KENT, WASHINGTON (July 25, 2000) -- Racing two different drag racing sanctioning bodies is almost impossible, but the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel team is one team that does it, competing part-time in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series while...
KENT, WASHINGTON (July 25, 2000) -- Racing two different drag racing sanctioning bodies is almost impossible, but the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel team is one team that does it, competing part-time in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series while racing full-time in the IHRA series.
This week the CARQUEST team leaves its Indianapolis base and travels 1,867 miles to Kent, Washington for the Prolong Super Lubricant Northwest Nationals. Once the Prolong Northwest Nationals are completed, the CARQUEST team will pack up and travel 1,814 back east next week to compete at the IHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Northern Nationals in Stanton, Michigan, before finally making the short trip home, 249 mile back to Indianapolis, a roundtrip total of 3,930 miles over a two-week span.
"Some people will say we're crazy, but we've got a great crew and sponsors, including event sponsor Prolong, who believe in covering all markets with us," Paul Romine said. "It is nearly impossible to run both NHRA and IHRA because of scheduling conflicts and different rules, but our team is proud to be competitive in both series and I'm not sure how many teams could do this, it's definitely a marathon of nitro."
Romine last drove his Clayton Harris-tuned CARQUEST machine in NHRA competition at the NHRA Winston Showdown where he defeated Scotty Cannon in round one before losing in round two. In IHRA competition, two weeks ago in Rochester, NY, Romine earned a runner-up finish at the CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Rochester, NY.
This weekend will be Romine's first visit to Seattle International Raceway and he is excited to see the track for the first time.
"I've never raced at Seattle, but Clayton and many of our crew members have a lot of experience there so I'm excited to compete for our CARQUEST fans in the great northwest, it'll be fun," said Romine.