Columbus: Doug Herbert eliminations summary

Herbert, Snap-On team finish second at National Trail Raceway. KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio, June 16, 2002 - Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel team advanced to the final round for the second time in the last four races Sunday and moved into a...

Herbert, Snap-On team finish second at National Trail Raceway.

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio, June 16, 2002 - Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel team advanced to the final round for the second time in the last four races Sunday and moved into a battle for fifth place in NHRA Powerade Series standings.

There was a bit of déjà vu in this visit to the title round of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway because he met, and lost, to Larry Dixon. Dixon continues to be the hottest Top Fuel driver on the circuit. It was Dixon who ended Herbert's victory hopes in the finale at Atlanta last month and stopped the Cherryville, N.C. driver in the semifinals two weeks ago at Joliet, Ill.

Despite the loss, it was a good weekend for Herbert, crew chief Johnny West and the Snap-on crew. Herbert started fourth in this race, his highest position of the campaign, following a 4.625-second, 313.73 mph run in Saturday's first session. He followed with a 4.690 to conclude a consistent effort on a very tricky National Trail asphalt.

"We changed blowers for this race and it took Johnny a few runs to get things figured out," Herbert said. "I think we are definitely going in the right direction and I think using the new blowers helped."

Herbert also had some good fortune go his way a couple of times. The car smoked the tires hard at the starting line and he coasted to a 14.115-second, 49.25 mph first-round win when Chris Karamesines fouled away his chances at the line.

Herbert then knocked out Doug Kalitta with a 4.788 to a 4.796 and advanced to his 14th career final on a single run when Shirley Muldowney failed to show for the run. She'd had mechanical problems and couldn't repair her car in time for the run.

In the final, it was all Dixon because Herbert's car lost traction early. Dixon thundered through with a 4.619 at 319.14 to Herbert's 6.278 at 163.61.

Herbert is now seventh with 539 points, 29 behind Darrell Russell and 41 behind fifth-place Kalitta with 12 of 23 races remaining.

The next event is the Craftsman Nationals, June 28-30, at St. Louis.

Qualified: No. 4, 4.625 seconds at 313.73 mph

First round: Herbert, 14.115 at 49.25 def. Karamesines, foul; Quarterfinals: Herbert, 4.786 at 302.21 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.796 at 300.13; Semifinals: Herbert, 4.756 at 302.35 def. Shirley Muldowney, no show; Finals: Dixon, 4.619 at 319.14 def. Herbert, 6.278 at 163.61.

Pro Winners: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; Ron Capps, Funny Car; Greg Anderson, Pro Stock

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Shirley Muldowney , Larry Dixon , Ron Capps , Doug Kalitta , Chris Karamesines