HERBERT HAS SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND WITH SEMIFINAL SHOWING Sonoma, Calif. (July 29, 2007) With his second semifinal appearance of the season, Doug Herbert, driver of the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster, considers his weekend at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA...
HERBERT HAS SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND WITH SEMIFINAL SHOWING
Sonoma, Calif. (July 29, 2007) With his second semifinal appearance of the season, Doug Herbert, driver of the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster, considers his weekend at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals a success.
Herbert began the weekend by qualifying in the No. 1 position with a solid 4.55 second pass at 315 mph, pitting him against Morgan Lucas for the right to move on to the quarterfinals. While Lucas' dragster smoked the tires, the Snap-on Tools rail moved right down the track with a solid 4.72 second pass at 308 mph.
Herbert squared off with Larry Dixon in quarterfinal action. First off the line with a quick reaction time (.062 of a second to Dixon's .072 of a second), Herbert and the Snap-on Tools dragster once again found traction while Dixon fell victim to tire smoke. Dixon was able to regain traction, but Herbert had too much of an advantage. His 4.82 second pass at 288 mph put the Snap-on Tools dragster through to the semifinals.
Facing defending Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher in the semifinals, Herbert and the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel team prepared for what they knew would be a tough race. With another strong reaction time (.059 of a second to Schumacher's .098 of a second), Herbert was first off the line, but this time it was the Snap-on Tools Top Fuel dragster that succumbed to tire smoke.
"We knew the U.S. Army car was good," said Herbert, "and we had to step it up. Unfortunately we stepped it up just a little too much and smoked the tires.
"The big things are we qualified No. 1, made points to help us gain ground on making the Countdown, and made it to the semifinals. That makes this a successful weekend.
"We were really consistent with our performance this weekend, and plan to keep it up. We will enjoy our weekend off and come back ready to keep going rounds and gaining points at Brainerd."