FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164 September 13, 1997 Romine has record-setting day at World Nationals CARQUEST Top Fuel driver scores third IHRA win of '97 ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164
September 13, 1997
Romine has record-setting day at World Nationals CARQUEST Top Fuel driver scores third IHRA win of '97
NORWALK, Ohio -- Paul Romine scored his second consecutive Top Fuel victory and made a major stride toward capturing his first IHRA Snap-on Tools World Championship Saturday at the conclusion of the rain-delayed Prolong Super Lubricants - Ohio Lottery World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs. The race, run at the renowned Norwalk Raceway Park, is the seventh of nine national events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. Romine, of Indianapolis, capped off a record-setting day in his CARQUEST-sponsored Top Fuel dragster by topping Bruce Litton in the final. Romine covered NRP's quarter-mile in 4.994 seconds at 277.09 miles per hour. Litton, who posted two four-second passes in the first two rounds, slowed dramatically in the final in his Moser Engineering dragster. "We had to back the car down for that final because while we want to set records out here, we also want to win the championship," Romine said. "Bruce is one of the strongest and most consistent racers in this division and we were taking him seriously in that drag race. It's great to win here at Norwalk, an excellent facility that has so much tradition." Romine said the changing track conditions brought on the conservative tune-up for the final round. "From our first pass this morning until the last pass tonight, the track really developed an entirely different personality," Romine said. "Clayton (Harris, crew chief) and the crew really did a great job setting the car up for each pass, which were all in very different atmospheric conditions. They made the right adjustments and I did all I could do keep the car moving on down the track." The win was the third for Romine in four final rounds this season. Romine's 4.784 elapsed time in a semi-final win over Shirley Muldowney stood as a new IHRA World Record. His 4.709-second ET in his first round win over Jack Ostrander became the quickest Top Fuel pass in IHRA history. With the first round exit of second place points contender Doug Herbert and semi-final loss of third place points holder Muldowney, Romine takes a substantial lead into the season-ending Snap-on Finals, Sept. 25-28 at Darlington (S.C.) International Dragway. Even with the points lead Romine is not taking the trip to Darlington lightly. "We've moved out a little in points, but racing Herbert and Shirley all year has been real tough," he said. "Traditionally, Doug has performed well at Darlington and Shirley has been good there too. We're going to approach that race like every other one this season -- we're going there to win." Richie Stevens, Tommy Mauney and Scott Weis regained Snap-on Tools points leads in their respective categories with World Nationals victories. New Orleans, La.'s Stevens, driving a Roy Hill-owned Ford Thunderbird, ran 6.766, 204.45 to defeat first-time finalist Tom Lee of Kingsport, Tenn. Lee drove his Ford Probe to a 6.783, 205.33 effort. Mauney, of Shelby, N.C., set a new Pro Modified speed world record in his final round win over Gilbert, S.C.'s Ed Hoover. Mauney, driving the Red Line Oil-sponsored 1963 Corvette, ran 6.467, 219.61. Hoover's similar nostalgia-bodied Corvette went 6.511, 214.89. In Alcohol Funny Car, Ashland, Va.'s Scott Weis used a holeshot to defeat top qualifier Jim Sickles in one of the closest drag races of the day. Weis' Sherwin-Williams-sponsored Ford Mustang covered the distance in 5.988, 227.27, while Sickles' Pontiac Firebird ran a quicker, but losing, 5.970, 230.23. World Nationals Professional Category Results NORWALK, Ohio -- Professional category elimination results Saturday for the rain-delayed Prolong Super Lubricants-Ohio Lottery World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs. The race is the seventh of nine national events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. TOP FUEL First Round: Shirley Muldowney, Armada, Mich., 5.024, 298.90 def. Luigi Novelli, Crete, Ill., 5.243, 215.15; Paul Romine, Indianapolis, 4.709, 303.54 def. Jack Ostrander, Waterford, Mich., 10.705, 81.19; Bruce Litton, Indianapolis 4.953, 289.66 def. Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C., 7.467, 110.61; Dave Bieneman, Royal Oak, Mich., 4.928, 296.44 def. Wayne Bailey, Leonard, Mich., 5.110, 272.97. Semi-finals: Romine 4.784, 303.43 def. Muldowney 9.288, 89.39; Litton 4.952, 296.83 def. Bieneman 5.424, 192.18. Final: Romine 4.994, 277.09 def. Litton 11.008, 56.25. PRO STOCK First Round: Floyd Cheek, Chattanooga, Tenn., 6.765, 206.09 def. Ron Miller, Lebanon, Ohio, 6.853, 202.93; Angelo Alesci, Cleveland, 6.745, 204.77 def. Jerry Yeoman, Galena, Kan., 6.775, 203.52; Chris Holbrook, Redford, Mich., 6.825, 203.29 def. Doug Kirk, Lenore, W.Va., 7.787, 133.61; Tom Lee, Kingsport, Tenn., 6.787, 204.82 def. Tim Nabors, Lawrenceville, Ga., 6.843, 202.56; Richie Stevens, New Orleans, La., 6.783, 204.03 def. John Montecalvo Jr., Center Moriches, N.Y., 6.801, 203.71; Pete Berner, Crete, Ill., 6.824, 203.20 def. Billy Huff, Louisville, Ky., 6.790, 203.43; David Jenkins, London, Ohio, 6.796, 202.56 def. Ed Machacek, Atkins, Iowa, 6.794, 203.75; Tony Gillig, Lake Zurich, Ill., 6.759, 204.22 def. Jon Yoak, Ellenboro, W.Va., 7.897, 126.58. Quarter-finals: Cheek 6.759, 206.18 def. Alesci, foul; Lee 6.793, 205.01 def. Holbrook 6.789, 203.61; Stevens 6.731, 204.54 def. Berner 6.762, 203.85; Gillig 6.775, 203.57 def. Jenkins 6.809, 203.61. Semi-finals: Lee 7.530, 137.27 def. Cheek, foul; Stevens 6.756, 204.40 def. Gillig 6.727, 203.98. Final: Stevens 6.766, 204.45 def. Lee 6.783, 205.33. PRO MODIFIED First Round: Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 6.738, 206.42 def. Dan Bandish, Melbourne, Fla., foul; Mike Castellana, Westbury, N.Y., 6.523, 216.86 def. Ted Smith, Smithfield, Pa., broke; Ed Hoover, Gilbert, S.C., 6.518, 214.79 def. Todd Tutterow, Lewisville, N.C., 6.586, 202.56; Steve Vick, Mocksville, N.C., 6.534, 210.03 def. Harold Martin, Southfield, Mich., 6.559, 214.18; Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 6.567, 210.52 def. Tommy Gray Jr., Baltimore, Md., 6.597, 210.82; Quain Stott, Inman, S.C., 6.518, 214.54 def. John Bartunek, Pearl River, N.Y., 6.609, 208.28; Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., 6.555, 215.36 def. Wally Stroupe, Kings Mountain, N.C., 8.655, 108.84; Mike Janis, Lancaster, N.Y., 6.837, 201.07 def. Chris Hunt, Killen, Ala., 6.607, 210.13. Quarter-finals: Jenkins 6.533, 211.26 def. Castellana 6.755, 213.82; Hoover 6.509, 215.41 def. Vick 6.524, 211.56; Stott 6.527, 214.79 def. Smith 6.570, 211.41; Mauney 6.523, 215.20 def. Hunt 9.210, 99.26. Semi-finals: Hoover 6.577, 214.03 def. Jenkins 6.577, 207.18; Mauney 6.480, 219.13 def. Stott 6.494, 215.31. Final: Mauney 6.467, 219.61 def. Hoover 6.511, 214.89. ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR First Round: Jim Sickles, Caledonia, N.Y., 5.966, 232.67 def. Mike Preslar, Salisbury, N.C., 6.365, 214.95; John Rose, Jr., Reading, Pa., 6.241, 228.48 def. Gerry Thalacker, Lake Wylie, S.C., 6.225, 227.73; Mark Poyser, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 6.299, 218.44 def. Mick Steele, Loganville, Ga., 7.964, 109.05; Jimmy Rector, Vernon, Ala., 6.061, 231.66 def. Paul Noakes, Ontario, Canada, 6.297, 229.76; Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 5.980, 237.09 def. Barry Faxon, Cincinnati, 16.247, 30.85; Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, 6.115, 229.65 def. Paul Zgoda, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6.212, 227.67; Mark Thomas, Louisville, Ohio, broke def. Butch Kernodle, Virginia Beach, Va., foul; Scott Weis, Ashland, Va., 6.045, 229.18 def. Larry Dobbs, Ontario, Canada, 6.216, 224.88. Quarter-finals: Sickles 5.947, 233.10 def. Rose 6.227, 227.04; Rector 6.178, 229.70 def. Poyser 6.346, 219.83; Smith 5.998, 236.22 def. Bogolo 6.429, 215.56; Weis 6.074, 221.56 def. Thomas 9.501, 91.53. Semi-finals: Sickles 5.908, 233.52 def. Rector 6.064, 223.71; Weis 5.997, 229.70 def. Smith 5.948, 236.40. Final: Weis 5.988, 227.27 def. Sickles 5.970, 230.23.