Indianapolis Top Fuel Qualifying Paul Romine Story

Paul Romine qualified in Top Fuel for now INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 1998) -- It wasn't his fastest pass ever, but hometown favorite Paul Romine and his CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster are currently qualified for the 44th annual NHRA U.S.

Paul Romine qualified in Top Fuel for now

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 1998) -- It wasn't his fastest pass ever, but hometown favorite Paul Romine and his CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster are currently qualified for the 44th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Romine recorded a 4.791 at 292 MPH to qualify him 12th.

"It had a hole out at the hit of the throttle and that probably helped us get off the line without smoking the tires," Romine said. "Near mid track it picked up that cylinder and finally this weekend I got to throw the chutes at the end of the track. I'm not sure if the .79 will hold, but at least Clayton and the guys now have a baseline to work with tomorrow."

Romine and his Clayton Harris-led CARQUEST team will get two additional qualification attempts Sunday with hopes of improving and staying in the field for Monday's eliminations of the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Quick Facts about Paul Romine: *He is the 1997 IHRA Top Fuel World Champion *He is the current IHRA Top Fuel points leader *Career-bests 4.66 (Rockingham '98) 304.00 (3/98 testing at Gainesville) *This is his second appearance competing at the U.S. Nationals *Last year he qualified 9th at the U.S. Nationals (4.700) and lost in round one. *Romine has qualified in the two quickest Top Fuel fields in history (Indy '97, Chicago '98) *Romine was the runner-up earlier this season at the NHRA Winston Invitational * Romine is 4-3 (.571) in final eliminations at NHRA events

-Aerolite Racing-

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