Chicago Doug Herbert Upset in Route 66 Race

JOLIET, Ill., June 4, 2000 - If Doug Herbert didn't have bad luck during this NHRA Top Fuel season, he'd have no luck at all. Herbert, for the second week in a row, was sent home in the first round during Sunday's Route 66 Nationals at Route...

JOLIET, Ill., June 4, 2000 - If Doug Herbert didn't have bad luck during this NHRA Top Fuel season, he'd have no luck at all.

Herbert, for the second week in a row, was sent home in the first round during Sunday's Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

The Cherryville, N.C., driver of the Snap-on Racing dragster turned in his quickest run of the season, 4.609 seconds, and qualified fourth, also his best in 2000. Herbert faced Doug Kalitta in round one and Kalitta, the No. 13 qualifier, took a chance at the starting line, and won.

Kalitta left with a .429 reaction time to Herbert's .501. It was close at the finish line, but Kalitta won with a 4.690 at 309.34 mph to Herbert's 4.641 at 316.67 mph.

"I think I might've been a little bit cautious because of last week's race (when he fouled out at the start)," said Herbert. "I didn't have a good light but he took a shot at us and got by with it. It's just another bad luck deal. I could've beaten almost everyone in the first round."

Only Tony Schumacher, in fact, had a quicker time in that round, 4.580 seconds.

On the positive side, the Snap-on dragster is running better than it has all year.

Herbert will attempt to win his second straight - and third of his career - at Columbus, Ohio, site of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals, June 16-18.

Qualified: No. 4, 4.609 seconds at 301.67 mph

First round: Doug Kalitta def. Herbert

Pro Winners: Gary Scelzi in Top Fuel; John Force in Funny Car; Ron Krisher in Pro Stock

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta