Indianpolis: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

HERBERT RUNS CAREER BEST TIME INDIANAPOLIS (September 3, 2005) -- Doug Herbert turned in the best performance of his career Saturday night at the biggest stage in NHRA drag racing. Herbert ran a career-best pass, shooting up to the No. 2 spot in...

HERBERT RUNS CAREER BEST TIME

INDIANAPOLIS (September 3, 2005) -- Doug Herbert turned in the best performance of his career Saturday night at the biggest stage in NHRA drag racing. Herbert ran a career-best pass, shooting up to the No. 2 spot in qualifying at the 51st annual NHRA U.S. Nationals.

Herbert drove his Snap-on Tools dragster to a 4.463-second pass at 326.56 mph -- coming outside the field to run to one of the top spots in qualifying at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"We weren't even qualified before that pass and for Wayne (Dupuy, crew chief) to turn the knobs the way he did when we were in that position shows how much confidence he has in the car and the guys and it was amazing," Herbert said. "I knew it was going to be a good run the instant I left the starting line."

"The track was great, the conditions were good and everything just played right into our hands. We ran a great number at the Gatornationals (4.499) in March and I was anxious to run another 4.40-pass. That was awesome."

The day was even better because of the special guests in the Snap-on Tools pit area. Two special guests, Tom and Connie Henley of Thompsonville, Ill. participated in one of several auctions that benefited one of the newest projects supported by Racers For Christ (RFC) -- The RFC Garage.

The program is geared toward providing a safe, clean environment for children and young adults that want to learn more about motorsports, rodding and car restoration. Volunteer mentors work with the kids and provide the materials. He won the auction and was able to spend the day in the pits with the crew and Herbert.

"We had Tom and Connie and my buddy Tom Riley who restores vintage airplanes. They were with us all day along with a big group of Marines and I think they were all great luck to the crew," Herbert said. "It can be a little rough going into the third session of qualifying knowing that you have to make a great run. But we have so much support in our pit area and the guys are working so hard, it didn't feel like we were on the outside looking in. But now it doesn't matter. We're qualified and we still have two more sessions to work on our race day setup."

-gs

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