Denver: Doug Herbert Friday summary

Herbert turns in a quick day of racing at Bandimere Speedway DENVER (July 15, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team are on a quest to conquer the mountain. The NHRA POWERade series completed the first two sessions of ...

Herbert turns in a quick day of racing at Bandimere Speedway

DENVER (July 15, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team are on a quest to conquer the mountain.

The NHRA POWERade series completed the first two sessions of qualifying Friday at Bandimere Speedway. Qualifying for the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals continues Saturday, allowing the Snap-on team two more passes before Sunday's elimination rounds.

Herbert drove the Snap-on dragster to a 4.732-second pass at 304.46 mph for the No. 8 position after two rounds.

"We dropped a cylinder early in the second run," Herbert said. "We're qualified and racing on Sunday and we haven't made a great pass yet. Today was a lot cooler than we will see on Sunday so if we can repeat these times during the heat of the day, we will be a happy team."

At 5,860 feet above sea level, Bandimere Speedway has its own data notebook in the team's hauler. Without question, it is a tricky place to race.

"Denver is always a learning curve," Herbert said. "Every year we come here it's a challenge to make a good pass and even more difficult to make a great pass. I think we have an advantage in our corner because we have Wayne Dupuy tuning the car. Wayne knows what he's doing, especially up on the mountain."

Dupuy joined the team just before the event at St. Louis three weeks ago. Dupuy helped his former team win at this track in 2002 -- something Herbert is anxious to repeat.

"Dupuy has a lot of experience at this track," Herbert said. "He has worked real hard since joining the team and I think he's going to get this Snap-on Tools dragster working the way he wants it pretty quickly."

Herbert turned in a 4.743 at 292.14 during the first session.

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, also on ESPN2.

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