HERBERT READY TO DEFEND JOLIET VICTORY LINCOLNTON, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools dragster team will arrive at Route 66 Raceway with even a little more confidence than usual this weekend as the NHRA POWERade Drag ...
HERBERT READY TO DEFEND JOLIET VICTORY
LINCOLNTON, N.C. (Sept. 27, 2005) -- Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Tools dragster team will arrive at Route 66 Raceway with even a little more confidence than usual this weekend as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series makes its fall stop outside of Chicago.
Why? Herbert is the defending champion of the Ameriquest NHRA Nationals. In 2004 Herbert beat Tony Schumacher in the final.
Not only is Herbert the reigning champion, he's also more prepared for this race than last year.
"We went in there and won the race last year but to be honest, we made only one really good run all day and that was in the final round," Herbert said. "We kind of loafed our way through the first three elimination rounds. Luckily in the final round we pulled out a great career-best run and we were able to take home the win.
"This season we have a better car a better team and our crew chief (Wayne Dupuy) is ready for this race. We're in a much better position to go into a race and defend our title."
Qualifying for the event starts Friday with sessions at 4 and 7 p.m. before qualifying continues Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The winner of eight national events, Herbert said Route 66 Raceway continues to be one of the top facilities on the schedule.
"Route 66 is a great place to race and it's even better for us because it is so close to the Snap-on Tools headquarters in Kenosha (Wisconsin). We always have lots of Snap-on guests at the race and we love having all of that support."
Herbert has earned two final round appearances this season along with four trips to the semifinals. The Snap-on Tools team keeps chipping away at being one of the most consistently competitive teams and has qualified in the top three positions four times this season. Now, however, Herbert said the team is even more anxious to get the first victory of the 2005 season.
"Wayne and I were talking over the weekend and he said that if the weather and the conditions are right, we could be a threat to the national record," Herbert said. "I was speechless. To have a crew chief with that kind of confidence just makes you more anxious to get back to the track.
"We're coming to the end of the season and this team just gets better every weekend. We want to defend the win from last year and I don't think I've ever been in a better position to make that happen than right now."
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.