Herbert jumps up to the top half of the field COMMERCE, Ga. -- If Doug Herbert is qualified, he has a chance of winning any race. So when the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team drove from the No. 12 position to the No. 5 spot in less than five...
Herbert jumps up to the top half of the field
COMMERCE, Ga. -- If Doug Herbert is qualified, he has a chance of winning any race. So when the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team drove from the No. 12 position to the No. 5 spot in less than five seconds, the team was even more pleased.
Herbert drove the Snap-on dragster to a 4.612-second pass at 319.52 mph to take the No. 5 spot by the end of the day. He was in the 12th position before he made his jump to the top half of the field during round two. Pro qualifying continues Saturday with two runs before final elimination start on Sunday.
"We've won a race from the No. 5 spot and we can do it again," Herbert said. "We had trouble getting down the track during the first session, but I just don't think the track had come around yet. The second pass was much better and we're qualified and what's most important is that we saw improvement."
Herbert and the team tested last week following the event in Bristol, Tenn. in hopes of finding a way to get the Snap-on dragster off the line more quickly. The test session worked.
"We're getting off the line better and that showed on both runs today," Herbert, the 2002 runner-up here, said. "We're feeling more comfortable with this car and we're going to try some new parts Saturday and see what else we can do."
The sessions run during the day on Saturday are usually slower than Friday night sessions because of the atmospheric conditions, but they can be ultra valuable since the teams race during mid-day on Sundays. Herbert said a repeat of Friday's run would plant a big smile on every member of the team.
"If we can run similar numbers during the heat of the day, that would be great," Herbert said. "We need to collect data for Sunday but what matters most is running with the pack from session to session. If we can stay at or near the top of the pack tomorrow, we will have more confidence going into Sunday.
"It's going to be real difficult for anyone to go much faster tomorrow, but we're going to try."
Qualifying continues Saturday with pro sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. on Sunday. ESPN2 will air coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) and final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.