Dallas: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

HERBERT LOCKS IN THE TOP QUALIFYING SPOT IN DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 8, 2005) -- For the first time in nearly three years Doug Herbert has earned the No. 1 qualifying position. Herbert drove his Snap-on Tools dragster to a career-best and track...

HERBERT LOCKS IN THE TOP QUALIFYING SPOT IN DALLAS

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 8, 2005) -- For the first time in nearly three years Doug Herbert has earned the No. 1 qualifying position. Herbert drove his Snap-on Tools dragster to a career-best and track record time of 4.441 seconds at 328.06 mph at the O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

It's Herbert's third career top qualifying position and first since Las Vegas 2002.

"It's not that we haven't been trying to take the top qualifying position, we just haven't had a good enough car," Herbert said. "We've really come a long way in the past few races and we've been chipping away at making a move to the No. 1 spot.

"Wayne Dupuy (crew chief) is just awesome. I've never met anyone more aggressive. We are just setting the stage for next year. We're making improvements every week and we are going to be ready to compete for the series championship next season. In the meantime we're having fun and winning rounds."

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

"We're sneaking up on the rest of the field," Herbert said. "Jim Brissette (tuning consultant) has been with me for a long time and I think having Wayne and Jim work together is turning out to be a great decision. Jim has 45 years of experience and Wayne is aggressive and wants to try new things. They are a great combination."

Dupuy said the team is finally starting to come around and make adjustments rather than just play defense.

"We've got a good team but we had to spend a lot of time working out all the bugs and getting organized," Dupuy said. "We're finally able to get the car set up so things don't fail during the run. We're more consistent because we know more about the car."

Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Herbert will face Bill Ancona for the first time this season. Ancona turned in a 4.935 pass at 229.35.

"It is supposed to be a little warmer on Sunday and that just means that we are going to have to make a lot of adjustments to win rounds," Herbert said. "We have to finesse the car down the track, avoid mistakes and be ready to adapt to weather changes quickly."

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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