Denver: Doug Herbert final summary

Herbert moving on from the mountain to the West Coast DENVER (July 16, 2005) -- Doug Herbert earned a round victory Sunday at the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Herbert beat Melanie Troxel in the first round of Top...

Herbert moving on from the mountain to the West Coast

DENVER (July 16, 2005) -- Doug Herbert earned a round victory Sunday at the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. Herbert beat Melanie Troxel in the first round of Top Fuel picking up some important POWERade points. Herbert turned in a 4.792-seconds at 306.81 mph in his Snap-on Tools dragster to beat Troxel's 5.826 at 192.85. It is the third victory for Herbert in four career matchups with Troxel. Herbert fell in the second round, losing to Tony Schumacher. Herbert's car smoked the tires at mid-track, going 5.098 at 268.97 to Schumacher's 4.770 at 315.86.

"It's good that we earned a first round win and actually picked up some points," Herbert said. "Because of the altitude (5,860 feet above sea level) it is just so difficult to win here and we have not done real well here in the past so we don't have great data. You need good data to win here." Crew chief Wayne Dupuy said he was disappointed with the second round performance, especially since the car smoked the tires. "I hate beating myself and that's what happened today," Dupuy said. "But we just have to move forward and be happy that we have a race next week in the Northwest where we have lots of trees that produce tons of oxygen and we're out of the high altitude. We just got too aggressive today."

Herbert is still pleased with the new crew chief and the changes that have been made so far. "We are still picking up momentum and we're going to win a race real soon," Herbert said. "Wayne is doing a good job and it's just a matter of time before it all comes together. "This team is going to do what we always do: Work hard and keep after it. Seattle is just around the corner, so we need to look ahead and be ready to race on Friday."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. The next race on the NHRA POWERade schedule is the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways just outside of Seattle. Qualifying starts Friday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Tony Schumacher , Melanie Troxel