Doug Herbert St. Louis Preview

MADISON, Ill., June 19, 2000 - Doug Herbert can think of one good thing to say about losing in the first round - especially this week. "At least we don't have to wait long to get back to racing," said the driver of the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel ...

MADISON, Ill., June 19, 2000 - Doug Herbert can think of one good thing to say about losing in the first round - especially this week. "At least we don't have to wait long to get back to racing," said the driver of the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster.

Herbert will be strapped into his racecar again Thursday evening during the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. This is a night race, with qualifying Thursday and Friday and eliminations beginning Saturday afternoon at 4.

"We're still looking for a little racing luck. Maybe this will be good for us," said Herbert, from Cherryville, N.C. "Just in case, I'm bringing my son Jon. Hopefully he'll bring us some good fortune. We really haven't had any all year, and this is the 12th race."

Herbert's position in the standings hasn't changed, he's eighth with 410 points, but he admits his disposition has been a bit grumpy lately. "I was pretty discouraged after Sunday's race (Pontiac Excitement Nationals near Columbus, Ohio). Not only did we lose in the first round, but the engine kicked a rod out when I shut it off and we oiled down the racetrack. That means we were docked 10 points and it cost me a $1000 fine.

"When the crew was taking the motor apart later, they found out the hat fuel line broke on the run so the engine wasn't getting enough fuel," he added. "I'm glad we found the trouble. We certainly didn't want to go to St. Louis with a problem like that."

Herbert qualified eighth with a 4.733-second time on his last attempt at Columbus. In the first round, he lost a close one to David Grubnic, 4.745 at 304.64 to 4.768 at 309.34.

As a veteran driver, Herbert knows there one good cure for his state of mind - a race win, or two or three round wins in a row. He's ready for them.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , David Grubnic