Adding to the excitement, Romine will be reuniting with his old crew as he teams with longtime tuner Mike Cavalieri and crewman John Bullard – both of whom have played pivotal roles with Romine over the years – as the team tries to get the “Power Steel” Camaro up to snuff against a very tough field in IHRA’s only qualified Funny Car competition of the season.
“We are getting the band back together,” Romine said. “It has been a little while since the last time I was behind the wheel, but with these guys I am sure we can get the car and myself up to speed pretty quickly. Mike used to help me with the Funny Car and John has been with me forever and having those guys with me up in Edmonton will make for a pretty awesome weekend.”
Romine is hoping things go as smoothly as they did the last time he competed at an IHRA event. In 2011 at the West Palm Beach Nitro Jam in southern Florida Romine competed in his first IHRA race in nearly a decade and came away with the win. In his first IHRA action since that win, Romine hopes his luck will continue against a tough field on a very fast track.
“I don’t know many of those guys up there, but I have raced Boychuk a number of times and I look forward to going up against him again,” Romine said. “The other thing is that the times are going to be really, really good. That place is a mineshaft for sure and the track is always really good and has produced some unbelievable numbers in the past. That track certainly has a reputation for being awfully good.”
Romine, his “Candies & Hughes” teammate and Boychuk will be among the many drivers trying to tame the Edmonton quarter-mile when the fastest Funny Cars in the country take to the track at Canada’s biggest drag racing event. Featuring some of the wildest and most unique classes and competitors in all of motorsports, over a dozen different classes will be in competition including Top Fuel Dragsters, Fuel Altereds, Nitro Harley and much more.
Can Romine take over where drivers like Andy Beauchemin, Michael Grekul and Jim Obalek – all runner-up finishers to Boychuk over the past three years – left off? We will soon find out.
“Anytime you can go up there and whoop up on some Canadians that is always fun,” Romine said. “I can’t wait to see what the cards have in store.”