Snap-On Extends Doug Herbert's Contract Three Years

SNAP-ON TOOLS GIVES NHRA TOP FUEL DRIVER DOUG HERBERT THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION KENOSHA, Wisconsin, June 29, 1999 - Doug Herbert, in the midst of his finest National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) season, received good news off the track on...

SNAP-ON TOOLS GIVES NHRA TOP FUEL DRIVER DOUG HERBERT THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

KENOSHA, Wisconsin, June 29, 1999 - Doug Herbert, in the midst of his finest National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) season, received good news off the track on Tuesday when major sponsor Snap-on Tools announced a three-year contract extension for Herbert's Top Fuel team.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with Doug and his Snap-on Racing team," said Carl Johanson, motorsports marketing manager at Snap-on Tools. "We have been associated with Doug since 1995. He has been an excellent representative for our company and we are looking forward to working with him well into the next century."

Herbert, from Cherryville, N.C., is second in NHRA Top Fuel points after 11 of 22 races this year. He has won twice and finished second twice.

"I'm very happy Snap-on showed its confidence in our race team by giving us a three-year contract extension," Herbert said. "I've enjoyed our involvement with Snap-on Tools and I look forward to working with them for another three years.

"With the contract extension coming so early in the season, it enables our team to concentrate on racing for the NHRA championship without having any sponsorship worries," added Herbert, 31. "It also gives us the opportunity to keep our crew intact - crew chief Dick LaHaie, assistant crew chief Larry Frazier and the rest of the Snap-on team."

Herbert has three wins in 10 career NHRA finals. His victory at Houston in April was worth a $100,000 bonus as part of Winston's No Bull Challenge. Herbert was the second NHRA driver to exceed 300 mph (301.60), February 1993, at Pomona, Calif.

Herbert also competed in International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) events. He won four IHRA Top Fuel championships (1992, 1994-96). He has 19 career wins. He was the first IHRA driver to exceed 300 mph (300.06), June 1997, at Bristol, Tenn. Jim Bailey is driving Herbert's Snap-on Racing dragster in IHRA competition this year.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Dick LaHaie