Bits from the Pits presented by
Tasca team goes to Hollywood to meet Leno, Idols
CDelco NHRA Gatornationals of custom cars, and Tasca presented the
Funny Car champ Bob Tasca III renowned gearhead with a special helmet.
and crew chief Chris Cunningham “It was pretty cool because he knew who
wanted to do something special for their we were. He loves drag racing, and he’s
wives for Valentine’s Day, and with the friends with John Force and Ashley Force
help of sponsors Ford and Motorcraft, Hood,” said Tasca.
they planned a “March Meet” of their The next day, the group went
own: flying their ladies to California for backstage at American Idol, where
a visit to the sets of The Tonight Show Tasca had the then 13 finalists
with Jay Leno and American Idol. autograph one of his Motorcraft/Quick
The Tascas and Cunninghams met Lane team shirts to display at his new
Leno and toured his world-famous garage shop in Charlotte.
Member track news: design of the Neon and Stratus Pro Brandon Thompson in the final round. field at the recent NHRA Hot Rod
Contractors have begun removing old Stock cars and the Dakota Pro Stock Sunday’s events were halted in the late Heritage Racing Series event in
asphalt on the dragstrip and are Truck. He currently operates Aerospeed rounds due to curfew issues. Bakersfield, Calif. Halstead ran a 6.09
preparing to install a 660-foot concrete Solutions, an automotive, aerodynamic, to take the ninth spot in the field. A
launch pad at Washington’s and motorsports engineering firm Public auction: Crane recent National DRAGSTER article
Spokane County Raceway. located in Clarkston, Mich. Cams has retained LiquiTec, an had incorrect information.
The track’s initial plans called for 330 industrial auction firm, to conduct a
feet of concrete, but track officials Returning: High school students public auction of the company’s assets Farewell: NHRA Division 3
decided to extend the pad for the and Bay Area law-enforcement officers April 22. LiquiTec is also working to photographer Bob Hesser died
benefit of the racers. Also on the will again square off on Infineon sell the assets before the auction date. April 7 after a short illness. He was
horizon is the installation of concrete Raceway’s dragstrip this season Crane, manufacturer of high- 46. Hesser, who began shooting for
walls down both sides of the track. “We through the popular Top the Cops performance valvetrain and ignition the North Central Division in 2002,
want to let all racers know that we are program, which is entering its 15th components, closed its doors in late was well-known and universally liked
dedicated to building a first-class season offering an alternative to illegal February and is winding up its by not only the racers and track
facility in the Northwest and that we street racing and giving teens a chance business and affairs operators in his
are laying down a concrete launch pad to race against officers, who compete after 56 years. Crane division but also by
that will extend to the eighth-mile,” said in full uniform and in their official has no agreement to sell racers everywhere who
track operator Jay Livingston. vehicles. The program also provides a its assets to Scorpion enjoyed his easygoing
unique environment for officers to chat Performance nor has it demeanor and
New wheels: Maple Grove with teens about safe driving and the received any offer of any marveled at his great
Raceway has named Eisenhauer rules of the road. Top the Cops is run kind from Scorpion. photographic skills.
Nissan in Wernersville, Pa., as its in conjunction with Wednesday Night Moreover, Crane has no Hesser’s photographs
official vehicle sponsor. Eisenhauer Drags events April 1 through Aug. 26. reason to believe that accompanied National
Nissan will supply the track with cars Eleven law-enforcement agencies will any transaction will DRAGSTER coverage
and trucks for the next three years. participate in the program: the occur with Scorpion. of the NHRA Lucas Oil
Maple Grove Raceway’s Emer