READING, Pa. â€” Doug Herbert and the Snap-on Racing Top Fuel team advanced to the quarterfinals of Sunday`s Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway to pull within 31 points of seventh-place Cory McClenathan in the POWERade standings.
By qualifying 11th (4.652 seconds at 305.01 mph), Herbert also clinched seventh place in the special Budweiser Shootout standings.
The eight-car field, determined by qualifying points earned at each of the first 21 races, will be contested Saturday, Oct. 30, at Las Vegas. The winner takes home $100,000.
Herbert took out No. 6 qualifier Morgan Lucas in the first round before falling short to Scott Kalitta in the 2nd round.
â€œOur car`s performance fell off against Kalitta and he stepped up. We ran good in the first round. Ed and Brissette (Jim, the tuning consultant) are onto something in the tune-up department because our car is running better. It would`ve been hard to beat Kalitta`s 4.49. We should be able to make up those 31 points on Cory.
The statistics: Qualified: No. 11, 4.652 seconds at 305.01 mph. First round: Herbert, 4.575 at 324.98 def. Morgan Lucas, 4.848 at 228.61; Quarterfinals: Scott Kalitta, 4.497 at 321.27 def. Herbert, 4.654 at 303.57.