CHICAGO, IL, post-race: Doug Herbert had arguably the most consistent race car of the weekend at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Herbert made five runs between 4.50 and 4.55-seconds and drove the Snap-on Tools/Doug ...
CHICAGO, IL, post-race: Doug Herbert had arguably the most consistent race car of the weekend at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Herbert made five runs between 4.50 and 4.55-seconds and drove the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Top Fuel dragster to a quarterfinal finish for the second straight event. The consistent performance provided by crew chief Wayne Dupuy and the Snap-on Tools team is a good indication that the Herbert is once again running as well as any car on the NHRA tour.
Sunday's conditions began more like the fall weather in Chicago, with a heavy cloud cover and cool temperatures. Herbert entered eliminations from the No. 4 position after making all three of his qualifying runs in the low-4.50 range, including a season-best 4.507 and the quickest run of the second qualifying session.
The 38-year-old North Carolinian was matched up against Morgan Lucas in the first round, the third time the pair has met in the last four races. Both cars left the starting line together and then Herbert drove away from Lucas to take the win with a super-consistent 4.553 at 323.12 mph to a losing 4.670 at 284.03 mph.
The clouds began to break up and the temperature had reached into the mid 60's by the time Herbert rolled to the starting line for his second round race with Melanie Troxel. "Dougzilla" left first and the pair were side by side down the quarter-mile, but Troxel just nipped the Snap-on dragster at the finish line. Herbert made another great run with a 4.529 at 325.53 mph to Troxel's winning 4.505 at 319.98 mph.
"We had a very consistent race car this weekend," said and obviously pleased Herbert. "The Snap-on crew is doing a great job working on the car. Wayne (Dupuy) is coming around with the tune-up and we're running real well. I'm looking forward to picking up our performance for the rest of the year. We've made a lot of headway this weekend and I think this is one of our best outings of the season."
Herbert and the team will load up the dragster and head to the Snap-on Tools headquarters in Kenosha, Wis. on Monday. The team will display the car and fire up the 7,000 horsepower motor before packing up and heading to Englishtown for the next NHRA event.
"We're looking forward to going to Snap-on headquarters tomorrow," added Herbert. "And we're eager to head to Englishtown and then St. Louis. I think we have a race car that's chances of winning are pretty good."