ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Paul Romine and the CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster came within one win light of a $100,000 payday, but settled for $30,000 Sunday at the NHRA Winston Invitational. In the final of the Winston Invitational, Romineâ€™s dragster...
ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Paul Romine and the CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster came within one win light of a $100,000 payday, but settled for $30,000 Sunday at the NHRA Winston Invitational.
In the final of the Winston Invitational, Romine’s dragster lost traction just past the starting line and Kenny Bernstein collected the biggest payout of the entire NHRA season.
"“Although we did't’t win today, I’m proud of my gu" s,” Romine sa"“I doubt many people at the start of the event gave us a chance to qualify, let along make it to the finals and we proved ourselves today."
The runner-up finish according to Romine is a momentum boost for the CARQUEST team after a slugfest start to the 1998 season. The CARQUEST team began the season with a disastrous outing at the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals where the team destroyed a new chassis. Two weeks later at the IHRA Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals, Romine qualified number one, only to lose in the first round.
“Our team really needed this good showing this weekend at the Rock,” he said. “After winning the IHRA championship last season, we entered this year with a lot momentum, but that was cut short at Gainesville and Bradenton. This weekend I think we regained last year’s momentum and I can’ t wait for the next event.”
The next event for the CARQUEST Top Fuel Dragster will be the NHRA Fram Nationals, April 16-19 at Atlanta Dragway. Romine returns to IHRA to defend his World Championship at the IHRA Southern Nationals the first weekend of May at Darlington International Dragway in Darlington, S.C.
CARQUEST T/F by the numbers Round 1 Cory McClenathan vs. ROMINE .469 .492 .996 .971 3.403 2.180 5.786 3.180 8.649 3.195 4.153 249.65 11.504 4.821 233.34 284.90
Round 2 ROMINE vs. Bob Vandergriff Jr. .469 .503 .870 .853 2.164 2.187 3.134 3.174 256.62 255.17 3.979 4.007 4.740 4.730 287.63 307.27 Margin of victory---> .024
Final Romine vs. Kenny Bernstein .468 .488 .831 .857 2.291 2.173 3.599 3.153 190.51 255.02 4.762 3.987 5.995 4.710 165.89 305.39