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Doug Herbert Wants to Change His Luck at Las Vegas Snap-on Top Fuel Driver Optimistic After Good Test Results LAS VEGAS, March 29, 2004 - This is the city where some people's dreams have been realized and many others have been quashed. On his...

Doug Herbert Wants to Change His Luck at Las Vegas
Snap-on Top Fuel Driver Optimistic After Good Test Results

LAS VEGAS, March 29, 2004 - This is the city where some people's dreams have been realized and many others have been quashed.

On his next visit, Doug Herbert would prefer the former to the latter. Who wouldn't? But Herbert's dreams aren't built around striking it rich in one of the many gambling establishments. He'd rather take his chances at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Herbert will be at the controls of his familiar Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster when action commences for the fifth annual Summitracing.com Nationals, April 2-4 at The Strip at LVMS. And he's the first to admit his team's been a little shy in the luck department in the first three NHRA POWERade Series races.

All that just may be changing following a serious test session at Gainesville, Fla., last week after the Gatornationals.

Unhappy with the car's performance, Herbert and tuner Ed "Ace" McCulloch made eight runs over two days - five on Monday - in search of a workable combination. They left north-central Florida confident the changes implemented in several different areas not only will make the car run quicker and faster, but that it can contend for race wins.

"Testing was very encouraging. We tuned up the motor and the clutch, plus we had an opportunity to test the new Goodyear tires we'll be running from now on," said Herbert. "We learned a lot and we should be ready to go to Vegas. We should be able to run fast from the first qualifying session."

Herbert wanted run with the leaders right away, but it took more time for McCulloch and the crew to fine-tune a tune-up that was new to everyone. "We were consistent, but we weren't quick enough," Herbert added.

He did qualify at each of the first three events, only to be eliminated in the first round each time. He is in 11th place in series points with 98, just two behind Scott Kalitta and 38 behind No. 6 Cory McClenathan.

"We needed to get things squared away as soon as possible," Herbert continued. "We really hate not being in the top 10. Our preseason goal was to win the championship. We still have a chance to do that, but we need to get things rolling. That's why we tested.

"I feel better going to this race than I have all year.  We have the time
slips to prove our feelings now.  Being able to test with new tires was a
bonus.  We didn't seem to have any problem with them."

Now he must work on not having trouble with his rivals during eliminations. That all begins Friday with qualifying at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Two more runs are on tap Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. and eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta