Denver: Doug Herbert Saturday notes

Herbert Qualifies Seventh at Mile-High Nationals Text Box: Doug Herbert Qualifying Recap Round One: Fri. afternoon Lane: Left Elapsed Time: 4.422 sec. Top Speed: 226.54 mph Qual. Pos: 13th Notes: "Our set-up was too much for the track to...

Herbert Qualifies Seventh at Mile-High Nationals

Text Box: Doug Herbert Qualifying Recap Round One: Fri. afternoon Lane: Left Elapsed Time: 4.422 sec. Top Speed: 226.54 mph Qual. Pos: 13th Notes: "Our set-up was too much for the track to handle." -- Crew chief Kevin Poynter Round Two: Friday night Lane: Right ET: 4.025 sec. Speed: 298.6 mph Qual. Pos: 7th Notes: "That was a good run. Very solid." -- Doug Herbert Round Three: Sat. afternoon Lane: Left ET: 4.225 sec. Speed: 234.33 mph Qual. Pos: 7th Notes: Lost traction mid-track. Round Four: Sat. afternoon Lane: Right ET: 4.059 sec. Speed: 292.9 mph Qual. Pos: 7th Notes: "We're a little slow the first 60-feet, but we have a solid car for tomorrow afternoon." -- Doug Herbert Doug Herbert and the SnaponFranchise.com Top Fuel team qualified seventh for Sunday's elimination rounds at the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Herbert is the most recent Top Fuel victor with his win at Norwalk, Ohio two weeks ago.

Herbert will face No. 10 qualifier Brandon Bernstein in the first round of eliminations. Herbert defeated Bernstein in the final round of the most recent race at Norwalk, while Bernstein topped Herbert in round one at Las Vegas earlier this season.

This is the first event where the Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars are racing for a distance of 1,000 feet instead of 1,320 feet as they have in the NHRA since 1955. The shorter length is an interim change for safety purposes while the investigation continues into the fatal crash of Scott Kalitta at Englishtown, NJ.

The shorter track should favor Herbert, whose average starting line reaction time this season is 0.055 seconds. That is the best average among all drivers in the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories.

"I'm pumped up about racing at the new distance. Having a shorter track makes reaction time that much more critical," explained Herbert, "and that gives us an advantage."

-credit: dhr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Scott Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein