Topeka: Doug Herbert Saturday summary

HERBERT READY FOR MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- Doug Herbert saw improvement with the Snap-on Tools dragster team Saturday at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. That could make all the ...

HERBERT READY FOR MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- Doug Herbert saw improvement with the Snap-on Tools dragster team Saturday at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. That could make all the difference during Sunday's final elimination rounds.

Herbert drove his Snap-on Top Fuel entry to the No. 9 spot in qualifying with a 4.622-second pass at 322.04.

"The car ran better today and anytime you can improve you have to feel better about Sunday," Herbert said. "The car went down the track on both runs today and that's a big improvement over yesterday and the last few races.

"We aren't at the point in performance where we want to be, but we didn't smoke the tires today and gives us more confidence for the first round."

Herbert will face Rod Fuller in the first round. Fuller went 4.602 at 319.14 to take the No. 8 position in qualifying.

"I think we need to step up even further and run a 4.56 or something close to be able to win tomorrow," Herbert said. "The guys are working so hard on this car and I think it's a good possibility to make another jump in performance."Herbert, the 1999 winner at Heartland Park, is aiming to back up his previous victory.

"The best thing about racing is that any team who qualifies has a chance of winning the event," Herbert said. "Sometimes all the hard work pays off four round wins at a time. A win on Sunday would be a great way to celebrate Memorial Day."

Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Sunday. ESPN and ESPN2 will air coverage of the event. Qualifying will start at 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN on Saturday. Final eliminations can be seen at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Rod Fuller