K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals
Romine earns semifinal finish
Englishtown, Sunday: Paul Romine drove his CARQUEST Auto Parts-sponsored Top Fuel Dragster to a semifinal finish Sunday at the 34th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Twp. Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. The finish was Romine's best since the 2002 NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals.
Romine qualified 12th at 4.729 seconds and 301.87 mph. In round one he beat his former car owner Doug Herbert in a great drag race, 4.646/294.95 to 4.652/314.46. He then advanced to a second round showdown with rookie David Baca. In his first ever race with Baca, Romine lost an engine, but won, 5.133/226.58 to 5.235/251.86.
The CARQUEST team's day ended in round three. Despite a career-best elapsed time by Romine, a 4.617/310.13, competitor Doug Kalitta won with a career-best of his own and Englishtown track record of 4.481/328.62.
Romine to compete at Englishtown for first time
Englishtown, pre-race: Paul Romine has only been to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., once and that was for a match race in 2000 with Doug Herbert. Romine and the CARQUEST Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster have never competed at the 34th annual K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys, but that will change this weekend.
"I'm looking forward to competing at my first Englishtown NHRA event," said Romine, who is competing in his first full season of NHRA competition. "Englishtown is like Gainesville, Pomona, Indy, and Columbus, there's just something a little more special about it due to all the history that has taken place there."
Only Indianapolis Raceway Park, Pomona Raceway, and National Trail Raceway in Columbus have been around longer than Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Formerly home to a NHRA national event each July from 1971 to 1992, the Englishtown event was moved to May in 1993.
Romine is looking for his first round win of the 2003 season at E'town as he has been shutout in the first seven NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national events.
"We just haven't clicked yet, but we're getting closing to fixing our problems," Romine said. "The Montana Express guys led by (John) Mitchell and (Larry) Fraizer will figure out what's wrong with our hot rod and we'll start going rounds before long, hopefully starting at Englishtown."
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