Brainerd: Doug Herbert Friday summary

HERBERT TACKLES THE FIRST TWO QUALIFYING SESSIONS IN BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 12, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Center team came out firing on Friday at the 24th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at ...

HERBERT TACKLES THE FIRST TWO QUALIFYING SESSIONS IN BRAINERD

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 12, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Center team came out firing on Friday at the 24th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Herbert drove the Top Fuel dragster to a 4.615-second pass at 317.27 mph during the first of two sessions on Friday -- the low of the session. They smoked the tires on the second pass of the day, something they knew might happen.

"Wayne (Dupuy, crew chief) asked me if I wanted to run a 4.55 or if I wanted us to throw it all out at the track and go for the top qualifying position. I told him no question that I wanted us to go for it. We did and it didn't work out. I think we just overpowered the track but that doesn't mean we didn't learn something."

Still, the team is No. 7 with two sessions remaining Saturday.

"We can run in the 4.50s tomorrow, no problem," Herbert said. "The weather could actually be a lot better. The forecast calls for lower temperatures and we know we are capable of improving on the 4.61. That was like a race day run. The night runs are fun for the fans and can be really exciting, but they are usually more ego than anything else.

"We worked on a race day setup today and that's going to pay off on Sunday. This team gets better and better every weekend. We earned a runner-up finish at the last race and I know we are ahead of the game already this weekend."

Qualifying starts at noon for Top Fuel, continuing at 3 p.m. before final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

ESPN2 will air all the racing this weekend. Qualifying can be seen at 6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday while the eliminations can be seen at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day will start at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday.

-dhr-

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