Herbert Looking for Lady Luck in Dallas Doug Herbert and the SnaponFranchise.com Top Fuel dragster will head to the Lone Star State this weekend, Sept. 18-21, to compete in the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals from the ...
Herbert Looking for Lady Luck in Dallas
Doug Herbert and the SnaponFranchise.com Top Fuel dragster will head to the Lone Star State this weekend, Sept. 18-21, to compete in the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals from the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Texas. This event is the second race in the six-race playoffs, known as the Countdown to 1.
At last weekend's inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals Herbert qualified in the top half of the field for the fifth consecutive event and logged his quickest qualifying pass since Sonoma in July. The Snap-on team moved up one position in the points standings as a result of their quarterfinal appearance.
Heading into the event at Dallas, the team is currently seventh in the NHRA Top Fuel point standings with five events left in the 2008 season. They sit only 28 points behind sixth-place Rod Fuller and 31 points back from Hillary Will. This is the highest points position for the Snap-on team since the season opener in Pomona, Calif.
Dallas is a track where Herbert has seen success in the past. The NHRA veteran holds the track E.T. record for the Top Fuel class at the Texas Motorplex. He set the record, 4.441 seconds, in October of 2005.
"Dallas is fast, it's all concrete so it makes for some fast racing. It's been interesting for me, I've had a lot of luck there but it's been both good and bad luck. Holding the E.T. record at the Motorplex is pretty cool, that's been one of the good luck things. One of the bad ones was in 1992 when I had a really rough crash there. I'm just hoping lady luck is on my side this weekend."
"Last weekend was great but we had a lot going on and at times it got hard to focus on what we're at the track to do, which is race and win. It's a really important time right now. There are only these five races left until they crown a champion, and if you don't start earning points right off the bat then you'll be out of championship contention before you know it."
"We're in the chase for the championship now and it's just time to win. Moving up to seventh in the points at Charlotte was great but we're not done yet. We want to keep moving up until we're number one. We've got to go out there and win. Our whole team is ready; we all understand the importance of winning right now."