JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2005) -- Doug Herbert started the day making a big announcement. He ended it with another great qualifying pass. Herbert and Snap-on Tools signed a contract extension, which will keep Snap-on Tools as the primary sponsor ...
JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2005) -- Doug Herbert started the day making a big announcement. He ended it with another great qualifying pass.
Herbert and Snap-on Tools signed a contract extension, which will keep Snap-on Tools as the primary sponsor through the 2008 season.
Soon after Herbert and Snap-on Tools President Al Biland announced the good news, Herbert went out on the quarter-mile track and turned in two good passes. Herbert qualified in the No. 3 spot for the final eliminations of the Ameriquest NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
"Our announcement this morning was a great way to start the day and the performance on the track was a great way to end the day," Herbert said. "We had a lot of great people from Snap-on here with us including Al and Chris (Pfaus) and Carl (Johanson). We have a lot of great things going on this weekend."
Herbert ran a 4.480-second pass at 325.30 mph in the Snap-on Tools dragster during the night session on Friday. Herbert turned in a 4.541 at 325.06 during the first of two sessions on Saturday and 4.511 at 326.95 during second and final round.
"We've gone down the track every time and that is what is so important going into Sunday," Herbert said. "We beat Tony Schumacher in the final round last year at this race and I'm more confident going into tomorrow than I was last year."
Herbert said the rest of the competition, however, is going to be ready to race too. He said the performance numbers are going to be impressive on Sunday.
"I think it's going to take a couple of low 4.50s in the first two rounds and in the semis and in the final round, it's going to take some 4.40s to win," Herbert said. "The best thing is that we have a car that runs really good. We've already shown we can make those 4.40 passes."
Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Herbert will face John Smith in the first round. It will be the third time the two drivers will face off this season. They each have one victory as Herbert beat Smith in the first round of Phoenix, but lost to Smith in the first round here in the spring.
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.