Chicago: Doug Herbert Ready for Joliet Race

JOLIET, Ill., May 30, 2000 - Peter Finch won an Academy Award in the film Network in 1979. One of his most memorable phrases was: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." Well, Doug Herbert knows just how Finch's...

JOLIET, Ill., May 30, 2000 - Peter Finch won an Academy Award in the film Network in 1979. One of his most memorable phrases was: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

Well, Doug Herbert knows just how Finch's character felt. Herbert's a bit peeved. At himself. And he hopes to take out his frustrations on the Top Fuel field during the Prestone Route 66 Nationals, Friday through Sunday at Route 66 Raceway.

Herbert has been abusing himself for fouling away his chances Sunday in the first round of the Castrol Nationals at Ennis, Texas. His Snap-on Racing dragster left the starting line too soon in his match against Rhonda Hartman-Smith.

"Obviously I wasn't focused at the starting line when I had to be," Herbert said. "It makes me mad when that happens. We're going to be going to Joliet this week and give it 150 percent. It looks like we have the right setup in the car now.

"We'd really like to do well there because we're expecting a lot of Snap-on people at the track Sunday," added Herbert. "They're coming down from Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the company's based."

Herbert's 4.640-second run during qualifying last week was his quickest of the season, and the 318.13-mph speed was his second best. He began eliminations from the No. 7 starting position at the Texas Motorplex. "That run could've been a little quicker and faster, too, but I clicked it about 100 feet before the finish line," he said. "I think we're getting our combination to where we want it. We did have a problem on one qualifying run in Texas when the blower belt came off. Then on our final run, we made some big changes to see if the track would hold it and it didn't.

"It appears there is a perfect tune-up in our car. We just have to figure out how to get it out consistently," he added. "Eventually it's going to get where we want it to be."

Herbert remained in eighth place with 362 points, 25 behind Cory McClenathan and 64 behind Doug Kalitta.

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Herbert Provides a Helping Hand

The recent death of popular Top Fuel mechanic Fuzzy Carter sent Doug Herbert to work. In an attempt to defray medical expenses incurred by Carter, Herbert had a t-shirt designed in Carter's memory. Then he printed 450 and sold them to racers and crews at Ennis, Texas, last week.

The result: Herbert presented Jana Carter, Fuzzy's wife, with a check for $10,000.

"I got the idea Tuesday (May 23) and got the artist working on it," Herbert said. "I got the design and had the shirts printed Thursday. Fuzzy worked for me for a while. I knew him and liked him. I was just helping out."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Rhonda Hartman-Smith , Doug Kalitta