Gainesville Paul Romine report

ROMINE RECORDS CAREER-BEST MPH, QUALIFYING 12TH GAINESVILLE, FLA. (March 19,1999) -- Paul Romine guided the CARQUEST Dragster to a career-best speed, qualifying 12th Friday at the NHRA Gatornationals. In the opening round of qualifying,...

ROMINE RECORDS CAREER-BEST MPH, QUALIFYING 12TH

GAINESVILLE, FLA. (March 19,1999) -- Paul Romine guided the CARQUEST Dragster to a career-best speed, qualifying 12th Friday at the NHRA Gatornationals.

In the opening round of qualifying, Romine stopped the clocks with a 4.697/307.02.

"That was our third career 4.6 and it felt great," said Romine, who's career-best (4.660) came last season at the NHRA Winston Invitational. "In the second session we found our limit, smoking the tires, but Clayton will back it off and we'll be all right tomorrow."

FRIDAY FIRST ROUND NUMBERS

Session 1                                     Session 2
Bests                       Romine        Bests
.832 (D. Kalitta)        .847          .832 (Amato)
2.110 (D. Kalitta)      2.180        2.102 (Vandergriff)
3.068 (Hill)                 3.151        3.028 (Vandergriff)
266.98 (Hill)              259.41       273.55 (Vandergriff)
3.875 (Hill)                3.978         3.830 (Vandergriff)
4.577 (Hill)                4.697           4.541 (Dixon)
315.64 (Dunn)         307.02         318.69(Schumacher)

Nitro qualifying for the Mac Tools Gatornationals continues Saturday at noon and 4 p.m. Final professional eliminations are set for Sunday at 11 a.m. ESPN2 will provide a two hour live final-round broadcast Sunday at 6 p.m. The telecast will repeat Tuesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. ESPN2 will broadcast a one hour event highlight show Monday, April 5 at 12:30 a.m.

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) CARQUEST is a Gold Sponsor of the Special Olympics World Games to be held in North Carolina June 26 through July 4, 1999.

For the location of the CARQUEST Auto Parts store nearest you call 1-800-492-PART or visit WWW.CARQUEST.COM

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