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Snap-on Tools team making rapid progress, qualifies in Atlanta ATLANTA, qualifying: Doug Herbert continued to move forward in his performance behind the wheel of his new Snap-on Tools dragster at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in...

Snap-on Tools team making rapid progress, qualifies in Atlanta

ATLANTA, qualifying: Doug Herbert continued to move forward in his performance behind the wheel of his new Snap-on Tools dragster at the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Georgia. Herbert qualified for his 54th consecutive NHRA national event as the Snap-on Tools team continued to refine the tune-up on their new race car.

Herbert went to Atlanta with the new state-of-the-art Murf McKinney chassis that the Snap-on team debuted one week earlier in Bristol. The car also features the only one-piece Top Fuel body built by Spitzer Race Cars. Crew chief Wayne Dupuy was eager to find the same power and consistency that the veteran tuner had used to lead Herbert to a career-best 6th place finish last season. Dupuy didn't have to wait long on Friday to finally see some positive results. After a brief rain delay the Snap-on Tools dragster blasted to a 4.592 at 316.23 mph, posting the second quickest run of the opening qualifying session to grab the No. 2 position.

Herbert overpowered the track during the second round of qualifying Friday evening, coasting to a 9.397 at 85.15 mph, finishing the day in the No. 9 qualifying position on the strength of his opening run.

The skies were clear and the temperatures were warm for Saturday's final pair of professional qualifying sessions. Herbert enjoyed entertaining members of his son's Boy Scout Troop #313, from Huntersville, NC. James Herbert and 15 members from Troop #313 enjoyed an up close look at the Snap-on dragster and the experience of being interviewed along with Doug Herbert for the website 1320tv.com.

The Snap-on dragster slowed during the third qualifying session, posting a 4.712 at 307.58 mph. Herbert remained in the No. 9 qualifying position with one session remaining. The 38-year-old North Carolinian made his best run of the weekend on his final qualifying attempt with a stout 4.563 at 324.75 mph, the second quickest run of the final session. The run moved Herbert into the top half of the 16-car field in the No. 8 position, giving him lane choice over his first round opponent during Sunday's eliminations.

"That last qualifying run was just what we were looking for," commented Herbert. "It was one of the best runs of that session, and those conditions are more like what we'll race in tomorrow. It's nice to be in the top half of the field so we've got lane choice in the first round. I think Wayne and the entire Snap-on crew is getting a good handle on the race car and everything that we're doing here. We're looking forward to doing well tomorrow."

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