Denver: Blower belt stops Herbert

DENVER, July 16, 2000 - Doug Herbert had more than a tenth of a second head start, ran his quickest time of the weekend and still couldn't get a first round win Sunday at the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The Snap-on Racing Top...

DENVER, July 16, 2000 - Doug Herbert had more than a tenth of a second head start, ran his quickest time of the weekend and still couldn't get a first round win Sunday at the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

The Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster driver was ahead with about 300 feet to go when the engine's blower belt broke and Tony Schumacher went by just before the finish line. The times and speeds: Herbert, 4.898 at 282.66 mph, Schumacher, 4.755 at 304.87.

"I did everything I could do," said a dejected Herbert. "I whipped him off the starting line (.427 to .531). I felt the belt come off and I was coasting along. For a second there I thought maybe he'd smoked the tires, but then he came by me."

Herbert's best qualifying run was 5.015 seconds, so crew chief Larry Frazier made some changes before eliminations and the car's performance picked up.

"Frazier made a good call," Herbert added. "We made some drastic changes to the combination."

Herbert remained eighth in points with 504.

Herbert and the Snap-on team will have an opportunity to do some testing next weekend when they match race against Bob Vandergriff Jr. at Salt Lake City. They return to NHRA Winston Series action July 28-30 at Seattle.

Qualified: No. 12, 5.015 seconds at 282.78 mph

First round: Tony Schumacher def. Herbert

Next Event: Northwest Nationals, Seattle, July 28-30

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Tony Schumacher , Bob Vandergriff