HERBERT MAKES ANOTHER SEMIFINAL APPEARANCE READING, Penn. (September 18, 2005) -- If Doug Herbert keeps this up, he's going to wish there wasn't an offseason at all. The driver of the Snap-on Tools dragster made another semifinal appearance,...
HERBERT MAKES ANOTHER SEMIFINAL APPEARANCE
READING, Penn. (September 18, 2005) -- If Doug Herbert keeps this up, he's going to wish there wasn't an offseason at all. The driver of the Snap-on Tools dragster made another semifinal appearance, this time at the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Herbert's Sunday showing was the fourth semifinal appearance of the season and second in as many races. With just four races left, the team is more competitive than ever.
Herbert beat Doug Foley in the first round before moving past Cory McClenathan in the second round. Herbert lost to Larry Dixon in the semifinals, but not before the team picked up more round wins and motivation.
"The consistency level is just unbelievable," Herbert said. "The guys are doing a great job working on the car and there is still time to get better. We've seen an incredible turnaround in the last six or seven races and that's all due to Wayne's (Dupuy, crew chief) determination and experience at getting the job done.
"I feel really good and I think we're going to keep moving forward like this. Would we have liked to have this kind of performance earlier in the season so we could be chasing a championship right now? Sure. But we're creeping up there right now and that's saying a lot because there are a lot of competitive cars in the field every week and we've been going rounds."
Herbert turned in a 4.536-second time at 322.65 mph to beat Foley's 4.581 at 320.74 before he beat McClenathan, 4.569 at 319.37 to a red-light foul.
Herbert ran a 4.598 at 308.07 in a losing effort to Dixon's 5.540 at 326.08.
"I didn't have my best reaction time of the weekend in the semifinals, but the car dropped a cylinder and we just got beat," Herbert said. "But we don't have anything to be ashamed of because the two guys in the final are the two guys who did better than us in qualifying and they are the champions from the last four seasons. To be in that company and be one of the last four cars standing shows the great strides of improvement we've been making.
"Since Wayne has come on board he's been on a mission and we're not going to stop until we're where we need to be and that's championship form."
Herbert turned in a 4.541-second pass at 318.92 mph to take the No. 3 spot in qualifying while also running a 4.621 at 316.17, a 4.609 at 309.13 and a 4.560 at 318.39.