualifier Prock, who is also now the points leader, finished as the runner-up in his third trip to the finals this season, while Capps was third. Hagan, who posted the quickest run of the weekend in the category with a 3.895 at 328.54, was fourth

In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta was dominant on Sunday en route to his career four-wide win, going 3.715 at 333.58 in his 11,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster to roll past Tony Stewart, Justin Ashley and Steve Torrence. Kalitta put together the quickest run in each of the three rounds, following up his No. 1 qualifier with a trio of spectacular runs on Sunday. It gives Kalitta 53 career victories and plenty of early-season momentum following his first championship. He picked up wins in each of the first two quads to advance to the loaded final round and, staying in the first lane all day, put together another great run to pick up another milestone first in his impressive career.

"That was a hell of a run and I was really happy to see that win light come on,” Kalitta said. “Obviously, those other three teams are all hungry and all running pretty strong. It was a super close race for all our cars and the fans got their money's worth, and we came out with a win. 
 
"Getting the first four-wide was really special for me, because I've been really hungry to try to pull one of these off. My guys really had my car running strong. We qualified low and I think we have low [ET] of each of the sessions and it would have been a great shame to miss this opportunity."

Ashley finished as the runner-up with his run of 3.745 at 333.82, Torrence took third and Stewart was fourth in his first career final round. Ashley also moved into the points lead in the category.

Tasca, Kalitta, and Jeg Coughlin take 4-Wide Nationals victories in Las Vegas

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Bob Tasca III recorded just the third triple holeshot win in NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series history, picking up his first career four-wide victory at the 24th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also scored wins in Las Vegas.

Bob Tasca III recorded just the third triple holeshot win in NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series history on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, picking up his second career four-wide victory at the 24th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) also won at the fourth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Funny Car’s Tasca went 3.915 seconds at 329.75 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Ford Mustang in a final quad that featured Austin Prock, reigning world champ Matt Hagan and Ron Capps. Tasca’s time was the slowest of the foursome, but his .034 reaction time made the difference, as he slipped past all three by a razor-thin margin to claim his first win of 2024 and the 16th in his career.

It was the first triple holeshot win in Funny Car history and Tasca needed every bit of his starting-line advantage to pick up a memorable victory in an incredible final round that is certainly one of the most thrilling in four-wide history.

“When I'm sitting here in lane one and looking at those grandstands full of people, it gives you butterflies because that's why we do it,” Tasca said. “I knew I hit it good. I didn't know how good but it was a great light, great car, great setup, and it's exactly what we needed to do this weekend.
 
"When you put together a final round where there's one Ford, one Dodge, one Toyota, one Chevy, that why we do it. It's the only reason we come out here to win for all our Ford fans all around the world. That’s going to go down as one of the best final rounds in Funny Car history. We've got a team that can compete for the championship and I promise you we will."

No. 1 qualifier Prock, who is also now the points leader, finished as the runner-up in his third trip to the finals this season, while Capps was third. Hagan, who posted the quickest run of the weekend in the category with a 3.895 at 328.54, was fourth

In Top Fuel, Doug Kalitta was dominant on Sunday en route to his career four-wide win, going 3.715 at 333.58 in his 11,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster to roll past Tony Stewart, Justin Ashley and Steve Torrence. Kalitta put together the quickest run in each of the three rounds, following up his No. 1 qualifier with a trio of spectacular runs on Sunday. It gives Kalitta 53 career victories and plenty of early-season momentum following his first championship. He picked up wins in each of the first two quads to advance to the loaded final round and, staying in the first lane all day, put together another great run to pick up another milestone first in his impressive career.

"That was a hell of a run and I was really happy to see that win light come on,” Kalitta said. “Obviously, those other three teams are all hungry and all running pretty strong. It was a super close race for all our cars and the fans got their money's worth, and we came out with a win. 
 
"Getting the first four-wide was really special for me, because I've been really hungry to try to pull one of these off. My guys really had my car running strong. We qualified low and I think we have low [ET] of each of the sessions and it would have been a great shame to miss this opportunity."

Ashley finished as the runner-up with his run of 3.745 at 333.82, Torrence took third and Stewart was fourth in his first career final round. Ashley also moved into the points lead in the category.

Prock gets first Funny Car win; Langdon, Anderson also rise in Phoenix finals

Austin Prock powered to his first Funny Car win on Sunday at the 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) each won at the third of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series.

Austin Prock powered to his first career Funny Car win on Sunday at Firebird Motorsports Park for John Force Racing, driving past Alexis DeJoria in the final round in front of a sellout crowd at the 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
 
Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) each won the third of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Sunday also marked the second straight sellout crowd this weekend.

Greg Anderson, HendrickCars.com confirm multi-year extension of partnership

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With the 2024 season of of the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series set to soon begin, five-time world champion Greg Anderson and his KB Titan Racing team have announced a multi-year extension of what has already been a very productive partnership with Charlotte-based HendrickCars.com and Hendrick Automotive Group.

Anderson and Hendrick Automotive Group initially joined forces for a handful of races to close out the 2021 season of NHRA drag racing. By the end of the year, Anderson had wheeled the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro into the history books as the most winning driver in Pro Stock. Anderson and the rocket-like HendrickCars.com entry had shown that they were a killer combo, and the fireworks came to a crescendo as they secured a hard-fought championship trophy to bring home to motorsports legend Rick Hendrick and his team. 

Two successful seasons followed, each of which included multiple victories and a true challenge for the series title.

"It's just a tremendous source of pride to drive the HendrickCars.com Chevrolet," said Anderson, now a 103-time winner in the demanding, ultra-competitive Pro Stock class. "There is nothing cooler than getting to race this hot rod and knowing that Mr. Hendrick and his team are cheering for us. I think it gives us a little more motivation, a little extra confidence to have someone like Rick Hendrick believing in us, having faith in what we can do, and sharing a vision for what we can do together. It's about more than racing to me – this is a partnership that is near and dear to my heart."

The classic red, white, and blue HendrickCars.com design on Anderson's KB Titan Racing Camaro pays homage to Hendrick's late son, Ricky Hendrick, who campaigned a similar scheme when he competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series in 2001 and 2002. Anderson has relished the opportunity to honor the design; in addition to earning his record-breaking 97th win in Dallas in 2021, Anderson achieved a major milestone in 2022 when he scored his 100th win at the prestigious U.S. Nationals.

"I'm so happy with what we've been able to accomplish so far, and to continue our partnership in this new season and beyond is just a dream come true for me," said Anderson, who will start the season with the No. 2 on his window. "We already have one championship together, and I'm looking forward to bringing another one home to Hendrick Automotive Group. That is absolutely our goal." 

In piloting the Hendrick Automotive Group entry in the Mission Foods Series, Anderson is spotlighting HendrickCars.com, the online home for everything Hendrick Automotive Group. Visitors can shop nearly 25,000 new and pre-owned vehicles, locate centers for service and collision repair, receive value to trade or sell their vehicle, chat online with customer service, discover career opportunities, learn more about vehicle protection programs, and explore how the company gives back to the community. 

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Gerda Joon named crew chief for Travis Shumake Top Fuel team

Gerda Joon has been named as the crew chief for second-generation nitro racer Travis Shumake’s Top Fuel dragster. Joon will have the distinction of being the only active female crew chief in the Top Fuel category. 

The son of late NHRA Funny Car champion and Arizona Drag Racing Hall Of Fame members Tripp and Susie Shumake, Travis will make his NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series Top Fuel debut at the NHRA Arizona Nationals April 5-7 at Firebird Motorsports Park. An Arizona native, he'll be announcing a standout group of sponsors and multiple appearances in his hometown leading up to the race.

Joon brings almost 20 years of drag racing experience to the Shumake Racing team. Previously, she served as an integral crewmember for her husband, Lex, in Europe and the U.S. In 2019, after receiving guidance from renowned crew chiefs, including Rob Flynn and Lance Larsen, Joon became the crew chief on her husband’s Top Fuel Dragster. 

“I bet you didn’t see this one coming,” Shumake laughed. “When Rob Flynn made the suggestion last fall, I was immediately intrigued. I’m a stone-cold weirdo, and adding Gerda and Lex to the pack makes sense on so many levels. Gerda and Lex know how to run on a tight budget. Running under the Scrapper’s umbrella, we built this car to mirror Mike and Jasmine’s but on a drastically different budget. Gerda and Lex remind me daily that my champagne taste doesn't fit in our beer budget.” 

A Netherlands native, Joon moved to the U.S. with her husband after experiencing great success in Europe competing in the FIA Top Fuel class. Since then, Gerda has quickly begun blazing trails and making a name for herself in the male-dominated Top Fuel pits. Her husband will serve as car chief and driving mentor for Shumake. 

“Travis' enthusiasm is infectious," said Joon. "He is one of the best new characters in our sport. With Lex running the crew and Scrappers sharing data and resources, our on-track performance should put Travis in the hunt for this year's [NHRA] Rookie of the Year." 

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