Gainesville: Doug Herbert preview

Herbert ready for blazing speeds of Gainesville Raceway GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Doug Herbert recorded a career-best elapsed time and speed at the season opening NHRA event at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway in February. Two weeks later in Phoenix,...

Herbert ready for blazing speeds of Gainesville Raceway

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Doug Herbert recorded a career-best elapsed time and speed at the season opening NHRA event at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway in February.

Two weeks later in Phoenix, Herbert and the Snap-on Tools dragster improved those numbers for another career-best weekend.

Now the team is headed for the 36th annual Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway, March 17-20, and Herbert is nothing short of anxious.

Is it nervous anxiety? Not even close. Herbert just wants to go faster than ever.

"Gainesville Raceway is notoriously fast and our car is running well, so it makes sense that the entire team is ready and waiting for the Gatornationals to start," Herbert said. "We're looking forward to going there and running another personal best. If we have good atmospheric conditions, I don't see why we can't beat the great times we put down at the first two events of the year.

"We were the runner-up at the Gatornationals in 1999 and I think it's time we just make it all the way to winner's circle. This team has proved that we can be ultra competitive and I'm looking forward to making a run at the win."

Herbert is currently fifth in the NHRA POWERade point standings. He was the runner-up in Pomona and a quarterfinalist at Phoenix. Still, he has four round victories after two events. It took him six races to win four rounds in 2004.

The positive results have created a happy Herbert, but also higher expectations.

"I think (crew chief) Rob Flynn and (tuning consultant) Jim Brissette are doing a great job with this team," Herbert said. "We need to win because the guys have worked hard for it and they have produced some great results in a short amount of time. I'm proud of the entire team. But I know I speak for everyone when I say that we are looking forward to winning sooner than later."

Herbert's so proud of his group he made time for a little golf outing. The owner of Doug Herbert Performance Parts has a tendency to spend more time in the office and less time on the links.

"The time off between Phoenix and Gainesville has been great," Herbert said. "All the guys on the team went golfing with me and we had a lot of fun. We have a new car and they have been working overtime to get it ready to test the day after Gainesville, so a day of golf was the least they deserved.

"But now it's time to think about racing again and we're ready for the Gatornationals. I can't wait to get there."

-dhr-

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