Doug Herbert, Team Learn More in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Feb. 27, 2000 - Doug Herbert and his Snap-on Racing Top Fuel team continued their learning experiences during the NHRA Checkers Schuck's Kragen National's at Firebird Raceway Sunday. Performance-wise, crew chief Larry Frazier...

PHOENIX, Feb. 27, 2000 - Doug Herbert and his Snap-on Racing Top Fuel team continued their learning experiences during the NHRA Checkers Schuck's Kragen National's at Firebird Raceway Sunday.

Performance-wise, crew chief Larry Frazier and technology expert Dave Settles made the racecar more aggressive off the starting line in time for eliminations and the car responded. Herbert, the No. 6 qualifier, defeated Tim Gibson in the first round with a 4.786 at 287.47 mph before losing to Larry Dixon in the second round.

Herbert left the starting line first against Dixon (.461 to .495) but his engine began going sour and Dixon went by en route to a 4.711 at 313.51 win to Herbert's 4.974 at 235.76 mph.

"I had him covered before the engine started going away," Herbert said. "The tires started spinning about 300 feet. All in all, it was a pretty good weekend for us. Our Snap-on dragster is running better. I think we have a competitive racecar now."

During qualifying, Herbert ran three consecutive competitive times - 4.683, 4.728 and 4.683 seconds.

Herbert also learned a lesson about the NHRA's new oil down fines. He became the first driver penalized for leaving oil on the track after both the first and second rounds. The infractions cost him 20 Winston Series points and $2,000. Herbert now seventh with 87 points.

"Boy, not only do we blow up our engine, but we get fined money and lose points," he commented.

The next event, the Gatornationals, takes place March 17-19 at Gainesville, Fla.

Jim Bailey, driving Herbert's No. 2 Snap-on dragster that will compete in International Hot Rod Association races this year, qualified 15th in what was a test session for the first IHRA event. Bailey lost to Joe Amato in the first round.

Herbert qualified: No. 6, 4.683 seconds at 313.29 mph. First round: Herbert, 4.786 at 287.47 mph def. Tim Gibson; Quarterfinal: Larry Dixon def. Herbert.

Bailey qualified: No. 15, 4.725 seconds at 299.80 mph. First round: Amato def. Bailey.

Race winners: Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel; John Force , Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin Jr., Pro Stock.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Larry Dixon , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Tim Gibson