Phoenix - Romine Qualifying Story

ROMINE QUALIFIES 16TH, WILL FACE JOE AMATO IN ROUND ONE CHANDLER, AZ (Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999) -- Paul Romine and the CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster will race Sunday at the NHRA CSK Nationals at Firebird Int'l Raceway. Romine's 4.738 qualifying...

ROMINE QUALIFIES 16TH, WILL FACE JOE AMATO IN ROUND ONE

CHANDLER, AZ (Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999) -- Paul Romine and the CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster will race Sunday at the NHRA CSK Nationals at Firebird Int'l Raceway.

Romine's 4.738 qualifying time from Friday held for the 16th qualifying spot, garnering him a position in NHRA final eliminations for the first time since the 1998 NHRA U.S. Nationals.

"It's just good to make the field, not matter what qualifying spot," Romine said. "Anything can happen Sunday, but you've got to get there first and I'm glad we made it."

Saturday in qualifying, Romine smoked the tires, then did not improve with a 4.783/300.06 in the final qualifying session.

Saturday Numbers Session 3 Bests Romine .820 (Vandergriff) .840 2.129 (Sarver) smoked tires 3.070 (Dunn) 270.00 (Dunn) 3.855 (Dunn) 4.547 (Dunn) 317.42 (Bernstein)

Session 4 Bests Romine .815 (Vandergriff) .849 2.116 (Dixon) 2.193 3.044 (Dixon) 3.190 269.40 (Amato) 248.80 3.853 (Dixon) 4.042 4.545 (Amato) 4.783 325.30 (Amato) 300.06

In round one of eliminations, set for 11 a.m., the CARQUEST dragster will face Joe Amato (#1, 4.545/325.30). Romine has raced Amato once in final eliminations, defeating him at the 1997 Pennzoil Nationals in Richmond, Va.

TNN will televise 90 minutes of tape-delayed highlights and final round competition from the CSK Nationals March 7 at 12 noon (ET/PT). TNN will replay the show March 14 at 12 midnight.

Coverage of the event can be obtained on the World Wide Web at NHRA Online (WWW.NHRAONLINE.COM). For more information about Paul Romine and CARQUEST Racing, please visit the CARQUEST Racing homepage (WWW.CARQUEST.COM/MOTORSPORTS.HTM)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , Joe Amato