BAYTOWN, Texas, March 25, 2001 - Doug Herbert is the first to admit he hates to lose, so it's seldom you see him smiling after a quarterfinal loss. But he was Sunday during the O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Herbert...
BAYTOWN, Texas, March 25, 2001 - Doug Herbert is the first to admit he hates to lose, so it's seldom you see him smiling after a quarterfinal loss. But he was Sunday during the O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Herbert couldn't help but grin about the continued strong performances from his Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster. He had a consistent, competitive weekend, beginning with qualifying runs of 4.612, 4.599 and 4.583 seconds. When his two race-day runs - 4.607 and 4.631 seconds - are added, the cause of Herbert's joy is evident. The Cherryville, N.C. driver would've been downright ecstatic were it not for Doug Kalitta's narrow victory in their quarterfinal match. Kalitta left the starting line first and won with a 4.647 at 306.12 to Herbert's quicker 4.631 at 314.24. The difference was in reaction times: Kalitta's .487 to Herbert's .507. "When you are racing good drivers and you have an average reaction time, average is not good enough," said Herbert following the setback. "Last year I was No. 1 in (average) reaction times so I have to figure out what I'm not doing now that I was doing then.
"Actually I'm happy. Of course I wish we would've won that round, but the car ran well all weekend and we didn't break any parts. The car went down the racetrack all six runs (counting an early shutoff 5.244 in qualifying)."
*Herbert began the day with a 4.607 at 312.78 mph decision over Bruce Litton before meeting Kalitta. *Herbert is sixth in Winston Series points with 145. *Herbert and the Snap-on Racing team move to Las Vegas April 6-8 for the Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. <pre> Qualified: No. 5, 4.583 seconds at 314.90 mph
First round: Herbert, 4.607 at 312.78 def. Bruce Litton; Quarterfinals: Doug Kalitta def. Herbert Race winners: Mike Dunn, Top Fuel; Del Worsham, Funny Car; Warren Johnson, Pro Stock.