Gainesville: Doug Herbert Saturday notes

Herbert Feels Confident After Strong Qualifying Performance GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2008) Doug Herbert, owner and driver of the SnaponFranchise.com Top Fuel dragster, feels confident after only two sessions of qualifying for the ACDelco...

Herbert Feels Confident After Strong Qualifying Performance

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2008) Doug Herbert, owner and driver of the SnaponFranchise.com Top Fuel dragster, feels confident after only two sessions of qualifying for the ACDelco Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

For the second race in a row, rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday's qualifying sessions, allowing each team only two attempts on Saturday to make the hotly contested field.

Herbert and the Snap-on team got to work, posting a stout 4.62 second pass at 318.09 mph, placing them in the No. 9 position.

"The rain came on Friday just like it did at the last race," said Herbert. "That really puts everyone under the gun. Just like in Phoenix, our goal today was to make it down the track and into the field, and we did just that."

On hand in the Snap-on pit area on Saturday were several Marines, lead by Sgt. Eric Kidwell, who presented Herbert with a plaque saluting his 2008 "For My Boys" Tour.

"We host Marines every year at the Gatornationals," said Herbert, "and to have them give this to us means a lot. We want to make my boys proud, and we want to make the Marines proud, too."

Also seen in the pit area were musician Jimmie Van Zant and several of his friends and family. Van Zant presented Herbert with an autographed guitar to auction off to raise money for BRAKES, the organization Herbert founded, after losing his sons James and Jon in an automobile accident, to help educate teens on responsible driving.

"I just can't thank Jimmie enough," said Herbert. "He is really anxious to help with BRAKES, and we are excited about all he wants to do. His group is going to be with us tomorrow, and it would be really cool to have them with us in winner's circle.

"We are going to come out tomorrow ready to go rounds. We are in this to win the championship for my boys, and tomorrow will get us one step closer."

-credit: dhr

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