HERBERT EARNS HIGHEST QUALIFYING POSITION OF THE SEASON Herbert drives the Snap-on Tools dragster to another stout run INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2005) -- As if Saturday's career-best performance wasn't enough, Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools...
HERBERT EARNS HIGHEST QUALIFYING POSITION OF THE SEASON
Herbert drives the Snap-on Tools dragster to another stout run
INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2005) -- As if Saturday's career-best performance wasn't enough, Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools team went out and made Sunday nearly as good. Crew chief Wayne Dupuy made a few last-minute tuning decisions and the car responded with gusto.
Herbert drove to 4.492-second pass at 325.92 mph for the second 4.4-second run of the weekend and just the third of his career. What's more, the team did it at the biggest race on the NHRA POWERade schedule, the 51st annual NHRA U.S. Nationals.
The veteran Top Fuel driver has been battling a sinus cold all weekend but said nothing is a better cure than a couple of head-turning performances.
"I think I'm about over my sickness, and I'll be feeling good (Monday) and we all know the race car is already running good," Herbert said. "I thought we would go up there and run a low to mid-4.50 but Wayne had the confidence to go quicker than that. The best thing about it was that it turns some heads and Wayne deserves that. He absolutely knows what he is doing. The run last night followed by another great pass shows that Wayne has a handle on this car and I think we have a mental edge going into the final day of racing."
"This is Indy and there is no better time to get your act together like Indy. (Funny Car driver) Del Worsham got his act together and went out and won the bonus race today (Skoal Showdown) and it seems like every time he does well, our team follows his lead. So that's another great sign."
Herbert's quickest run of the weekend was a 4.463 run at 326.56 which was good enough for the No. 2 qualifying position here at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It's the highest qualifying spot Herbert's earned since he earned the No. 1 qualifying award at the fall event at Las Vegas in 2002. It is the seventh time Herbert has qualified in the No. 2 position.
"Running a career-best number last night to qualify high and then running low of the session was just awesome," Herbert said. "We ran the only 4.4-pass of the day and that's even better. We're a happy group and we're all fired up for eliminations now."
Herbert will face Joe Hartley in the first round of eliminations, which are set to kick off at 11 a.m. Hartley ran a career-best 4.623 at 321.50 to qualify in the No. 15 spot. It will be the first time the two drivers have faced off during pro eliminations.