Denver: Doug Herbert eliminations summary

Herbert finishes in quarterfinals at Mile-High. MORRISON, Colo., July 21, 2002 - Doug Herbert was pleased with his performance in the mile-high altitude of the Denver area, especially after reeling off his two best runs of the weekend Sunday ...

Herbert finishes in quarterfinals at Mile-High.

MORRISON, Colo., July 21, 2002 - Doug Herbert was pleased with his performance in the mile-high altitude of the Denver area, especially after reeling off his two best runs of the weekend Sunday during Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals eliminations at Bandimere Speedway.

Crew chief Johnny West tuned the car to its best run of the weekend in the second round against Cory McClenathan, but it wasn't enough to get the win. McClenathan, meanwhile, went on to finish second.

Herbert's 4.915-second, 297.48-mph effort kept him next to McClenathan's winning 4.886 at 294.11. It was close all the way.

"It was a good race against McClenathan, we were just on the wrong end of it," Herbert said. "We saved our best for last . . . how bad can you feel? We had a respectable weekend and had good runs today, even the 5.087 in the first round."

Herbert was surprised by the time which, at that point, was his weekend best. "I was on and off the throttle three times" he remarked after beating Andrew Cowin.

"Now we are looking forward to going to Seattle and getting back to sea level to see if we can run in the 4.50s and 4.60s (seconds) again," Herbert added. "It was tough in Denver, with the heat and the altitude, and I feel it was a good performance. We'll have some things to tune from when we come back here next year."

Herbert began the day from 12th place after a qualifying with a best of 5.105 seconds. The engine was dropping cylinders and had a balky blower belt on the first three runs.

With 13 of 23 races completed, Herbert has 648 points and is seventh, 25 points behind Doug Kalitta.

The NHRA POWERade Series continues with the Northwest Nationals, the second of three straight races on the traditional Western swing, Friday through Sunday at Pacific Raceways in Kent. It ends with the Fram/Autolite Nationals at Sonoma, Calif., Aug. 2-4.

Qualified: No. 14, 5.105 seconds at 285.53 mph; First round: Herbert, 5.087 at 282.84 def. Andrew Cowin, 5.181 at 275.56; Quarterfinals: Cory McClenathan def. Herbert

Pro Winners - Darrell Russell, Top Fuel; Del Worsham, Funny Car; Mike Edwards, Pro Stock

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Del Worsham , Doug Kalitta , Andrew Cowin , Cory McClenathan