HERBERT KEEPS GOING ROUNDS IN THE SNAP-ON TOOLS DRAGSTER BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Center Top Fuel car just can't stop going rounds lately. This is a trend Herbert can really...
HERBERT KEEPS GOING ROUNDS IN THE SNAP-ON TOOLS DRAGSTER
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Center Top Fuel car just can't stop going rounds lately. This is a trend Herbert can really get used to.
It was three rounds for Herbert and the team Sunday during final eliminations of the 24th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Not too shabby, Herbert said, especially considering the consistently quick numbers.
"It was a really good weekend," Herbert said. "We posted the low elapsed time of the first round and were right up there in the top two or three in the second and third round. That's a great place to be and that shows that we are learning from past mistakes and becoming a car that will battle for every round victory."
Herbert beat Morgan Lucas in the first round. Herbert drove the Snap-on Tools machine to a 4.546-second pass at 325.06 mph to top Lucas' 4.595 at 326.24. It was the fifth meeting between the two drivers this season with Herbert taking a 3-2 lead in the series.
In second round action, Herbert cruised to victory when Mitch King's dragster smoked the tires early in the other lane. Herbert turned in a 4.604 pass at 316.45.
"The car ran really well in the first two rounds," Herbert said. "Wayne (Dupuy, crew chief) has done some great things since taking over the team and it just gets me even more excited to get to the race on Sunday morning.
"I go into every race thinking that I am going to win. If I didn't, there wouldn't be any reason to be out here. Wayne feels the exact same way and we're going to win a race together real soon."
Herbert didn't have lane choice in the semifinal matchup against Larry Dixon -- something that certainly didn't help the team's chances for victory. Herbert went 4.993 at 246.53 to Dixon's 4.557 at 328.38.
"The car left well and then it started rattling and it was all over then," Herbert said. "Most of the time lane choice doesn't make or break a race, especially late in the weekend, but today it seemed like it was more important. Still, it was a real good weekend and we're happy and already ready to get to Memphis."
The event in Brainerd was the fifth race for Dupuy with the Snap-on team. He's helped guide the team to two semifinal appearances and a runner-up finish just two weeks ago in Sonoma, Calif.
"It's not just that we're winning rounds, it's how we're winning them," Herbert said. "We're posting better times and that will help us wins races, not just rounds."
The weekend started off well and just got better as time passed. The team qualified in the No. 10 spot with a 4.594 pass at 317.27. They also had a special audience on hand to watch the team.
"We had a lot of fun this weekend on and off the track," Herbert said. "We had a lot of great people from Snap-on at the track this weekend including the president of the company, Al Biland and his wife Marty. We also had Chris Pfaus, Carl Johansen, Nick Loffredo, Marty Ellen and Blaine Metzger. I think they were our good-luck charms because winning rounds in this category gets tougher as the season goes on and we're just getting better.
"I can't wait to get to Memphis and get this Snap-on car in winner's circle."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, Aug. 19-21.