Bristol: Doug Herbert preview

Herbert eager to return to Thunder Valley BRISTOL, pre-race: Doug Herbert is excited about this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at beautiful Bristol Dragway in eastern Tennessee. The driver of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert ...

Herbert eager to return to Thunder Valley

BRISTOL, pre-race: Doug Herbert is excited about this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at beautiful Bristol Dragway in eastern Tennessee. The driver of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Top Fuel dragster has enjoyed a mountain of success over the years at Thunder Valley and it ranks as one of Herbert's favorite racing facilities.

Herbert began his long string of success at Bristol Dragway back in 1992 when he drove to the first Top Fuel victory of his career at the IHRA Spring Nationals. 'Dougzilla' went on to dominate the Bristol quarter-mile, winning the Top Fuel title six times in a row between 1992 and 1997. It's easy to see why Bristol Dragway is one of Herbert's favorite race tracks.

"I love racing at Bristol," said Herbert from his Lincolnton, North Carolina shop. "It's where I won my very first race so it will always be special. There are a lot of Snap-on Tools employees in Elizabethton and Johnson City so we always have a big turn out of fans, which makes the race plenty of fun."

After a two week break the POWERade Drag Racing Series returns to action in Bristol in the midst of a red hot early season point's battle in Top Fuel. Herbert is currently in 8th in standings, less than one round win (20 points) from vaulting back into the Top 5. The Snap-on Tools team has racked up a pair of semifinal finishes during the first five races and they continue to adjust to the new Goodyear tire that became mandatory for use in competition in Gainesville.

"The break gave us a chance to work on the car and it gave Wayne (Dupuy) some more time to get everything the way he wants," said Herbert. "The Snap-on dragster is running well but we haven't reached our full potential yet. Wayne and the crew are very committed and I feel confident that they'll get a handle on the tune up and we'll be contending for the championship as the season rolls on."

Herbert will kick off his weekend in Bristol on Thursday by participating in the 3rd annual Bristol Dragway Golf Tournament that helps children's organizations throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Herbert will join a handful of NHRA drivers as they vie for the honor of taking home 'The Darrell Russell Cup'.

Snap-on Tools Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchised dealer van, company-direct sales and distributor channels, as well as over the Internet at snapon.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2-billion-plus, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 11,500 people worldwide.

Herbert also receives associate sponsorship support from Racebricks collectibles. Racebricks sell uniquely crafted 3-dimensional die-glass collectibles, featuring laser etched race cars inside optically pure glass. They are available for a variety of drivers including the Snap-on dragster of Doug Herbert. You can learn more at racebricks.com.

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