HERBERT EARNS SEMIFINAL FINISH IN FIRST WEEKEND WITH DUPUY MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- For the first weekend together, a semifinal finish for the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster isn't too shabby at all. Doug Herbert and newly hired crew...
HERBERT EARNS SEMIFINAL FINISH IN FIRST WEEKEND WITH DUPUY
MADISON, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- For the first weekend together, a semifinal finish for the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster isn't too shabby at all.
Doug Herbert and newly hired crew chief Wayne Dupuy earned two round victories Sunday at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. Now they are looking ahead with hopes of making the round wins a habit.
"We made a lot of improvement this weekend and that's the best part," Herbert said. "I am real positive about the direction that Wayne can take this team and I think it is going to just get better from here. I know we are going to win rounds and races together."
Herbert beat Scott Kalitta in the first round with a 5.886-second run at 243.28 mph in a tire-smoking battle. Kalitta's dragster went 13.087 at 71.96.
In Round Two, Herbert earned the win over Mike Strasburg, going 4.696 at 311.92 to best Strasburg's 5.207 at 228.89.
Herbert turned in a 4.684 at 312.64, falling to Brandon Bernstein's 4.603 at 326.79 in the second semifinal appearance of the season for Herbert.
"I didn't even see Bernstein until we passed the 800-foot mark," Herbert said. "Then the car smoked the tires a little bit and he came around me. I still think it was a great weekend and we're already looking good for the next race.
"We have two weeks to get ready for Denver and I know that Wayne and the guys are going to be ready."
Dupuy said the first event with the new crew was a great first step, but he expects more round victories soon.
"I thought the weekend was acceptable, but I have real high expectations for this team and I was hoping we could produce even better performance numbers," Dupuy said. "I think we are going in the right direction and considering this was the final stop of a three-race swing, the conditions were real tough to work in and this was our first race together, I thought everyone did a great job.
"We want to become more consistent and I know this group can do it. I'm really happy with the team and Doug and I think we have a lot of good things coming up."
The next NHRA POWERade event is the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, July 15-17.