Denver: Herbert moves into seventh place in Top Fuel

Snap-On Racing News . . . Herbert's Semifinal Finish At Mile-Highs Boosts Him Into Seventh Place In Winston Top Fuel Standings MORRISON, Colo., July 22, 2001 - Doug Herbert accomplished one important goal at Bandimere Speedway this weekend. He...

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Herbert's Semifinal Finish At Mile-Highs Boosts Him Into Seventh Place In Winston Top Fuel Standings

MORRISON, Colo., July 22, 2001 - Doug Herbert accomplished one important goal at Bandimere Speedway this weekend. He climbed into seventh place in NHRA Winston Series Top Fuel points.

In doing so, the driver of the Snap-on Racing dragster advanced to the semifinals of the Mile-High Nationals at one of the most scenic tracks on the tour. It's also the one that causes the most headaches. The supercharged engines can't make as much power in the thin air as they do at sea level, forcing changes to the normal engine-clutch combinations.

"We made big changes, backing the engine down so the car would go down the track without smoking the tires," said Herbert. "I couldn't believe it took that much."

Herbert and crew chief Larry Frazier coaxed enough performance out of the dragster to beat David Grubnic with a 5.020-second, 289.07-mph run in the first round and a 4.998 at 281.83 to upset No. 2 qualifier and current series point leader Kenny Bernstein in the quarterfinal.

Then, in a tire-smoking semifinal, Larry Dixon edged Herbert, 5.261 to 5.389. Dixon went on to win the race.

"Unfortunately we smoked the tires first and he was about 100 feet past me before his smoked, so his car had more momentum than mine," Herbert recalled. "I tried to catch him, but I couldn't."

Herbert came into this event - the first of three successive weeks of racing - battling Tony Schumacher for the seventh spot. But Herbert made it to the semis and Schumacher was ousted in the quarterfinal, so Herbert now has an eight-point advantage, 753-745.

"We had a decent weekend," said Herbert, who was coming off a win at Pomona, Calif. (July 7). "We let a round win get away (against Dixon) but we went down trying."

Herbert and the Snap-on team will return to sea level - and their regular performance combination - this weekend in the Prolong Northwest Nationals at Seattle. <pre> Qualified: No. 11, 4.964 at seconds at 272.67 mph.

First round: Herbert, 5.020 at 289.07 def. David Grubnic; Quarterfinal: Herbert, 4.998 at 281.83 def. Kenny Bernstein; Semifinal: Larry Dixon def. Herbert

Race winners: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Warren Johnson, Pro Stock

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Warren Johnson , John Force , Tony Schumacher , David Grubnic