Herbert out early at rain-plagued Atlanta event ATLANTA, post-race: Doug Herbert had hoped his performance during qualifying would translate into a win on Sunday. Unfortunately, the driver of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance dragster...
Herbert out early at rain-plagued Atlanta event
ATLANTA, post-race: Doug Herbert had hoped his performance during qualifying would translate into a win on Sunday. Unfortunately, the driver of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance dragster faltered in the first round at the NHRA Southern Nationals after running well during most of the weekend's qualifying at Atlanta Dragway.
Sunday's weather started out cold and damp with a light rain falling throughout the morning into the afternoon. Herbert qualified the Snap-on Tools in the top half of the field for the third time in the last four races with a 4.563 at 324.75 mph. The 4.56 was the second quickest run of the final qualifying session and good enough to nail down the No. 8 spot.
Herbert was scheduled to duel it out with Morgan Lucas in round one. By the time the rain had stopped early in the afternoon, most of the weekend's rubber was washed away, leaving a green racing surface. Herbert and Lucas also had the unenviable task of being the first pair down of cars to go down the track after the lengthy showers. Herbert left the starting line first, but slowed near the 330-foot mark. Lucas drove to a fiery victory with a 4.715 at 272.78 to Herbert's disappointing 6.607 at 125.83 mph.
"We went up there and just made the wrong guess on the tune-up," said a disappointed Herbert. "It's unfortunate after as well as we ran yesterday to have trouble today. The Snap-on team has plenty of potential to win races but we're not showing that right now. We're going to test some more, work hard and get where we need to be."