Michigan match race begins busy few weeks for CARQUEST Top Fuel team INDIANAPOLIS (June 15, 1998)-- After three weekends away from the race track, IHRA World Champion Paul Romine and his CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster team are gearing up for a...
Michigan match race begins busy few weeks for CARQUEST Top Fuel team
INDIANAPOLIS (June 15, 1998)-- After three weekends away from the race track, IHRA World Champion Paul Romine and his CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster team are gearing up for a return to the quarter-mile wars. They will travel to Milan Dragway near Detroit, Mich., Saturday, June 27th for a two round match race against home-state favorite, Armada, Mich. native Shirley Muldowney.
The Milan Night of Thrills will be Romine’s first drag race since he earned a semi-final finish May 31st at the NHRA Fram Route 66 Nationals near Chicago.
“We’ve needed a few weekends away from the race track to regroup and refresh,” Romine said. “Beginning with Milan we will be racing three consecutive weekends so a new supply of parts and a freshened up race car, driver and crew will be a must.”
The meeting with Muldowney at the NHRA-sanctioned Milan Dragway will be Romine’s third encounter with her this season. He took two of three from her May 9-10 in Stanton, Mich. before the 3-time NHRA Winston World Champion used a career best 4.82 to defeat the CARQUEST Dragster May 23rd in Norwalk, Ohio.
I'’m looking forward to once again lining up against Shirley and racing,” Romine said. “It’s always tough going up against her and (crew chief/husband) Rahn (Tobler). With a new track surface greeting us at Milan, the fans should expect some great racing between us.”
Gates open for the Milan Night of Thrills at 9 a.m. with racing at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the gate. For more information about the event, call Milan Dragway at (734) 439-7368 or go to the dragway's web page at WWW. MILANDRAGWAY.COM. Milan Dragway is located between Ann Arbor. Mich. and Toledo, Ohio on U.S. 23. Take the Plank Rd. exit (EXIT 24), the go 4 miles east.