Richmond: Doug Herbert final report

HERBERT MAKES SEMIFINAL SHOWING RICHMOND, Va. (October 7, 2007) Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools team made their third semifinal appearance of the season this weekend at the 2nd annual Torco Racing Fuels Nationals. The first round of...

HERBERT MAKES SEMIFINAL SHOWING

RICHMOND, Va. (October 7, 2007) Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools team made their third semifinal appearance of the season this weekend at the 2nd annual Torco Racing Fuels Nationals.

The first round of racing action pitted Herbert against Hillary Will. After leaving the starting line at almost the exact same moment, Herbert quickly took the lead and never looked back. The Snap-on rail car sailed through the lights in 4.65 seconds at 306.40 mph, besting Will's 4.69 pass at 298.47 mph.

Herbert lined up beside Morgan Lucas for the right to race in the semifinals. He piloted the Snap-on dragster straight down the track for another win light, this time a 4.62 second pass at 314.68 mph beating Lucas' 4.67 at 310.05 and earning him lane choice in the next round.

Semifinal action brought Herbert head to head with Melanie Troxel. The two drivers, who last faced each other in the final round at Memphis, were neck and neck down the track until the Snap-on Tools dragster smoked the tires. Herbert back pedaled to regain traction, but Troxel had maintained traction and took the win with a 4.64 second pass.

The semifinal appearance by Herbert moved him into the No. 6 position in points. With four other teams locked into the Countdown to One after the first round, Herbert's goal now becomes finishing fifth in points, ahead of all other drivers once battling to get in the Countdown to One.

"This has been a good weekend for us," said Herbert. "The car ran good, we went to the semis, and moved up to sixth in points.

"We are still stinging from Dallas. If we had done better there, we could be fighting for the championship. We didn't get it done, though, and now we will be fighting for fifth.

"All in all, I'm proud of the guys on the team and what we have done this year. We have two races left in the season, and we plan on winning them both."

-credit: dhr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Melanie Troxel , Morgan Lucas , Hillary Will