HERBERT HUNGRY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IN ATLANTA Commerce, Ga., (April 25, 2007) -- Doug Herbert and his Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team look to make things happen this weekend at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga. A dismal beginning to the...
HERBERT HUNGRY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IN ATLANTA
Commerce, Ga., (April 25, 2007) -- Doug Herbert and his Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team look to make things happen this weekend at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga. A dismal beginning to the 2007 NHRA POWERade season has left Herbert and his team hungry to prove their abilities.
"We have everything we need to be contenders," said Herbert, "and our performance so far this season hasn't shown it. We tested on Monday after Las Vegas, and we're encouraged by what we learned. Now it's just a matter of putting all those pieces in the right place at the right time. This weekend is our weekend to make it happen."
After five races of the 23 race season, Herbert sits in an uncomfortable 15th position with 116 points, but just six rounds outside the all important eighth points' position. In the new Countdown to the Championship playoff format, the top eight teams will have their points reset and begin the next step in the battle for the championship after the first 17 races of the season. With only 12 races left to get into one of the top eight spots, Herbert knows its time to get down to business.
"We've spent the first five races of the season learning," said Herbert. "It's time for us to put everything we've learned together and go fast. I know Jim Brissette, Dave Fletcher and everyone else on the team are working hard to put it all together. None of us like being in 15th position. It's not where we want to be.
"With the exception of a runner-up showing in 2002, we haven't really done a whole lot down in Atlanta. It's time for us to have some success, and what better place to start than at a track so close to home. We'll have lots of friends, family and employees around this weekend, and we would like to make them proud."
With his home and business in Lincolnton, N.C., just a few short hours from Atlanta Dragway, 39-year-old Herbert will be hosting many friends, relatives and employees this weekend.
Also on hand will be Boy Scouts from Troop 313, of which his son, James, is a member. An Eagle Scout himself, Herbert looks forward to hosting the Boy Scouts and teaching them about what it takes to race the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster.
"I'm glad James and the other Scouts will be here this weekend," said Herbert. "Getting to show them things about the car and racing in general is a lot of fun. The only thing that could make it better would be celebrating with them in winner's circle."