HOUSTON -- Doug Herbert has a new car, a game plan and is ready for Sunday's elimination rounds at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. He has a new car and some pretty good data to go with it from four rounds of...
HOUSTON -- Doug Herbert has a new car, a game plan and is ready for Sunday's elimination rounds at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
He has a new car and some pretty good data to go with it from four rounds of qualifying. Herbert drove his Snap-on Tools dragster to the No. 3 spot of Top Fuel qualifying with a best pass of 4.505-seconds at 328.14 mph earned during the second session Friday.
"I feel pretty good about Sunday because this entire team keeps working to make the car run quicker and faster and it shows every week," Herbert said. "The first two runs of qualifying (Friday) were great and I think the conditions just changed too much, too quickly today and we came close, but we missed on the tune-up on both runs today."
The team is racing a new McKinney car this weekend. Herbert made some test passes in the car after Gainesville (March 21). This is the first time the car has been used in pro competition.
"Any time you have anything new, it takes a little while to get everything set up the way you want," Herbert said. "We've made small changes to the levers, little things like that. It's a great car. I'm more comfortable in the new car than I was in the last car already."
Herbert won the Houston event in 1999 and will face Bruce Litton in the first round.
"Houston would be a great place to win again and I think we've got a competitive car and (crew chief) Rob Flynn and (tuning consultant) Jim Brissette have a good tune-up.
"I think we've got to run in the 4.50s all day to win. Today we tried to step it up and run a little too hard. Tomorrow we're going to go up with the mind set of running consistently in the 4.50-range and if we can do that, I think we can win all day long."
All the action can be seen on ESPN2 starting tonight with qualifying footage at 7 p.m. (ET). Final eliminations will start at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.