HERBERT READY TO BATTLE IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 22, 2005) -- A couple of changes here, a couple of changes there and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team was ready for action Saturday at the ACDelco NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Doug Herbert drove to the No. 6 spot in qualifying Saturday, improving his performance numbers from Friday and keeping all the parts in the right place.
"We broke two motors on Friday and we just needed to figure out the reasons why and make all the right changes today," Herbert said. "We just can't do that on every run because we hurt too many parts. The good thing is that Wayne (Dupuy, crew chief) got a couple of things sorted out and we did better today."
Herbert turned in a 4.528-second pass at 317.72 mph and will start final eliminations in the top half of the 16-car field for the 12th time this season. Herbert's best time on Friday was a 4.558 run at 317.72.
"We made an improvement on the E.T. today and that's what will help us win rounds tomorrow," Herbert said. "Because we hurt so many parts on Friday, I even lifted a little early on that last run, and that was our best time of the weekend. After a day like Friday when we struggled a little, it's great knowing that we got better before Sunday morning comes along."
Herbert will face Jack Beckman in the first round. Beckman turned in a 4.581 pass at 320.58 to earn the No. 11 qualifying position. It will be the first time the two drivers will face off in final eliminations.
"We've been getting down the track and that gives us a little confidence going into the first round but I can't stress how tough the cars are right now," Herbert said. "There are no easy draws so we have to be ready for anything."
Final eliminations will start at 11 a.m. Sunday.
All the action can be seen on ESPN2 starting with the qualifying show at 10:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. NHRA 2Day will air at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday followed by the eliminations at 8 p.m. (ET) that evening.