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Herbert working hard to regain winning performance in Atlanta ATLANTA, pre-race: Snap-on Tools Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert knew that his team was taking a chance running a brand new car at last weekend's race in Bristol. But it was a gamble...

Herbert working hard to regain winning performance in Atlanta

ATLANTA, pre-race: Snap-on Tools Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert knew that his team was taking a chance running a brand new car at last weekend's race in Bristol. But it was a gamble that he and veteran crew chief Wayne Dupuy felt they needed to take to gain the performance edge Herbert needed to keep pace with his Top Fuel competitors.

Herbert was able to qualify the Snap-on dragster for his 53 consecutive national event but new car gremlins led to a first round loss. The team stayed in Bristol and tested on Monday and Herbert seemed to be pleased with the results and feeling much more comfortable heading into this weekend's NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Herbert considers Atlanta one of his home tracks, with his shop located only 120 miles from the facility.

"We got a few laps in and learned a little more about the new car," said Herbert. "Wayne and the Snap-on team will work non-stop until we have the car set up to run quick. I am eager to see what we can do at Atlanta Dragway.

Herbert has experience good fortune at Atlanta Dragway in the past. The 38-year-old North Carolinian made one of his 21 career final round appearances in Atlanta in 2002, where he was runner-up to eventual world champion Larry Dixon. With Herbert still clinging to the 9th place in the POWERade Drag Racing Series points standings, a win in Atlanta would vault Herbert back into serious contention for the championship and give the Snap-on Tools needed a much needed momentum boost heading into the heart of the NHRA schedule.

Herbert will have some added support at the track on Saturday when Herbert and his son James will host his son's Boy Scott Troop #313 for the day.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon