Herbert pleased as Snap-on Dragster's performance improves READING, Pa., Oct. 5, 2003 - For the first time in several races, Doug Herbert left a racetrack pleased with the performance of his Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster. He won one round...
Herbert pleased as Snap-on Dragster's performance improves
READING, Pa., Oct. 5, 2003 - For the first time in several races, Doug Herbert left a racetrack pleased with the performance of his Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster.
He won one round and ran 4.592 seconds during completion of the rain-delayed Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. And he might've run another 4.5 seconds in the second round of eliminations if he hadn't shut off early.
"Every run we made here would've been in the 4.50s," said Herbert. He posted a time of 4.871 seconds in his only qualifying run during Saturday's abbreviated session - one run was rained out - and shut off at 900 feet. "The computer's incremental numbers said it would've been a high 4.50," added Herbert.
He started ninth and beat Darrell Russell with the 4.592 in the first round. In the quarterfinals, Herbert witnessed the sport's quickest run, 4.441 seconds, as rival and eventual race winner Tony Schumacher pulled away at 332.34 mph. "I shut off early because there was no need to keep after him," said Herbert, who came in at 4.686, 256.41 mph. "What are you going to do when they run like that?
"We've made a lot of progress this weekend," continued Herbert. "Wes (Cerny, the team's tuner) wasn't really stepping on the tune-up because he was trying figure out the little problems we've been having. We just need to make runs."
Herbert remained eighth with 839 points, but he crept within five points of No. 7 John Smith.
Herbert and the crew will get ready for their seventh consecutive competitive weekend with the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at Ennis, Texas, near Dallas, Friday through Sunday. It's also the 21st of 23 NHRA POWERade Series events.