Baytown: Doug Herbert preview

HOUSTON, pre-race: Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Racing team will be looking for their first victory of the young 2006 season at this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Texas. Herbert is in the middle of a...

HOUSTON, pre-race: Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Racing team will be looking for their first victory of the young 2006 season at this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Texas.

Herbert is in the middle of a tight battle in POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel point standings. The driver of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance dragster is currently seventh in the standings on the strength of a pair of semifinal finishes at the first three races of the season. Herbert is less than one round win (20 points) out of the fourth spot and a victory in Texas would move the 38-year-old transplanted North Carolinian solidly into the Top 5.

"We had a chance to go back to the shop in North Carolina to prepare for Houston and Las Vegas," said Herbert. "Crew chief Wayne Dupuy and the Snap-on team worked really hard in Gainesville and our semifinal finish was due in large part to the team's determination. When you consider that we were running the new Goodyear tire and a new one-piece Top Fuel body built by Spitzer Race Cars, then you get an idea of the kind of effort the Snap-on team gave down in Florida. We've got a great bunch of guys working on this car and I feel very confident that we will be in the winner's circle soon."

Herbert is no stranger to success in Houston. 'Dougzilla' scored the second NHRA national event victory of his career at the Spring Nationals in 1999, a season in which he reached six final rounds and won four races. With a win in Houston this weekend, Herbert could reestablish himself as a serious threat in the 2006 championship title hunt.

Snap-on Tools Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchised dealer van, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the Internet at snap.on.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2-billion-plus, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.

Herbert also receives associate sponsorship from Racebricks collectibles. Racebricks sells uniquely crafted 3-dimensional die-glass collectibles, featuring laser etched race cars inside optically pure glass.

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