Denver: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

Herbert improves time and qualifying position at Bandimere DENVER(July16,2005)--Doug Herbert knows that with a little time, his Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster will be one to reckon with on Sundays. Herbert turned in a 4.687-second pass at...

Herbert improves time and qualifying position at Bandimere

DENVER(July16,2005)--Doug Herbert knows that with a little time, his Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster will be one to reckon with on Sundays. Herbert turned in a 4.687-second pass at 304.12 mph Saturday, the quickest pass made by the team all weekend and good enough for the No. 7 qualifying spot. Now they are ready for Sunday's final eliminations at the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

"We're coming on strong and I am convinced that the more time (crew chief) Wayne Dupuy has with this Snap-on car, the better we're going to be," Herbert said. "That last run was exactly what we needed to do. We wanted to improve, move up out of the No. 8 qualifying spot and we wanted to make a clean pass down the track. We did all of those things."

Dupuy had just one event (seven total passes with qualifying and eliminations) under his belt with the Snap-on team before coming into the high-altitude Bandimere facility. The track sits 5,860 feet above sea level and presents a major challenge for the crew chiefs as the 7,000 horsepower cars search for oxygen. Dupuy said he actually tuned the car down before the final qualifying session. "I'm happy with the run and even happier that we have those kinds of numbers on the car going into the final eliminations," Dupuy said. "I second-guessed myself a little and backed it down a little before we made the run, so it shows that we have a little left in the car."

Herbert will face Melanie Troxel in the first round. Herbert leads the all-time series against Troxel, earning two wins in three races. Troxel earned the No. 10 position with a 4.847 at 281.19. "I think we're looking good for tomorrow and the most important thing is that we run our race and make the best pass we can," Herbert said. "If we can do our job, it doesn't matter what's going on in the other lane. We've never won on top of the mountain here at Bandimere Speedway and I'm looking forward to changing that soon."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, also on ESPN2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Melanie Troxel