Pomona II: Doug Herbert eliminations summary

Herbert loses in semifinals; winds up seventh in points. Pomona,Calif., November 10, 2002 0x2022 Doug Herbert didn't end the 2002NHRA POWERade season exactly the way he hoped, but he did reach the semifinalsof the Auto Club Finals Sunday in the...

Herbert loses in semifinals; winds up seventh in points.

Pomona,Calif., November 10, 2002 0x2022 Doug Herbert didn't end the 2002NHRA POWERade season exactly the way he hoped, but he did reach the semifinalsof the Auto Club Finals Sunday in the rain-plagued event.

"That's notthe way we wanted to leave it," he said, "but now we have more than two monthsto sort things out and get ready for the 2003 season."

Herbert wasthe clear-cut favorite against Yuichi Oyama in the semifinals. Herbert's Snap-on Top Fuel dragster had run5.054 and 4.648 seconds in round wins over David Grubnic and Scott Weis whileOyama had a 4.676 in upsetting Kenny Bernstein and a 4.910 against DougKalitta.

"We had atorn head gasket on the run against Oyama," Herbert pointed out. "The engine was leaking oil at the line andwe just smoked the tires." Oyama wonwith a 4.807 to a 12.989.

Herbert began eliminations from the No. 7 spot, thanks to a 4.674 at 274.55 mph inThursday's only qualifying run. Rainwashed out Friday and Saturday competition and forced postponement of the Bud Shootoutto the Winternationals, Feb. 8 at Pomona Raceway.

He finishedseventh for the third time in series competition, his 1323 points just 20behind sixth-place Darrell Russell. Herbert was seventh in 2001 and 1999.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Kenny Bernstein , Scott Weis , David Grubnic