Romine qualifies at Indy, will face Larry Dixon in round 1 INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 1998) -- For third time in a year span, Paul Romine and the CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster have qualified in the quickest Top Fuel field in NHRA history. Romine,...
Romine qualifies at Indy, will face Larry Dixon in round 1
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 1998) -- For third time in a year span, Paul Romine and the CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster have qualified in the quickest Top Fuel field in NHRA history.
Romine, a resident of Indianapolis, recorded a 4.737 /301.81 on his last qualifying attempt, then road the bubble until no cars bettered his time.
“Only at Indy can a driver run a .73, be happy, then ride an emotional roller coaster waiting to see if it will hold,” Romine said. “Thank god it stood, I can’t say enough about Clayton and the guys. It’s been a tricky track out there this weekend and in that last qualifying session, it came around enough for us to get in the show. We may be 16th, but we’re proud just to be racing on Monday.”
In the opening round of eliminations, Romine will face top qualifier Larry Dixon, who in his last qualifying attempt, recorded a blistering track record time of 4.54-seconds.
This season Romine is 1-0 against Dixon, defeating him earlier this season in the first round at the NHRA Fram Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill.. Dixon defeated Romine last season at the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals in Richmond, Va.
Quick Facts about Paul Romine: *His 300 MPH run in qualifying is his first 300 since March ‘98 (Gainesville) *He is the 1997 IHRA Top Fuel World Champion *He is the current IHRA Top Fuel points leader *Career-bests 4.66 (Rockingham ‘98) 304.00 (3/98 testing at Gainesville) *This is his second appearance competing at the U.S. Nationals *Last year he qualified 9th at the U.S. Nationals (4.700) and lost in round one. *Romine has qualified in the 3 quickest Top Fuel fields in history (Indy ‘97, ‘98, Chicago ‘98) *Romine was the runner-up earlier this season at the NHRA Winston Invitational * Romine is 4-3 (.571) in final eliminations at NHRA events