April 16, 2012The Thunder Road Show
DOUG HERBERT MISSES THE FOUR-WIDES FIELD BY A FRACTION
Faced with the daunting task of qualifying for the Top Fuel field at the Third Annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC with an eager and talented team without the benefit of a major sponsor or sufficient testing opportunities, Doug Herbert came within 3/100 of a second of succeeding.
On Saturday, with two qualifying attempts down and two to go, Herbert’s first shot in his B.R.A.K.E.S/Mail Terminal Services/Lucas Oil Top Fuel Dragster yielded an off-pace 4.017/289.76 lap, but it was good enough to move him into the No. 13 spot.
“We had some issues with the fuel system,” said Herbert shortly after his third qualifying run. “The problem developed as I was staging the car and we wound up making the run on seven cylinders. When one cylinder represents 1000 horsepower, you’re never going to run very well.”
In his final qualifying pass, Herbert was lined up beside Dom Lagana, Bob Vandergriff Jr., and Pat Dakin in this unique, four-at-a-time national event and his racecar overpowered the track and smoked the tires immediately. Morgan Lucas, who bumped his way into the field moments earlier, knocked Herbert from the #15 spot, dropping him to #17, a scant 3/100 of a second short of a position in the 16-car field.
“We’re definitely disappointed,” said Herbert. “We knew that 4.01 wasn’t going to keep us in the show and we felt we had a good shot at moving up on the fourth run. When you can’t get from A to B, that’s not going to get you into eliminations. I’d say the best part of the weekend for us was the Annual B.R.A.K.E.S. Hot Rods and Hot Cakes Breakfast.
“We’re hoping to put together some new sponsorship soon and get back out there for the rest of the season.”
The next NHRA national event comes up in two weeks at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas on April 27-29, the 25th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries.