DENVER, CO (July 12, 1999) - One of the most challenging races of the entire 1999 season awaits Paul Romine and his CARQUEST Top Fuel team, July 16-18th, when they travel to Denver to compete at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere ...
DENVER, CO (July 12, 1999) - One of the most challenging races of the entire 1999 season awaits Paul Romine and his CARQUEST Top Fuel team, July 16-18th, when they travel to Denver to compete at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Mopar Mile-High Nationals is every Top Fuel tuners nightmare as the lack of oxygen and the reduction of down-force due to the thin air generally leads to reductions in performance. The track record is a 4.703, set by the late Blaine Johnson in 1996 during ideal atmosphere conditions, but at the 1998 edition of the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, low e.t. was established by Joe Amato at 4.852-seconds.
"Denver is a tough place to race," said Romine, a two-time IHRA Champion. "We'll be spinning the supercharger as fast as we can and we'll increase the nitro percentage to make up for the lack of oxygen."
Romine, 51 of Indianapolis, has never competed at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, but his crew chief Clayton Harris has plenty of experience at the Denver racing facility.
"Clayton knows what it takes to be competitive at Bandimere," Romine said. "He has race there plenty of times and he also lived in Denver for a few years so I'm confident going into the event that we can compete with the best of them."
The CARQUEST team enters the event after a two event NHRA hiatus. Their last NHRA Winston Drag Racing event was the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, Ohio where Romine reached the semifinals for the first time this season in NHRA competition.
"We are not able to make every NHRA event so when we do attend, we take pride in upsetting a few of the regulars," said Romine, who is competing in 10 of the 22 NHRA events this season.
Top Fuel qualifying for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals begins Friday, July 16th with sessions at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (MT). Qualifying continues Saturday, July 17th at 12 noon and 4 p.m. Final professional eliminations at set to begin Sunday, July 18th at 11 a.m.
ESPN2 will televise one hour of final round coverage and race highlights July 18th at 7 p.m. (MT). ESPN2 will also show two hours of first round coverage and qualifying highlights on July 18th at 10:30 p.m. (MT).