Pomona: Doug Herbert eliminations summary

Herbert satisfied following season-opening Winternationals. POMONA, Calif., February 9, 2003 - Despite a mechanically-induced loss in the quarterfinals of the K&N Winternationals Sunday at Pomona Raceway, Doug Herbert still liked the performance...

Herbert satisfied following season-opening Winternationals.

POMONA, Calif., February 9, 2003 - Despite a mechanically-induced loss in the quarterfinals of the K&N Winternationals Sunday at Pomona Raceway, Doug Herbert still liked the performance of his Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster.

Herbert registered his quickest run of the year - 4.588 seconds - in a first-round victory over David Baca, then had to watch in disappointment as a dead cylinder led to a blower explosion and a loss to Clay Millican.

"I saw stuff flying over the car as I was backing up from the burn out," said Herbert, "and I knew our chances were terminal." Millican went on to a 4.567-second, 328.62-mph win while Herbert coasted through in 13.030 at 55.87 mph. "I think it would've been a close race if we'd had the opportunity to run him."

Crew chief Ron Douglas' inspection discovered an apparent wayward piece of metal was inside the engine and whacked the two spark plugs in the No. 8 cylinder, rendering them useless. "Now that's a strange one," said Douglas. "We need to find out where the metal came from."

Herbert's pleasure came from his consistent performances during the weekend. He did go down the track on all four qualifying runs with a best of 4.611 seconds and a worst of 4.861 seconds. He also posted the second-best time of the opening round.

That 4.861 time came, unfortunately, in the opening round of Sunday's special Bud Shootout, enabling Larry Dixon to take the win with a 4.591.

"We're on the right track," added Herbert. "We did get past the first round here and are No. 6 in points."

The Snap-on team returns to action at Phoenix, Feb. 21-23.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Clay Millican , Larry Dixon , David Baca