CORDOVA, IL (June 8, 2001) -- Paul Romine has won at just about every venue on the IHRA Summit Drag Racing circuit in his five years of racing the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster. One place he hasn't been victorious is Cordova Dragway Park...
CORDOVA, IL (June 8, 2001) -- Paul Romine has won at just about every venue on the IHRA Summit Drag Racing circuit in his five years of racing the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster. One place he hasn't been victorious is Cordova Dragway Park near Cordova, IL. He will be looking to change that June 14-16th as he goes for his first national event title at the 22nd annual Amalie Oil Summer Nationals.
The CARQUEST team has been close in the past to winning the race, but has never taken home the trophy at the historic track along the Mississippi River.
"I have to admit, Cordova isn’t my favorite track because I’ve never won there," Romine said. "There always seems to be a gremlin that gets us there, but I really want to change that. Last year Bruce (Litton) got me on the line (winning 4.752/305.98 to 4.747/309.20) and I don’t want that to happen again against anyone."
In 1998, Romine was also in the final of the Summer Nationals, losing to now team owner Doug Herbert, 5.281/240.98 to 4.983/291.76.
The Amalie Oil Summer Nationals is a unique event as it is contested Thursday through Saturday with qualifying and eliminations primarily in the late afternoon and night. Romine knows making adjustments is key to winning the event. After winning the first two IHRA events to start the season, at the last event, the Mopar Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ontario, Romine lost in the semi-finals and also lost the IHRA points lead. He currently trails Bruce Litton by 27 points.
"Cordova is the type of race we need to win because it can be a tricky track to get down with the hot sun during the day, then when the sun sets, everyone gets a totally different track," Romine said. "Whoever makes the correct adjustments usually wins. If we can take home the Summer Nationals title, we can get the points lead back from Bruce and stay ahead in championship chase."
Top Fuel qualifying begins Thursday, June 14th at 7 p.m. CT. Qualifying continues Friday, June 15th at 12 noon, followed by the 'RM Distributing/ACDelco Night of Fire’, featuring final Pro qualifying, Quick 8 Shootouts, plus Bob Motz and his legendary 200 mph Jet Kenworth truck, Ken Nelson's "Cool Bus" Wheel Stander, and the Cannonball Express jet.
Final eliminations begin Saturday, June 16th at 4 p.m. with the final round scheduled at 9:45 p.m.
The Top Fuel track elapsed time and speed records are held by Shirley Muldowney, 4.742-seconds at 319.22 miles-per-hour.