Keystone Nationals Doug Herbert notes

For Immediate Release contact: Cameron Evans (704)435-0095 Herbert Plagued with Problems at Maple Grove Cherryville, NC - The 11th Annual Pioneer Electronics Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA provided the traditional ...

For Immediate Release contact: Cameron Evans (704)435-0095

Herbert Plagued with Problems at Maple Grove

Cherryville, NC - The 11th Annual Pioneer Electronics Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA provided the traditional amount of luck for Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Top Fuel Racing Team - none at all.

Herbert failed to qualify for the event running a weekend-best elapsed time of 5.137 seconds at 272 m.p.h. On the first two qualifying attempts, the Snap-on team had the common problem of "dropping cylinders", or not being able to get the engine to run onall eight cylinders. On the second two passes, Herbert suffered clutch problems and smoked the tires immediately.

Herbert was disappointed with only his second NHRA National Event appearance of the 1995 season, "We couldn't get everything to work at the same time. lt was a tough weekend for us and our problems caused a lot of engine damage. We'll be smarter in Dallas with these four runs on our new NHRA combination."

The Snap-on team immediately returned from Reading to prepare for this weekend's IHRA Fall Nationals in Bristol, TN. Herbert needs only to qualify for the event in order to clinch his third IHRA Top Fuel World Championship. Herbert has four event wins at Bristol since 1992, including the last two events.

Herbert feels his team's past efforts at Bristol stand out. "Bristol is basically our home track in the IHRA Snap-on series and we would like to clinch our second championship with a big performance and another win. We really want to go fast in front of all of our friends."

Herbert's wife, Sonnie, is expecting the couple's second child and is due on Sunday. "Needless to say, my nerves are at an all-time high. 1 think my cellular phone bill will be too!"

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Drivers Doug Herbert , Cameron Evans