Dallas: Doug Herbert Friday summary

HERBERT TAKES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 7, 2005) -- Doug Herbert drove to the No. 1 qualifying position for the first time of the season Friday at the O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Herbert drove the ...

HERBERT TAKES NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITION

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 7, 2005) -- Doug Herbert drove to the No. 1 qualifying position for the first time of the season Friday at the O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Herbert drove the Snap-on Tools dragster to a track record time of 4.441-second pass at 328.06 mph. It was the first time since Las Vegas 2002 that Herbert led qualifying after two sessions.

Herbert said he knew during the run the pass was going to be ultra quick.

"I think it really is the best race car I've ever had," Herbert said. "The front end of the car picked up at 400 feet and I actually had to drive the car and that was a lot of fun. I knew it was going to be a good pass."

The run is the fourth quickest pass in NHRA Top Fuel history.

"That's exactly where we need to be," the 6'4", 200-pound Herbert said. "It also proves a fat boy like me can go fast. We need to do whatever it takes to win. Whatever that number is, that's what I want the car to run."

Crew chief Wayne Dupuy joined the team for the first time in St. Louis in June and has earned two final round appearances including a handful of runs in the 4.40s.

"Wayne is real aggressive and that's awesome," Herbert said. "He doesn't tip-toe around and he's done amazing things to turn this car around. We're having a lot of fun on this team right now and we have a car that is capable of winning rounds on Sunday. We just need to make sure that we don't make mistakes."

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at noon and 3 p.m. before final eliminations fire up at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

ESPN2 will air all the action from the Motorplex. Qualifying can be seen on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (ET) on Saturday while eliminations will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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