ROMINE TO MAKE FIRST EVER APPEARANCE AT PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS HEBRON, OHIO (June 8, 1999) -- The CARQUEST Top Fuel team with Paul Romine will make their first ever appearance at National Trails Raceway June 11th -- 13th when they ...
ROMINE TO MAKE FIRST EVER APPEARANCE AT PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS
HEBRON, OHIO (June 8, 1999) -- The CARQUEST Top Fuel team with Paul Romine will make their first ever appearance at National Trails Raceway June 11th -- 13th when they compete in the 35th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals. Formerly know as the Springnationals, the Pontiac Excitement Nationals is one of the oldest and most prestigious events on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing schedule.
"We are looking forward to the Pontiac Excitement Nationals because the event is so close to our Indianapolis base and a lot of our friends will be out to watch us race," said Romine, a two-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion. "This will be our first time at Nationals Trails and we are looking forward to a good first impression with the Columbus race fans."
The Pontiac Excitement Nationals is the fifth eventof a ten race 1999 NHRA schedule for the CARQUEST team. At their most recent NHRA event June 4-6, the FRAM Route 66 Nationals at the Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, Romine just missed making the 16-car field.
"It's always tough to DNQ, but that one hurt because we were knocked out by the last car down the track during qualifying," said Romine, who recorded a 17th best elapsed time of 4.74, missing the field by a mere two-hundredths "We accomplished one goal though at Chicago and that was to get down the track smoke free with every pass. Now we just need to pick up the pace at Columbus."
The CARQUEST team get their first shot at the National Trails' quarter-mile Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., then against Friday evening at 8 p.m. Qualifying will conclude Saturday will the final two qualifying sessions scheduled for 12 noon and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are set to begin Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Pontiac Excitement Nationals will be televised by ABC Sports June 20th at 3 p.m. (EDT).
Before the Pontiac Excitement Nationals, Paul Romine will appear with the CARQUEST show car Thursday, June 10 from 11 a.m. -- 2 p.m. at the P-J CARQUEST Auto Parts store in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. For more information, contact P-J CARQUEST at (614) 866-6325.