Memphis: Doug Herbert preview

HERBERT AIMING FOR FAST TIMES DURING NIGHT RACING IN MEMPHIS LINCOLNTON, N.C. (August 17, 2005) -- Since Doug Herbert hired Wayne Dupuy to make his tuning decisions on the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster, the team has earned eight round...

HERBERT AIMING FOR FAST TIMES DURING NIGHT RACING IN MEMPHIS

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (August 17, 2005) -- Since Doug Herbert hired Wayne Dupuy to make his tuning decisions on the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster, the team has earned eight round victories, including two semifinal appearances and a runner-up finish.

The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 18th annual O'Reilly Mid-South NHRA Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. Pro qualifying starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and continues at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations start at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Not only is Herbert looking to add to his 1999 victory at this track, but also he's looking forward to some quick times during the new all-night racing format.

"In 1999 we beat Jim Head in the final and it was the fourth win in six final rounds that year," Herbert said. "That was an awesome season. That's one reason why this Snap-on bunch likes Memphis. It's going to be hot this year, but the night racing should help.

"Night racing can make for some long days for the crew guys because they still get to the track at the same time to start working on the car. But the fans really win because the temps will be cooler and they can actually enjoy some quick times. It should be fun to watch."

Every weekend Herbert looks forward to getting in the Snap-on Tools car and making a run down the track. But lately, it's been a little more fun than usual.

"The car is running really well and the team is doing a good job and Wayne is doing a great job," Herbert said. "We're really making headway and we're going to keep getting better and better. We need to move up the points ladder.

"Every time I get in the car it seems like I am more confident and I've got Wayne and the guys to thank for that. It's a lot of fun and I'm glad we're racing this weekend."

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air all the racing this weekend. Qualifying can be seen at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday while the eliminations can be seen at 10 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day will start at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Doug Herbert