Gainesville Doug Herbert; failed executions and doused expectations

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 19, 2000 - The theory was good, Doug Herbert said. It was the execution that didn't work Sunday during the first round of the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. On his final qualifying attempt ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 19, 2000 - The theory was good, Doug Herbert said. It was the execution that didn't work Sunday during the first round of the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

On his final qualifying attempt Saturday, crew chief Larry Frazier and technology expert Dave Settles dialed in a 4.687-second run at 314.17 mph in Herbert's Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster. The time put him seventh and sent him against Don Lampus in round one.

"We basically didn't change the combination from Saturday to Sunday," said Herbert, "and thought it would run another 4.68. Apparently we overlooked something."

That "something" caused Herbert's tires to lose traction, slowing him to a 7.038 at 120.63 mph while Lampus won with a 4.773 at 295.46 mph.

"It's disappointing because we needed to do something to make up some of the points we lost at Phoenix," Herbert added. "We thought we were in pretty good shape after qualifying. The car didn't smoke the tires early in the run and we were far enough down the track that I was just thinking this was going to be good, but it wasn't."

After three of 23 NHRA events, Herbert is eighth with 120 points.

The next event, the SummitRacing.com Nationals, is scheduled April 7-9 at Las Vegas.

Qualified: No. 7, 4.687 seconds at 314.17 mph. First round: Don Lampus, 4.773 at 295.46 def. Herbert.

Race winners: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; Jerry Toliver, Funny Car; Warren Johnson, Pro Stock.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Doug Kalitta , Don Lampus , Jerry Toliver