Joliet II: Doug Herbert Friday summary

HERBERT SAILS INTO THE NO. 3 SPOT JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 30, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools dragster team are well on their way to defending their Top Fuel title at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series event at Route 66 Raceway. In...

HERBERT SAILS INTO THE NO. 3 SPOT

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 30, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools dragster team are well on their way to defending their Top Fuel title at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series event at Route 66 Raceway.

In 2004 Herbert drove to the Top Fuel win at the Ameriquest NHRA Nationals, beating Tony Schumacher in the final round of eliminations. He took home the trophy and he's anxious to add to his collection.

Herbert ran a 4.480-second pass at 325.30 mph in the Snap-on Tools dragster, good enough for the No. 3 spot as qualifying kicked off Friday night.

"The first run would have been similar if we didn't have a drive train part break," Herbert said. "But we got that fixed and we went out and ran great on the second pass. Right now if you can run in the 4.40s you're pretty tough and I feel good about what we're doing.

"Even at the beginning of the year when we ran a 4.499, Wayne (Dupuy, crew chief) helped us make that run as a friend of the team. Now we have him as our crew chief and when the conditions are right, we can make those 4.40 runs and that's just awesome."

Qualifying continues Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Herbert wants to see another stout 4.40-pass before Sunday's eliminations roll around.

"I know we can make another great pass," Herbert said. "We were one of only four cars to make a 4.40-pass tonight and that just gives me a lot of confidence. We have to turn in these kinds of numbers every pass this weekend. Last year I think we surprised Schumacher and everyone else with the win. This time, I don't think we can surprise anyone.

"Wayne has this car running so well, people are paying attention to us now. We're getting more consistent and we're having a lot of fun."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 5 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations will start at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day can be seen at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday on ESPN2.

-dhr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Tony Schumacher