Romine Selected by AARWBA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Motorsports November 19, 1997 Romine a candidate for 1997 Auto Racing All-America Team BURBANK, Calif. -- IHRA Snap-on Tools Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine has been nominated to the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Motorsports

November 19, 1997

Romine a candidate for 1997 Auto Racing All-America Team

BURBANK, Calif. -- IHRA Snap-on Tools Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine has been nominated to the ballot that will determine the 1997 Auto Racing All-America Team, as selected by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association.

Romine, driver of the CARQUEST Auto Parts / Prolong Super Lubricants dragster, is one of six candidates in the Drag Racing category. Motorsports journalists across the nation will vote from among six drivers named to the ballot in each of six categories -- Open Wheel, Stock Car, Drag Racing, Road Racing, Short Track and At Large -- to determine the All-America Team. Two drivers from each category will be named to the first team. The balloting will also determine a second team, including drivers placing third and fourth in each category. Honorable mentions will be awarded to all drivers receiving at least five percent of the vote.

Drivers named to the first team will be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif. (Jan. 10, 1998). The team's driver of the year, the Jerry Titus Award winner, will also be announced at the banquet.

Romine had an outstanding season in 1997 while returning to the sport of drag racing after a 15-year absence. He won four IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing Series events and was runner-up in another on the eight-race schedule. His wins included the tradition-rich season-opening Winter Nationals and season-ending Snap-on Finals at Darlington, S.C.; the Autumn Chase Nationals at Bristol, Tenn.; and IHRA's most prestigious event, the World Nationals at Norwalk (Ohio) Raceway Park.

In addition, Romine established a new IHRA elapsed time world record (4.784 seconds, Norwalk, Ohio) with the assistance of fabled drag racing tuner Clayton Harris and a determined CARQUEST / Prolong crew. He also recorded the quickest ET in IHRA history (4.709 seconds, Norwalk, Ohio), elevating IHRA Top Fuel competition to another level.

"I am honored to be included as a candidate for such a prestigious award that has a great history in auto racing," Romine said. "I am also very proud that the Aerolite Racing Team is able to represent the IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing Series on the ballot."

The Snap-on Tools World Championship was a career-first for Romine, who ended four-time IHRA Top Fuel champ Doug Herbert's stronghold on the division.

Romine, 50, owns Dealer Engine Sales, a distributor of remanufactured Ford products. He and wife Barbara have two children, Robin (30) and Abbey (11), and live in Indianapolis.

AARWBA members have annually chosen an All-America team since 1970. Last year's Jerry Titus winner was NHRA Funny Car champion John Force, who along with 1996 winner Jeff Gordon (NASCAR Winston Cup) are the only former Titus winners on the ballot.

In addition to Romine, other drag racing nominees for 1997 include NHRA competitors Force, Whit Bazemore, Cory McClenathan, Gary Scelzi and Jim Yates.

The banquet is open to the public. Ticket information is available from AARWBA, 922 N. Pass Ave., Burbank, CA 91505, or call (818) 842-7005.

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Series Drag
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Cory McClenathan