Herbert has a short day at the Sonoma Races SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 3, 2003 - Doug Herbert had trouble with drivers named David in the just-completed NHRA "western swing," that featured successive races at Denver, Seattle and here. David Baca ...
Herbert has a short day at the Sonoma Races
SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 3, 2003 - Doug Herbert had trouble with drivers named David in the just-completed NHRA "western swing," that featured successive races at Denver, Seattle and here.
David Baca defeated Herbert's Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster in the first round of the Fram/Autolite Nationals Sunday at Infineon Raceway, a repeat of the Denver result two weeks ago. David Grubnic stopped Herbert in the opening round at Seattle a week ago.
Herbert and Baca were in a close duel down the quarter-mile track when the engine in Herbert's racecar dropped a cylinder and then expired with a boom before the finish line. The Snap-on dragster slowed to a 5.129 at 211.16 mph while Baca got the win with a 4.808 at 304.25.
"The cylinder went out at 1½-seconds," Herbert said. "I couldn't see him at all. We were racing and I wasn't about to give up."
The early loss dropped Herbert into eighth place in NHRA POWERade Series points with 682.
The Snap-on team returns to competition at Brainerd, Minn., Aug. 15-17.
Qualified: No. 9, 4.686 seconds at 304.14 mph
First round: David Baca, 4.808 at 304.25 def. Herbert, 5.129 at 211.16
Pro winners: Larry Dixon, Top Fuel; Gary Scelzi, Funny Car; Jeg Coughlin Jr., Pro Stock.
Top Fuel Points: 1, Larry Dixon, 1462; 2, Doug Kalitta, 1152; 3, Darrell Russell, 880; 4, Cory McClenathan, 778; 5, Tony Schumacher, 773; 6, David Baca, 731; 7, John Smith, 685; 8, Doug Herbert, 682; 9, Brandon Bernstein, 629; Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 620.