DINWIDDIE, VA (May 1, 1999) -- Consistency wins races. Paul Romine with crew chief Clayton Harris used Saturday's qualifying sessions to get a race day tune up for the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. With his first ...
DINWIDDIE, VA (May 1, 1999) -- Consistency wins races. Paul Romine with crew chief Clayton Harris used Saturday's qualifying sessions to get a race day tune up for the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
With his first qualifying pass Saturday, Romine guided the CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster to a career-best .829 60-foot time and a conservative 4.708/293.09, 9th best qualifying time. Romine came back in qualifying session two and recorded a 4.753/298.43.
"It's a tricky track out there as can be seen throughout qualifying," said Romine, a two-time IHRA Top Fuel champion. "The groove is narrow and getting to the finish line without tire smoke is the main priority. I'm happy we made it to the top end both time with .70 passes. If we can run high 60s and low 70s in eliminations, that just might be what it takes to have a good Sunday."
In round one, Romine will face fellow Prolong Super Lubricants teammate Kenny Bernstein (#8 4.703/313.58). In two career NHRA final elimination meetings, Romine is 0-2 against the Budweiser dragster. Romine last raced Bernstein in the semifinals at the 1998 Fram Route 66 Nationals near Chicago. Last season at the Pennzoil Nationals, Romine reached the semifinals where he was defeated by Cory McClenathan.
PROGRESSIVE BREAKDOWN 60' 330' 660'-mph 1000' 1/4-mph #1 Scelzi .834 2.100 3.018/271.68 3.805 4.494/321.12 #9 Romine .829* 2.135 3.105/254.14 3.956 4.708/293.09 *tied with Cory McClenathan for best of qualifying session three, career-best
Final eliminations for the Pennzoil Nationals will begin with Top Fuel Sunday, May 2 at 11 a.m. (EDT). TNN will broadcast a 90 minute highlight show of final eliminations Sunday, May 9th at 12 noon (EDT).