INDIANAPOLIS â€” Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel team shrugged off a mechanical problem that deprived them of their first U.S. Nationals qualifying run Saturday and came back with a solid 4.596-second effort in the evening attempt.
“That was a good run last night,” Herbert said. “Ed McCulloch, our tuner, and all of the crew continue to do a good job. We are beginning to figure things out. Now we`d like to get into the winner`s circle.”
The 4.596 was the second-quickest run in the night session.
Herbert`s 4.574-second, 318.09-mph run from Friday night left him third going into Sunday`s last two qualifying attempts.
A small oil leak that puddled under one of the car`s rear tires caused them to spin hard when Herbert hit the throttle in Saturday`s opening run.
“We didn`t have an oil leak when we warmed the car in the pits and we didn`t have a leak when we started it at the line,” said McCulloch. “There was something internally that caused the leak, but we fixed it.”
U.S. Nationals eliminations take place Monday.by Staff Reports