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Herbert makes first passes in the 85th anniversary Snap-on car CHANDLER, Ariz. -- He's just trying to make a few test passes down the track. After all, the season doesn't start for another two weeks. Don't tell Doug Herbert the season hasn't...

Herbert makes first passes in the 85th anniversary Snap-on car

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- He's just trying to make a few test passes down the track. After all, the season doesn't start for another two weeks.

Don't tell Doug Herbert the season hasn't started yet.

The driver of the Snap-on Tools dragster ran a 4.598-second pass at 303.50 during the final session of testing Sunday at Firebird International Raceway.

"We really wanted to run a good number during testing so we know where we stand," Herbert said. "We have two weeks before the season, but we want to be ready to win when we pull up to the starting line at Pomona. That was a great pass and it's good to see the new team coming together so well."

The first two passes of the day ended quickly, as the car smoked the tires both times. Herbert didn't even get to make a pass on Saturday, as rain halted racing just as the team was pulling out of the pit area.

"The real good thing about testing is that there isn't a lot of pressure to get down the track," Herbert said. "Every time we go down the track we learn something. We have a lot of new guys working on the car. We have to get the guys tuned up as well as the car. It's a learning process all around and testing allows us to do that without the pressure of going up or down in the point standings."

Herbert hired Rob Flynn as crew chief in December to work in conjunction with tuning consultant Jim Brissette. The team also hired several new crew members.

"I'm impressed at how well Flynn and Brissette have come together on the tuning calls," Herbert said. "We smoked the tires twice earlier today, but we were on the right track and they nailed it on the third pass. This is a lot of fun considering it was only the first real pass of the season."

The Snap-on dragster made three passes on Friday -- two with planned shutoffs. The team will continue testing Monday. The first race of the season is the Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, Feb. 10-13.

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