Herbert Qualifies Well; Goes to Quarterfinals COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 13, 2004 - After earning his best qualifying start in more than a year, Doug Herbert drove the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster into the second round of the Pontiac Excitement ...
Herbert Qualifies Well; Goes to Quarterfinals
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 13, 2004 - After earning his best qualifying start in more than a year, Doug Herbert drove the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster into the second round of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway Sunday.
Herbert, riding a qualifying best of 4.520 seconds, was the No. 3 started third and eliminated Josh Starcher (13th) in the opening round before losing to Doug Kalitta in the next round.
Hot, humid weather and sun on the race track were new conditions Sunday following friendlier temperatures and humidity levels during rain troubled qualifying. Herbert experienced tire spin against Starcher but got the win. Herbert went through the same routine against longtime rival Doug Kalitta in the next round. He pedaled the throttle in an attempt to get more traction, but the blower belt came off, slowing the car to a 4.916. Kalitta, who had the same traction trouble, won with a 4.857. Herbert left the starting line first (.072 to .091) against Kalitta . . . Herbert had his best and most-consistent qualifying effort of the season with runs of 4.540, 4.520 and 4.530 seconds. The 4.520 from Friday night during rain-plagued qualifying was two-thousandths of a second off his career best . . . While wet weather delayed qualifying, it didn't postpone any sessions . . . Herbert remained ninth in points with 492. However, he's only two rounds (37 points) behind Larry Dixon (509) and four rounds behind No. 6 Cory McClenathan's 531 with 13 races remaining in the 2004 POWERade Series.
The blower belt came off against Kalitta. If it wasn't for that, I would've beaten him. Even though we didn't win the race, it was a good weekend. We didn't break any parts and it looks like (tuner) Ed McCulloch is getting a better handle on the tune-up. I think we can be competitive now. This was probably our best race in more than a year.
K&N Filters SuperNationals, June 18-20, Englishtown, N.J.