There's no turningback ...Thursday, July 19, 2012
Posted by: Bob Tasca III, Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford

You know that feeling you have when you’re at the top of a roller coaster looking down at the biggest drop of the ride?

We’re at that point of the season, when there’s no turning back and no getting out. It’s time for the Western Swing.

This is about the time when earning points becomes critical. We talk about points all year because every one really is important in the NHRA Full Throttle Series, especially in a category as competitive as Funny Car. You want to qualify and win as much as the next driver and if you’re not having any luck on Sunday, at least not get too far behind. You want to be within striking distance by the time the Countdown to the Championship playoffs come around.

We’re sixth in points right now, up two spots thanks to a semifinal finish in Norwalk. We ran with our “Our Everyday Heroes” JDRF paint scheme there and I think it brought us good luck. Unfortunately we had to race our Shelby teammate in the semis, which we always hate to do. That’s a no-win for us.

An 11-year-old with type 1 diabetes designed our car and wouldn’t you know it, she’s a drag racer! She’s a good one, too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in the pros one day. Remember the name – Libby Ledford. It was great to meet Libby, her family and friends. Great people!

Libby even left the track with a Wally. The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team won “Best Appearing Crew” for our uniforms made from Libby’s design.

After the race my family and I went to Cedar Point for an event my best friend Tony Pedregon puts on with his team. Cedar Point is a huge amusement park not far from Norwalk that has a ride called the “Top Thrill Dragster.” I love roller coasters and this is a great one. We signed some autographs and had fun on the rides.

Now it’s time for the Western Swing, which means we’re at the midpoint of our year and nearing the end of the regular season. Five races are left before playoffs begin.

My family and I begin our annual vacation this week. Every year we drive the Western Swing in our motor home. With four boys and three in sports, the schedule during the school year is pretty hectic. It’s important to my wife Terri and me to spend as much time as we can together with the boys and this is a great time to do it. We have a few favorite spots to see along the way but we always see a few new things, too.