Match Race Between Cobra Jet Mustangs Is All About North and South

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Although it has been playing out at Rockingham Dragway for almost two decades, the Roush Yates Performance Products Civil Wars takes on a more legitimate North-South flavor this week (May 1-3) when the quickest and fastest Cobra Jet Mustang from north of the Mason-Dixon takes on its Southern counterpart in a best-of-three match race for high performance bragging rights.

It’s a new element for the 20th renewal of the Spring Civil Wars which features the Ford Fun Series and crowns champions in the ATI Performance Products Pro Tree Doorslammer class, PTRA Pro Tree eliminator, Soles Auto Service Footbrake, Open Comp, 4.70 Outlaw Top Sportsman, Outlaw True Street and the 5.30, 6.0, 7.0 and 6.0-7.0 Combo Index classes.

The principals in the special Cobra Jet match race are true racing royalty.

For the north, it will be Carl Tasca of Cranston, Rhode Island, son of the late Bob Tasca Sr. who is credited with coining the phrase “win on Sunday; sell on Monday,” and uncle of NHRA Funny Car winner Bob Tasca III. His car, the “Miss Giada” 2010 Ford Cobra Jet Mustang is the quickest and fastest of the breed, having covered the quarter mile in 7.579 seconds at 184.72 miles per hour in NHRA Super Stock trim.

For the south, it will be “Hillbilly” Roy Hill, IHRA Pro Stock tour winner, IHRA Pro Stock championship winner as car owner, proprietor of Rockingham-based Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School and all-around legend whose Cobra Jet has strong credentials of its own.

“Roy can still bring it,” said track owner Steve Earwood, “and Carl Tasca has made it his mission to have the quickest and fastest Cobra Jet since his dad (Bob Sr.) invented the breed. It should be fun.”

The executive vice-president of the Tasca Automotive Group, which owns dealerships throughout New England, Carl had one of the first high performance Mustangs back in 1969. It was a sapphire blue Mach I Mustang and he remembers the first time he mashed the throttle.

“I stomped on the accelerator pedal and I was doing this and doing that and my father suddenly turned to me and said, ‘this is a lethal weapon. Treat it with respect.’”

The lesson was not lost on Carl, the second of three sons of the family patriarch. He is fully aware of the potential for disaster contained in a 1,400 horsepower stock car – and loves it every time he pushes that pedal.

“When Ford decided to re-invent the Cobra Jet in 2008 and built 50 of them, they did so to honor my father,” Tasca said, “and I’m proud to say that as a testimonial to his memory, I have my father’s picture on the car so he’s always with me.”

The event will begin with open testing from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s program includes racing for a $1,500 top prize in the ATI Pro Tree Doorslammer class and for the same amount in the Soles Footbrake class. The PTRA 5.30, 6.00 and 7.00 Index classes will be contested along with Open Comp, trophies will be awarded in a Fords-only car and truck show, $200 will go to the winner of an all-comers wheelstand contest and Danny O’Day will end the day with an exhibition in his Superwinch professional wheelstander.

Sunday’s program will feature PTRA Pro Tree Eliminator, Soles Footbrake for a whopping $2,000 top prize, Open Comp and the Combo Index class.

Admission is $40 for a three-day combo ticket, $35 with the purchase of a Saturday-Sunday ticket or $20 per day. Children under six are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult and parking is free in Rockingham’s main lot.
Professional Racing Team from Dubai Tests at The Rock

Badir Ahli of Dubai, United Arab Emirates tested the NAS Extreme Pro Mod at Rockingham Dragway this week preparing for the next Professional Drag Racing Association event to be held in Shreveport, Louisiana, April 30 through May 2.

“Rockingham is one of the best tracks in the U.S.”, Ahli said when asked why his team chose Rockingham Dragway to test for three days. “We have already equaled our quickest qualifying time in only our third run of testing today. This track is always prepped for our cars”.

Ahli qualified in the eleventh position at the PDRA Spring Nationals held two weeks ago at Rockingham.

“It is a sixteen hour flight from my home, but it is certainly worth it with the knowledge we learn while testing here”.
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Track owner Steve Earwood and Dieffenbach GM Super Store General Manager Jeff Dieffenbach have confirmed that the Rockingham General Motors dealership has renewed its sponsorship of the Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism, which returns to Rockingham Dragway Oct. 9-11.

The sport’s largest all-Chevy event, the Dieffenbach GM Superstore Super Chevy Show will feature bowtie action both on and off the track with a car show, swap meet and Chevrolet product displays along with a full slate of drag races.

The Dieffenbach GM Superstore, located at 1209 E. Broad Avenue in Rockingham, is a one-stop source for everything branded with the Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick logos as well as for service on all makes and models. Dieffenbach technicians are trained and equipped to handle everything from oil changes to tire rotations to brakes, batteries and multi-point vehicle inspections.

“The Dieffenbach GM Superstore is where you can get one of those Camaro 2LT coupes with the 6.2 liter V8,” Earwood said. “That’s one fast hot rod and you can bring it out to The Rock and shake it down whenever you want and maybe even bring it to the big race in the fall. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jeff Dieffenbach and his crew at the dealership”.
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