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NHRA: Paul Romine Milan Dragway Match Race Preview

16 June 1998

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 Romines first drag race since he earned a semi-final finish May 31st at the NHRA Fram Route 66 Nationals near Chicago.

Weve 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 Romines 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.

Im looking forward to once again lining up against Shirley and racing, Romine said. Its 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.

CARQUEST Corporation began 24 years ago with 100 auto parts stores. Today there are over 3,400 CARQUEST Auto Parts Stores serving North America. CARQUEST supplies the professional automotive service repair industry as well as do-it-yourselfers with replacement parts, tools and equipment. CARQUEST is committed to providing auto parts and services of the highest quality and greatest value to its customers. For the location of the CARQUEST Auto Parts Stores nearest you, call 1-800-492-PART or check out CARQUEST on the World Wide Web at CARQUEST.COM. CARQUEST Auto Parts is the primary sponsor of IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Paul Romine and title right sponsor of the CARQUEST Nationals, July 10-12, in Rochester, NY and the CARQUEST Nationals, July 31-Aug. 2, in Stanton, MI. CARQUEST is also a major sponsor of the 1999 Special Olympics World Games to be held in Raleigh, N.C.