Snap-On Racing Report:
Herbert Unhappy With Quarterfinal Finish, But Happy With Seventh Place In Standings
POMONA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2001 - Doug Herbert's 2001 NHRA season ended a few rounds earlier than he preferred, but he still managed to finish seventh in points following Sunday's Auto Club Finals at Pomona Raceway.
Herbert was kept waiting at the starting line against Clay Millican in the quarterfinal round, a fact that didn't set well with the Cherryville, N.C. driver. "We ran out of fuel (on the run)," Herbert said. "We waited 135 seconds for him to stage. Maybe he would've beaten us anyway, but (having to wait that long) wasn't right. When the engine runs out of fuel there's nothing you can do."
Herbert's engine expired during the run and he slowed to 4.668 seconds at 309.84 mph while Millican won with a 4.633 at 311.20 mph.
"We do have something wrong in the engine because it blew up in the first round (when he defeated Don Lampus with a 4.649 at 308.57 to an 11.327 at 76.90)," added Herbert, who was guaranteed seventh-place when Tony Schumacher, his closest rival, lost in the first round.
Herbert totaled 1127 points while equaling his best top 10 finish. He was seventh in 1999.
Herbert, who won the NHRA's 50th Anniversary race at Pomona in July, was the No. 4 starter after qualifying with a 4.555 at 325.06 mph.
The next event, the Winternationals, kicks off the 2002 campaign Feb. 7-10 at Pomona Raceway.
Qualified: No. 4, 4.555 seconds at 325.06 mph.
Herbert, 4.649 at 308.57 def. Don Lampus
Clay Millican def. Herbert