ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 1, 1999) - A year ago Paul Romine brought his CARQUEST dragster to Rockingham Dragway for the NHRA Winston Invitational. There he recorded his career-best elapsed time (4.660) and earned a runner-up finish to Kenny ...
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (April 1, 1999) - A year ago Paul Romine brought his CARQUEST dragster to Rockingham Dragway for the NHRA Winston Invitational. There he recorded his career-best elapsed time (4.660) and earned a runner-up finish to Kenny Bernstein. Little did he know that a year later he would bring his CARQUEST machine back to Rockingham for an IHRA national event, competing, April 9-11 at the Holley Spring Nationals presented by Castrol GTX.
"When I found out Rockingham had switched to IHRA sanctioning, I couldn't have been more excited," said Romine, the two-time and defending IHRA Top Fuel World Champion. "It has always been a track that I have enjoyed racing at, even back when I ran the Romine Crankshaft car there in the 1970s. It is a great facility and fast, I can't wait to get there."
The Holley Spring Nationals presented by Castrol GTX is the third stop on the 1999 IHRA Snap-on Drag Racing Series trail. The first event, the Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals at Darlington, S.C. was postponed after qualifying because of weather. Two weeks ago Romine earned a semi-final finish at the Amalie Oil IHRA Nationals in Bradenton, Fla. In his semi-final race against Doug Herbert's Snap-on dragster driven by Jim Bailey, Romine had Bailey covered until half-track when the blower belt broke on his CARQUEST machine. On that run, Romine's Clayton Harris-tuned dragster had the quickest first-half progressive time of any fuel car all weekend.
"It was disappointing to lose in the semi-finals," Romine said. "But we did it knowing the car and engine combinations were right and it would have been a good run if that belt had not come off."
Top Fuel qualifying for the Holley Spring Nationals begins Friday, April 9 with the Castrol Friday Night of Fire scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (EDT). Qualifying concludes Saturday, April 10 with sessions scheduled at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are set to begin Sunday, April 11 at 12 noon.
ESPN2 will televise one hour of tape delayed coverage, Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m. The program will replay Tuesday, June 15 at 4 a.m.
Paul Romine and the CARQUEST show car will make two personal appearances before the Holley Spring Nationals. They will appear Wednesday, April 7 at the CARQUEST of Fayetteville, N.C. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then again, Thursday, April 8 at the CARQUEST of Sanford, N.C. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coverage of the event can be obtained on the World Wide Web at the IHRA web site (WWW.IHRA.COM). For more information about Paul Romine and CARQUEST Racing, please visit the CARQUEST Racing homepage (WWW.CARQUEST.COM/MOTORSPORTS.HTM) CARQUEST Corporation began almost 25 years ago with 100 auto parts stores. Today there are over 3,800 CARQUEST Auto Parts stores across North America. CARQUEST supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment. CARQUEST is committed to providing auto parts and services of the highest quality and greatest value to help people repair their cars. CARQUEST is a Gold Sponsor of the Special Olympics World Games to be held in North Carolina June 26 through July 4, 1999. For the location of the CARQUEST Auto Parts store nearest you call 1-800-492-PART or visit WWW.CARQUEST.COM CARQUEST is the Official Auto Parts of IHRA Motorsports. CARQUEST is a registered trademark of CARQUEST Corporation and should always be presented in all upper-case letters.