GAINESVILLE, pre-race: Veteran Top Fuel driver, Doug Herbert is poised to reach an impressive personal milestone at the 37th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway. Herbert, the driver of the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel ...
GAINESVILLE, pre-race: Veteran Top Fuel driver, Doug Herbert is poised to reach an impressive personal milestone at the 37th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway. Herbert, the driver of the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster, will be on a mission to qualify for his 50th consecutive NHRA National event and begin making a move forward in the POWERade Drag Racing Series point standings.
Herbert reached the Top Fuel finals at the Gatornationals in 1999, where he was runner-up to Mike Dunn in the quickest side-by-side drag race in history at the time. Herbert expects the Snap-on Tools team to rebound quickly following his close first round lost to eventual Phoenix winner Rod Fuller at the last event.
The Snap-on Tools team stayed in Phoenix after the race for testing on Monday and Tuesday, joining a large contingent of nitro-powered cars running the new Goodyear tire. Herbert was pleased with the results and after several good runs down the track, crew chief Wayne Dupuy seemed to have things figured out, with a good baseline tune up with the new tire going into the Gatornationals.
"We really needed the testing time in Phoenix," said Herbert, "and we'll stay and test after Gainesville too. We're very close to having the consistency and the power to be able to put the Snap-on Tools dragster in the winner's circle again. And the Snap-on crew won't stop working until we get there.
"At first we thought it might be a little bit of a handicap not being able to test new parts and combinations during the off-season," added Herbert. "But thank goodness we ended the year in good enough shape to be able to carry some of last season's momentum with us into the new season, despite major diversity within the team. Jim Brisette helped keep the team busy over the winter while Wayne recovered and that helped a lot. I feel very confident, that even with the new tire, the Snap-on dragster will be running as well as any car out there very soon."