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Herbert wins round one

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio – 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 Dixon’s 4.873 at 279.90.
“The first round was great,” Herbert, a two-time winner at Columbus, said. “They made a mistake and we took advantage of it this time. That doesn’t always happen and we are happy it went our way today.
“We gained some ground in the point standings and that ‘s what we need to be doing at this point in the season. That run was especially nice because we didn’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.”
The excitement was limited to the first round as Herbert lost to Brandon Bernstein in the second round. Herbert’s dragster smoked the tires almost immediately.
“We really need to get this car figured out,” Herbert said. “We can’t make a great run in the first round and turn around and smoke them in next round. We just don’t have the consistency that we need to be competitive.”
The next race is the O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan. Qualifying begins Friday. by Special to the LTN

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