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Romine to Debut New Car and CARQUEST Colors at the Gatornationals March 2, 1998 INDIANAPOLIS -- It's time to go racing again for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster. Paul Romine will make his 1998 season debut, March 6-8, at the NHRA Mac...

Romine to Debut New Car and CARQUEST Colors at the Gatornationals March 2, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's time to go racing again for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster. Paul Romine will make his 1998 season debut, March 6-8, at the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, FL.

"I'm happy to be racing again and couldn't be more excited to begin at Gainesville," Romine said. "In the early '80s I raced my Funny Car at the Gatornationals and I can't wait to again compete at the historic race."

Romine's appearance at the Mac Tools Gatornationals will mark his return to NHRA competition for the first time since last season's NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

"Last year we concentrated on the IHRA series and were very successful,, winning their Top Fuel Championship" Romine said. "This season we will again go for the championship in IHRA, but we are also looking forward to competing at more NHRA events with CARQUEST's support behind us."

In 1997, Romine and his Clayton Harris lead team qualified in three NHRA appearances. At the Fram Nationals in Atlanta, Romine qualified third with a 4.761 elapsed time. He defeated Joe Amato in round one of the Pennzoil Nationals in Richmond for his first career NHRA round win, and at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, he qualified ninth in the quickest Top Fuel field in NHRA history with a career-best 4.704 at only 263.46 miles-per-hour.

To prepare for the Mac Tools Gatornationals, Romine and the CARQUEST Racing crew tested a new 1998 McKinney chassis, February 24 and 25th, at DeSoto Memorial Dragway in Bradenton, FL. The team completed several starting line launches with a best .838 60-foot time.

Qualifying for the Mac Tools Gatornationals will be conducted Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th with qualifying sessions each day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m (EST). Final eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 8th and will be televised Live on TNN from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Final eliminations highlights and the Live final round coverage will be televised on TNN from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , Joe Amato