Commerce: Doug Herbert final summary

Herbert looking forward COMMERCE, Ga. -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team didn't produce the results they were looking for Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Now they are more ...

Herbert looking forward

COMMERCE, Ga. -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team didn't produce the results they were looking for Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Now they are more anxious than ever to get to the next race.

Herbert's Snap-on dragster smoked the tires early in the run during the first round of eliminations. Herbert tried to pedal the car to victory, turning in a 6.173-second pass at 196.53 mph falling short of David Baca's 5.058 at 319.52.

Now Herbert is looking toward the second of three consecutive races.

"It's disappointing to lose, especially in the first round because we are making progress," Herbert, a Lincolnton, N.C. resident said. "The positive thing is that we don't have too much time to think about the loss. It's time to get to the next race and start a new streak."

The team has plans to make the Snap-on dragster more competitive. Getting there, however, is taking more time than expected.

"We've been trying some new parts and eventually that is going to be the way to go," Herbert said. "We need to tune and run the car for each race, but we also have to make sure we keep part of the focus on long-term success.

"We're dealing with a little bit of a learning curve and it's just taking longer than I thought it would. In the long term, what we've dealt with this weekend will help us be more consistently competitive."

The team's biggest challenge right now remains Mother Nature. The rain could elimination any chance of a test session on Monday.

"Testing last week gave us some confidence about the car," Herbert said. "We saw some improvements, but we have to keep going. The team is working hard and I think we can turn the performance around pretty quickly. We're going to try to test Monday if it doesn't rain. If we can't test, we'll pack up and get ready for Columbus."

ESPN2 will air coverage of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET) tonight. The next event on the NHRA tour is the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.

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