Phoenix: Doug Herbert preview

Herbert Happy to Get Back into Snap-on Dragster This Weekend CHANDLER, Ariz., March 3, 2004 - A rain-delayed start to the 2004 NHRA POWERade Series season forced competitors into back-to-back races - from Pomona, Calif., to Firebird Raceway in...

Herbert Happy to Get Back into Snap-on Dragster This Weekend

CHANDLER, Ariz., March 3, 2004 - A rain-delayed start to the 2004 NHRA POWERade Series season forced competitors into back-to-back races - from Pomona, Calif., to Firebird Raceway in the Phoenix area - something Doug Herbert doesn't mind.

"At least we don't have to wait long to get back in the car and go after a race win," said Herbert. "We were disappointed we didn't get past the first round at Pomona. We'll try to do better than that in Phoenix."

Herbert's Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster will begin qualifying for the Checkers Schuck's Kragen Nationals, March 5-7, Friday afternoon.

"We didn't win a round at Pomona but the car's performance has shown a lot of promise," Herbert commented. "We are going to keep getting better. Ed (McCulloch, the team's tuner) is dedicated. Three of the five runs we made at Pomona were good runs and we'll be getting better and better as the season goes along.

"As a driver and team owner, I go into each race wanting to win. Our goal is to win races and the championship," continued Herbert. "The way I look at it, we're only four rounds out of the lead. There's plenty of time left this year to get things going."

This will be Herbert's second visit to Firebird Raceway in a month; something he thinks should help, too.

"We tested a there a couple weeks ago and Ed will be able to use the race track information he gathered then," said the Cherryville, N.C.-based driver.

Herbert qualified ninth (4.568 seconds) for last week's Winternationals but lost in the opening round when the car spun the tires against Larry Dixon. His top qualifying speed of 325.22 mph came close to his career best of 325.69 mph.

Qualifying sessions are slated for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TV Times:
Saturday, ESPN2, two-hour qualifying, 11 p.m. ET
Sunday, ESPN2, three-hour eliminations, 7 p.m. ET

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