Romine records first win of â€˜98 season at IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals LEICESTER, NY -- (July 12, 1998) It wasnâ€™t the way he wanted to earn his first victory of the 1998 season, but a win is a win for Paul Romine. His CARQUEST Top Fuel...
Romine records first win of ‘98 season at IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals
LEICESTER, NY -- (July 12, 1998) It wasn’t the way he wanted to earn his first victory of the 1998 season, but a win is a win for Paul Romine. His CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster team took home the Top Fuel trophy from the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals at New York International Raceway near Rochester, NY.
In a scheduled final round race with IHRA Snap-on Drag Racing points leader Tommy Johnson, Jr., Romine -- the defending IHRA Top Fuel World Champion -- singled for the win after Johnson, Jr. was unable to make the call due to engine damage suffered in his semi-final win against top qualifier David Bieneman.
The win by Romine was his fifth career IHRA national event victory and seventh final round appearance in the last eight IHRA Top Fuel national events.
Romine’s victory closest the gap between himself and Johnson, Jr. to 310 points with the next IHRA national event, the CARQUEST Northern Nationals, July 31 - Aug. 2, at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Stanton, Mich.
CARQUEST Empire Nationals, New York International Raceway, Leicester, NY Paul Romine summary Round One (W) ROMINE Indianapolis .557 4.910/285.05 Bruce Litton Indianapolis .470 5.251/273.39 Semi-Finals (W) ROMINE Indianapolis .522 4.998/282.90 Doug Herbert Cherryville, NC .487 5.068/290.63 Final (W) ROMINE Indianapolis .961 5.009/284.03 Tommy Johnson Ottumwa, IA broke
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