Englishtown: Kalitta Stops Herbert

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., Sept. 9, 2000 - It took 110 days to finish the NHRA's Spring SuperNationals and, unfortunately for Doug Herbert, 5.483 seconds to lose in the first round of Saturday's eliminations. This event, postponed from May 21, matched...

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., Sept. 9, 2000 - It took 110 days to finish the NHRA's Spring SuperNationals and, unfortunately for Doug Herbert, 5.483 seconds to lose in the first round of Saturday's eliminations.

This event, postponed from May 21, matched Herbert against Doug Kalitta, one of the hottest Top Fuel drivers in recent races. Herbert's Snap-on Racing dragster left the line first, but Kalitta pulled away, winning with a 4.683 at 309.70. Kalitta went on to win the race.

"It was hauling, then it moved to the right and out of the groove so I shut it off," Herbert said of the run. "Kalitta was running good, too, and I doubt if we could've caught him, but it was a good drag race for a little while."

Herbert's dragster missed one of Friday's test runs when the right front wheel's A-arm broke. "Maybe there was something else wrong. The car just steered to the right in the first round," he said.

Larry Frazier, Herbert's crew chief, and the Snap-on crew plan to scrutinize the racecar early this week before this weekend's Keystone Nationals at Reading, Pa.

Herbert remained ninth in Winston Series points with 691 points.

Jim Bailey, who qualified ninth here in May, attempted to drive Herbert's back-up entry because his regular racecar was at Epping, N.H. for an IHRA race, but the car didn't start for his first-round race against Steve Johns.

Qualified: No. 5, 4.700 seconds at 292.46

First round: Doug Kalitta def. Herbert

Pro Winners:

Top Fuel - Doug Kalitta
Funny Car - Cruz Pedregon
Pro Stock - Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Next Event: Keystone Nationals, Sept. 15-17, Reading, Pa.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Jeg Coughlin , Doug Kalitta , Cruz Pedregon , Steve J