BRAINERDâ€” The Brainerd Lakes area is renown for its abundance of fishing spots that attract fishermen from near and far.
Doug Herbert will be visiting here this weekend, but he`ll be angling for a race victory at Brainerd International Raceway instead of walleye.
Herbert, owner/driver of the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel dragster, will be competing in his 10th Lucas Oil Nationals on the BIR quarter-mile track Friday through Sunday. And he`s still searching for his first win here.
“Brainerd has always been a good place to race, and I don`t know why we haven`t been able to get a win there yet,” said Herbert. “I guess this would be a good time to get it.”
Herbert is working on a string of four consecutive quarterfinal finishes at BIR, giving him further determination to move at least one step – and preferably two steps – farther during Sunday`s eliminations.
“We`d definitely like to pick up the pace,” he commented. “We are getting better, but I`m impatient. We want to be there now. I know Ed (McCulloch, team tuner) and the rest of the team do, too.”
While the focus will be on finding the consistent combination after new rules stipulations – lowering the nitromethane fuel amount to 85 percent, taking down force off the rear wing and using a new rear tire – Herbert and McCulloch are looking ahead to Labor Day weekend. That`s when the 50th anniversary U.S. Nationals unfolds at Indianapolis.
“That`s not saying we`re looking past the race this weekend or the one at Memphis next week,” Herbert explained. “We are anxious to get our tune-up working so we can fine-tune it for the U.S. Nationals.”
The Lincolnton, N.C., driver is ninth in POWERade Series points with 677 going into the 16th of 23 2004 races.Qualifying at BIR is scheduled for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday and noon and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday`s eliminations begin at 11 a.m.