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ST. Louis, MO, pre-race: Doug Herbert will be in competition behind the wheel of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Top Fuel dragster this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, in the shadows of...

ST. Louis, MO, pre-race: Doug Herbert will be in competition behind the wheel of the Snap-on Tools/Doug Herbert Performance Top Fuel dragster this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, in the shadows of the world famous Gateway Arch.

The St. Louis event marks the one year anniversary of veteran crew chief Wayne Dupuy coming aboard the Snap-on team. Herbert reached four final rounds, set his career-best elapsed time and speed, became the third quickest driver in history, qualified No. 1 in Dallas and finished a career high 6th in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series point's standings after Dupuy joined the team. The Snap-on dragster was one of the hottest cars during the last half of the 2006 season.

"I can't say enough about the fantastic job that Wayne has done since joining the Snap-on team last season," remarked Herbert. "He is a tireless worker and he's always thinking about how to make the car run better. Even his accident during the off-season didn't slow him down like I expected it to. He's really come a long way with our current combination and I expect the Snap-on dragster in the winner's circle soon."

Dupuy has continued to perform well for Herbert this season. "Dougzilla" heads into the St. Louis event still solidly in the POWERade Top 10 point standings. The 38-year-old North Carolinian has qualified in the top half of the field at three of the last four races and the crew won the Full Throttle Pit Crew Challenge award for the second time at the recent NHRA event in Topeka.

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