Memphis; Herbert - what a difference a year can make

What a difference a year can make. Just ask Doug Herbert. Last season at Memphis Motorsports Park, Herbert was celebrating his best season ever in NHRA Top Fuel competition with a victory. This year, as the Cherryville, N.C. driver returns to...

What a difference a year can make. Just ask Doug Herbert.

Last season at Memphis Motorsports Park, Herbert was celebrating his best season ever in NHRA Top Fuel competition with a victory. This year, as the Cherryville, N.C. driver returns to defend his title, he's looking to regain some of that magic.

A semifinal appearance at Maple Grove Raceway lifted his spirits somewhat as he clings to ninth place in the Winston points order. He desperately needs a win in his Snap-on Tools dragster to counter-balance the 10 first round losses that mire his 2000 performance chart.

"This has been frustrating," said Herbert, who won four of six finals and finished seventh in the Winston Top 10 in '99. "On the plus side, the engine looks good and is making good power. We're still looking for consistency."

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