Las Vegas: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

Herbert ready for a hot day of racing in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS -- OK, it can be hot on race day now. The Snap-on Tools dragster team is ready for the heat. That's a great thing considering they might need the hot track setup for the final ...

Herbert ready for a hot day of racing in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- OK, it can be hot on race day now. The Snap-on Tools dragster team is ready for the heat. That's a great thing considering they might need the hot track setup for the final elimination rounds of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

For the third time this season, Doug Herbert and the Snap-on team qualified in the top five. This time, however, was more important. Herbert drove to the No. 5 spot with a 4.563-second pass at 326.16 mph. He also made a full pass in the heat of the day for the first time this season.

"Friday's first round of qualifying set the tone for the weekend," crew chief Rob Flynn said. "It allowed us to stand on it during the second run. We had some problems in the staging lanes and that set us back a little. But the last run was real good and it was the morale booster we needed.

"It was real important because it was the first good run we had in the heat. We needed to establish a baseline for the hot setup and this is a great start. We are trying to become more consistent and we don't have that down yet, but we're getting closer everyday. Summer is right around the corner and we needed to get a setup that would work on a real hot surface."

Herbert was the No. 1 qualifier at Las Vegas in 2002. He hasn't won at The Strip, but that could change with four round wins.

"The best part about this team is that we're coming together early in the season," Herbert said. "We can compete with any team out here and I think the guys are getting more excited the more consistent we become. It's a lot of fun and I think we are going to be real competitive on Sunday."

Herbert will face No. 12 qualifier David Baca in the first round.

"Top Fuel is tough right now and if you qualify, you have a great chance of winning first round," Herbert said. "We know that we can't make mistakes and expect to win but I wouldn't even come to a race if I didn't think I didn't have a chance of winning the whole thing. This team is working so well together, it makes me more excited to get in the car."

Herbert said having a good pass in the heat was a big step toward competing for event wins and the NHRA POWERade championship.

"In order to win anything you have to be ready no matter if the track is hot, cold or in-between," Herbert said. "It was great being able to make the first full, clean pass in the heat. It's already hot in Las Vegas and it's going to be warmer at every track from now on. This is a great start for us."

Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. and can be seen on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. (ET).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , David Baca