Memphis Paul Romine Preview

MEMPHIS LAST NHRA STOP FOR ROMINE IN 1998 INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 5, 1998) -- The NHRA Pennzoil Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, Oct. 9-11, will be Paul Romine's final NHRA Winston Drag Racing appearance this season and he wants to finish on...

MEMPHIS LAST NHRA STOP FOR ROMINE IN 1998

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 5, 1998) -- The NHRA Pennzoil Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, Oct. 9-11, will be Paul Romine's final NHRA Winston Drag Racing appearance this season and he wants to finish on a positive note.

At the last NHRA event the CARQUEST dragster appeared, the NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals in Reading, Pa., Romine did not qualify, missing the field by one position with a best 4.78 ET.

"Reading was a disappointment for the team, but we came away with some positive results," Romine said. "At Epping (the IHRA event the week prior to NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals) and the few races prior to that, we've had some problems smoking the tires and I think we found some solutions at Reading. Unfortunantly we got a run behind and on the last qualifying attempt, we didn't have the balance of the car correct and it did a wheel stand."

This weekend's race in Memphis will be Romine's ninth and final NHRA event this season. The CARQUEST team has had a successful year competing part-time on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing trail. In nine appearances, Romine and the CARQUEST team have earned two semi-final finishes (Pennzoil Nationals in Richmond, Va. and Fram Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill.) and a runner-up (Winston Invitational in Rockingham, NC).

To prepare for the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals, Romine and the CARQUEST team chose to test last weekend at the new Red River Raceway near Shreveport, La.

"We still have a chance to win the IHRA championship so we wanted to get a first hand look at the Shreveport track (host of the final IHRA event)," Romine said. "Also Clayton (Harris, the CARQUEST crew chief) wanted to test a few things before Memphis because we want to show we can be a player in NHRA competition."

Pro qualifying for the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals begins, Friday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (CDT). Qualifying concludes, Saturday, Oct. 10 with sessions at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. ESPN2 will televise two hours of same day final round coverage Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Results from the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals can be obtained on the World Wide Web at WWW.NHRAONLINE.COM. CARQUEST press releases will be posted at WWW.CARQUEST.COM.

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