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ROMINE TURNS TO FELLOW INDIANAPOLIS RESIDENT FOR NEW TOP FUEL CHASSIS INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 1999) - Two weeks ago at the NHRA Colonel's Northstar Nationals in Brainerd, MN, Paul Romine introduced a new CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster. Unique from...

ROMINE TURNS TO FELLOW INDIANAPOLIS RESIDENT FOR NEW TOP FUEL CHASSIS

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 1999) - Two weeks ago at the NHRA Colonel's Northstar Nationals in Brainerd, MN, Paul Romine introduced a new CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster. Unique from the conventional Murf McKinney or Brad Hadman-built chassis, Romine teamed with fellow Indianapolis native Mike Spitzer to build a new CARQUEST-sponsored dragster.

"I have always been told that new pipe is always better and now I swear by that," said Romine, 51, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and 2-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion. "The '98 McKinney car was a good piece, but this Spitzer chassis is slick, I've ran 300 mph more the past two weeks that I have in my entire career. I think we're just scratching the surface with this car."

Mike Spitzer, who's shop is located on the east side of Indianapolis in Greenfield, Ind., is notorious for building state-of-the-art sportsman chassis, and is known for building Keith Stark's record setting Federal-Mogul Dragster, but the car he build for Romine is his first ever new generation Top Fuel car.

"Mike is on to something with this car," Romine said. "Clayton (Harris, Romine's crew chief) and him sat down and put this car together and it's a slick piece."

At the Colonel's Northstar Nationals, Romine ran his fourth career 4.6-elapsed time to qualify for the field and he ran his second best speed ever at 306 mph. Last weekend at an IHRA race in northern Ohio, Romine ran a career-best speed at 310 at an ET of 4.70-seconds.

"Clayton is getting a real handle with this new car and I'm looking forward to competing at Indy," said Romine about this weekend's NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. "It's the toughest field of the year to crack and just qualifying is an honor, but I would like nothing more than to go some rounds and I think this new car can help us do that."

Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA U.S. Nationals begins Friday, Sept. 3rd with the opening session scheduled at 7 p.m. Four additional session are schedule for Saturday, Sept. 4th and Sunday, Sept. 5th. Final eliminations begin Monday, Sept. 6th at 11 a.m.

The Nashville Network (TNN) will televise two hours of first-round coverage beginning at noon ET Sept. 6, followed by two hours of final-round coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. A 90-minute show covering the Big Bud Shootout and Holley Dominator Duel eliminations will be televised beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET Sept. 5.

CARQUEST Corporation began 26 years ago with 100 auto parts stores. Today there are almost 4000 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.

For the location of the CARQUEST Auto Parts store nearest you call 1-800-492-PART or visit WWW.CARQUEST.COM. More information concerning Paul Romine can be obtained at WWW.CARQUEST.COM/PAULROMINE.HTM .

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