Englishtown: Doug Herbert final summary

Snap-on team looking for turnaround in St. Louis ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) -- Doug Herbert is the father of two sons and one daughter but he didn't want three presents, he just wanted one: A victory at the 36th annual K&N Filters NHRA ...

Snap-on team looking for turnaround in St. Louis

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) -- Doug Herbert is the father of two sons and one daughter but he didn't want three presents, he just wanted one: A victory at the 36th annual K&N Filters NHRA Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Herbert and the Snap-on team were willing to work all day to make his wish come true but his wish wasn't answered this time.

Herbert drove the Snap-on Tools dragster to a 4.733-second pass at 310.13 mph during the first round while opponent Dave Grubnic posted the win with a 4.530 at 322.73.

"It's really disappointing but we didn't qualify well and that caused us problems from the start and unfortunately, we don't get another chance here. We just have to move on," Herbert said. "The only problem with drag racing is that there are no second chances and there aren't any pit stops. Either you're good, or you're gone.

"That was the only thing I wanted for Father's Day, but I guess the kids and I will have to celebrate on another weekend."

As soon as the Snap-on Tools dragster rolled back into the pit area, Herbert went to work with the team. They spent time discussing the game plan for the next race in hopes of breaking a two-race first round losing streak.

"We got the team together and we discussed a lot of things and I believe we have come up with the best approach for St. Louis," Herbert said. "We needed to get a few things sorted out and we spent a good amount of time going over some areas that we all know need work. I think it's going to help us a lot and I think the results from our team meetings will be good."

Herbert, the 1999 runner-up here in Englishtown knows why the schedule is 23 weekends long.

"It takes so much work and effort to make a car that can produce 8,000 horsepower go down the track," Herbert said. "We had hoped we would be ahead of the game as far as our performance goes but that's something we have control over and we're going to keep working hard and get this Snap-on Tools dragster some round victories soon."

ESPN will air coverage of final eliminations in high definition today at 4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

The next NHRA POWERade Series event is the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. Pro qualifying for the three-day night event starts Friday.

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