ENNIS, Texas, Nov. 4, 2000 - The rain-delayed O'Reilly Fall Nationals became only the second race in NHRA history to be run on one day Saturday. Doug Herbert, unfortunately, wasn't able to stay around too long. Rain first postponed the race...
ENNIS, Texas, Nov. 4, 2000 - The rain-delayed O'Reilly Fall Nationals became only the second race in NHRA history to be run on one day Saturday. Doug Herbert, unfortunately, wasn't able to stay around too long.
Rain first postponed the race for two weeks, then washed out Friday's qualifying, so NHRA officials opted to start the drivers based on point standings. Herbert, No. 9, moved up one notch because Tony Schumacher was absent and met Don Lampus in the first round.
They became the first pair of Top Fuel dragsters to run on the Texas Motorplex's all-concrete track at this race. Herbert pedaled the throttle twice on the run and stopped the timers at 4.836 seconds at 298.27 mph, but Lampus won with a 4.828 at 302.01 mph.
"The tires shook real bad and I had to pedal once," said Herbert. "When I got back in the throttle the tires shook again so I pedaled it again, then it hooked up. It was a disappointing finish, especially after waiting so long to race.
"It was tough being in the first pair on the track but everybody was equal in the first round."
Herbert did clinch the eighth and final position for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at Pomona, Calif., a special event that pays $100,000 to the winner. He races Gary Scelzi in the opening round. The eight drivers earning the most qualifying points at the season's first 22 races are eligible.
Herbert is ninth with 892 points going into the Finals.
The only other NHRA race competed in one day was the 1977 Fallnationals at Seattle.
Qualified: No. 8 based on point standings
First round: Don Lampus def. Herbert
Top Fuel - Cory McClenathan
Funny Car - John Force
Pro Stock - Kurt Johnson
Auto Club Finals, Pomona, Calif., Nov. 9-12