Columbus: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

Herbert aiming to be the first 16th seed to post a victory this season KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio -- None of the winners in this early NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season have won a race from the No. 16 qualifying spot so far. If there is a time to be a ...

Herbert aiming to be the first 16th seed to post a victory this season

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio -- None of the winners in this early NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season have won a race from the No. 16 qualifying spot so far. If there is a time to be a trendsetter, now is as good a time as any other.

Karen Stoffer won the Houston Pro Stock Motorcycle event from the No. 15 spot, the furthest down the ladder a winner has qualified. Doug Herbert has the No. 16 spot going into the final eliminations for the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway, and he's looking to be the first 16th seed to go rounds.

"Being the No. 16 qualifier isn't exactly where you want to be going in to Sunday's eliminations, but at least we're qualified," Herbert, a two-time Columbus winner (1993, '99), said. "Sometimes you can learn a lot from the runs that don't stick, so hopefully we will be ready for first round tomorrow.

"Just because no one has been able to win from the 16th spot this season doesn't mean it's impossible. There is a reason why we come out here to race and it's to be competitive and see what can happen."

Still Herbert was disappointed with the qualifying sessions. The best run for the Snap-on Tools dragster was a 5.015-second pass at 299.80 mph.

"Qualifying on Saturday is so important because the conditions are usually pretty similar to what we see on Sunday," Herbert said. "It is important to get the data and I'm hoping we got the tire-smoking runs out of our system."

All the action can be seen on ESPN2. Qualifying will air at 11 p.m. (ET) on Saturday and final eliminations will start at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Karen Stoffer