Commerce: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

Herbert ready to drive Snap-on dragster four times COMMERCE, Ga. -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team are in the No. 8 position, ready to make four passes Sunday during final eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA ...

Herbert ready to drive Snap-on dragster four times

COMMERCE, Ga. -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team are in the No. 8 position, ready to make four passes Sunday during final eliminations at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.

Herbert drove to the fifth position during Friday's qualifying session, going 4.612 seconds at 319.52 mph. Due to persistent rain showers, the team had to wait for the fourth and final run a little longer, but the wait wasn't for nothing. They turned in another 4.61-run, going 4.611 at 319.29 to post his run of record.

"We were in the staging lanes, ready to make our final qualifying pass," Herbert said. "I was sitting in the car, waiting our turn and it started pouring rain. At that point I pretty much thought we were done with qualifying, but we got another chance to run and we were able to improve our time.

"I had hoped we would have been able to step on it a little more, but it's good that we went down the track. I think we are going to need to get the car moving a little quicker to win four rounds on Sunday but we have the technology to get it done."

Herbert said the team is capable of making an improvement in performance numbers.

"It's going to be hot on Sunday but I know these Snap-on crew guys will be ready," Herbert said. "We needed to change a few things before Sunday and most importantly, we attacked an area that wasn't working out for us and that is going to make us better."

Crew chief Rob Flynn said the car had too much power for the first run of the day.

"The car was too aggressive for the track," Flynn said. "We are trying to run some new parts and we are basically testing as we go through qualifying. The power was too much for the track conditions and the car smoked the tires.

"We weren't trying to run a 4.70-pass. We wanted to match the 4.61 we put down on Friday."

Herbert was the runner-up during the 2002 Atlanta national event. He will face David Baca in the first round. Baca turned in a 4.634 at 326.00 to take the No. 9 qualifying position.

"We're going to be the first pair down the track and that just means we have to be ready first," Herbert said. "I'm excited for the eliminations. This team is ready to put in a long day of work."

Final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. on Sunday. ESPN2 will air coverage of final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , David Baca