Seattle: Doug Herbert preview

Herbert set to work in Tacoma before he can race LINCOLNTON, N.C. (July 20, 2005) -- In all likelihood, Doug Herbert wouldn't know what to do with a sponsor that didn't keep him moving from one place to the other. The veteran Top Fuel driver not...

Herbert set to work in Tacoma before he can race

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (July 20, 2005) -- In all likelihood, Doug Herbert wouldn't know what to do with a sponsor that didn't keep him moving from one place to the other. The veteran Top Fuel driver not only races the Snap-on Tools dragster in 23 NHRA POWERade events throughout the season, he also participates in some exhibition events.

On top of that, Herbert meets with thousands of Snap-on Tools dealers, employees and customers during the year as well. This week is no exception.

Herbert will earn his keep in the state of Washington before he is able to race the Snap-on dragster in competition during the 18th annual CARQUEST NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Before professional qualifying begins on Friday, Herbert will meet up with Mark Tobin, a local Snap-on dealer, in Tacoma and go to work. Herbert and Tobin will spend the day in the Snap-on truck, meeting customers and selling tools.

This is the first time Tobin and Herbert will join forces for a workday.

"I've met Doug before and I have to say he's one of the most generous people I've ever met," Tobin said. "I think it's a great opportunity for my customers to meet a great drag racing driver in person. He's always willing to lend his time and resources to help out a Snap-on dealer or just Snap-on as a sponsor in general. It shows how committed he is to his sponsor.

"Doug will definitely be working all day. We've got some customers that really want to meet him and I'm sure his signing hand will be sore by the end of the day."

The truck ride isn't anything Herbert can't handle.

"I love doing these tool truck ride alongs," Herbert said. "We always have a lot of fun and I know I keep saying it, but I love working with my sponsor because we get to meet a lot of great people. I get to talk about drag racing all day and help out Mark as he does his route. It's going to be a great day in Tacoma."

Once the tools have been sold and autographs have been signed, it will be time to get to the race track. While Herbert has not earned a victory at Pacific Raceways yet, his crew chief has. Wayne Dupuy tuned the late Darrell Russell to the win during the 2002 season. Dupuy said that alone makes the trip up to the Northwest more exciting.

"I like Seattle because of the good memories there," Dupuy said before he spent the week traveling from Denver to Seattle with the crew. "This time I'm spending a lot of time with the crew before the race even starts and that is going to be a great thing because we're trying to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time and it's good to be able to get to know the guys as much as possible."

Herbert knows that with Dupuy on his side, the chance for victory increases.

"Wayne has done well in Seattle and that's going to be an advantage for us," Herbert said. "He's gaining confidence in the car and that just makes my job easier when I go up to the starting line. We really wanted to earn a win during this Western Swing, and now we just need to get out there and make it happen."

The NHRA POWERade Series starts pro qualifying with sessions on Friday at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Qualifying continues Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. before final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, also on ESPN2.

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