Brainerd: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

HERBERT READY FOR FINAL ROUND IN BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 13, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Center can't wait to line up for the final eliminations for the 24th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals ...

HERBERT READY FOR FINAL ROUND IN BRAINERD

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 13, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Center can't wait to line up for the final eliminations for the 24th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. After all the little issues they had throughout qualifying, Herbert can't wait to get back in the car and put a solid run on the track. Herbert drove the Top Fuel dragster to a 4.594-second pass at 317.27 mph during qualifying -- good enough for the No. 10 spot. The team, however, wasn't too happy with the performance on Saturday.

"We had some problems with the car today and every time it seemed like we fixed one thing, another problem came up," Herbert said. "Just when we thought we had the car ready to go for the fourth and final session, the lights go out on the tree. It was just a weird day and I can't wait to get back on the track Sunday morning." As soon as Herbert staged the car after the burnout, the lights on the Christmas Tree went out. The Snap-on team was forced to push the car back and take the time to refuel and prepare the car for the run again. "We needed to refuel but we were also concerned about the heat of the car," Herbert said. "We thought it got too hot, so we waited to run again until the rest of the field had run. Then after all that, we smoked the tires. "The good news is that we improved our time today during the first round and hopefully we are going to be ready to go first thing in the morning. The team is working real hard to make sure were ready."

Herbert will face Morgan Lucas for the fifth time this season. The season record is split, with two wins each. 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.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Morgan Lucas