Rockingham Paul Romine Final Qualifyin

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - (April 8, 1999) Two-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine has already accomplished one goal at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals. He has closed the gap between himself and Snap-on Drag Racing points leader Jim ...

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - (April 8, 1999) Two-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine has already accomplished one goal at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals. He has closed the gap between himself and Snap-on Drag Racing points leader Jim Bailey.

While the CARQUEST dragster knocked down the top qualifying time Friday evening with a 4.747/295.85, points leader Jim Bailey failed to qualify for the event.

"Although the season has just started, it's never too early to begin counting points," said Romine about the 10-race 1999 IHRA Snap-on Drag Racing season. "Bailey's failure to qualify gives us an opportunity to make up some ground on him, but he's just one of a handful of drivers in the points chase, now we have to do our work on Sunday."

In the opening round of final eliminations, set for Sunday at 12 noon, Romine will race Jack Ostrander(#8 5.065/284.90). Two weeks ago, Romine defeated Ostrander in the opening round of eliminations at the Amalie Oil IHRA Nationals in Bradenton, Fla. Romine is 4-0 lifetime against Ostrander in final eliminations.

HOLLEY SPRING NATIONALS TOP FUEL FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER 1 1 Paul Romine, Indianapolis IN, McKinney-TFX 4.747 295.85 2 5 Don Lampus, Garland TX, McKinney-TFX 4.764 265.64 3 316 Danny Dunn, Lenoir NC, Hadman-KB 4.804 299.40 4 390 Shirley Muldowney, Armada MI, Swindahl-TFX 4.831 268.73 5 345 Bruce Litton, Indianapolis IN, Agan-TFX 4.867 287.44 6 271 Steve Smith, Princeton NC, McKinney-TFX 4.898 300.90 7 394 Luigi Novelli, Crete IL, McKinney-TFX 4.904 248.34 8 300 Jack Ostrander, Waterford MI, Swindahl-TFX 5.065 284.90 9 111 Jim Bailey, Mantua OH, McKinley-KB 5.083 297.61 10 444 Fred Farndon, Columbus OH, Swindahl-KB 5.476 269.62 11 141 Bobby Lagana Jr, Scarsdale NY, Coburn-KB 5.647 208.18

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.

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Series Drag
Drivers Paul Romine , Shirley Muldowney , Bruce Litton , Steve Smith , Luigi Novelli , Don Lampus