Seattle: Doug Herbert final summary

Snap-on Tools team working overtime to get the bugs out SEATTLE (July 24, 2005) -- The Snap-on Tools team might not have much extra time on their hands this week. They are a determined bunch and they are determined to be ready to turn heads when...

Snap-on Tools team working overtime to get the bugs out

SEATTLE (July 24, 2005) -- The Snap-on Tools team might not have much extra time on their hands this week. They are a determined bunch and they are determined to be ready to turn heads when the next race starts in Sonoma, Calif. on Friday.

Doug Herbert and the Snap-on team suffered a first round loss Sunday at the 18th annual CARQUEST NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Herbert turned in a 4.673-second pass at 316.38 while opponent Scott Kalitta went 4.581 at 324.28.

The entire team returned to the pits with a renewed attitude toward fixing the car.

"We don't take losing very well in this camp only because we have such high expectations and we know we could and should be doing better," Herbert said. "This is unacceptable to me and it's just as disappointing to (crew chief) Wayne Dupuy. We're a little down about the loss, but we know what needs to happen to make the situation better."

The solution started moments after the Snap-on Tools dragster was pulled back into the pits. Dupuy and the crew will strip the car and attack each part, piece and component, searching for what has kept the Top Fuel entry from winner's circle.

"Wayne wants to tear the car down and find the bug that is hurting us right now," Herbert said. "He is such a determined individual and I'm glad he's on my team. He will get this car competitive; I have no doubt about it."

"Once they are done getting the car ready, we are all going to head to Sonoma and battle to repeat our 2002 victory there."

More than anything, Herbert wants to meet the team's expectations.

"We are a top five team but we just aren't turning in a top five performance right now," Herbert said. "We're going to work to get back there and no one on this team has a problem with that."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) tonight.

The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing event is the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Pro qualifying starts Friday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Scott Kalitta