KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio â€“ The day started out real well. Doug Herbert drove the Snap-on Tools dragster to a first round victory over the No. 1 qualifier, Larry Dixon, Sunday at the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals.
Herbert drove the Snap-on dragster to a 4.629-second pass at 327.19 mph to beat Dixonâ€™s 4.873 at 279.90.
â€œThe first round was great,â€ Herbert, a two-time winner at Columbus, said. â€œThey made a mistake and we took advantage of it this time. That doesnâ€™t always happen and we are happy it went our way today.
â€œWe gained some ground in the point standings and that â€˜s what we need to be doing at this point in the season. That run was especially nice because we didnâ€™t make it down the track during qualifying, so it was important to have a smooth run in the books before we head off to the next event.â€
The excitement was limited to the first round as Herbert lost to Brandon Bernstein in the second round. Herbertâ€™s dragster smoked the tires almost immediately.
â€œWe really need to get this car figured out,â€ Herbert said. â€œWe canâ€™t make a great run in the first round and turn around and smoke them in next round. We just donâ€™t have the consistency that we need to be competitive.â€
The next race is the Oâ€™Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan. Qualifying begins Friday. by Special to the LTN