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Herbert aiming for old results with a new car
Herbert earned the Top Fuel victory at
"I think the new car is going to help us because the chassis on a Top Fuel car gets so fatigued going down the track time and again," Herbert said. "It was time to make a change and get a new car. We wanted to start the year out with a new car, but it just wasn't ready in time. We've done well in the first three races with an old car, setting career-best numbers at the first two events even. Hopefully we can get even better with a new car."
Crew chief Rob Flynn said the car could come in handy this weekend, especially if the warm weather sticks around.
"We've made a couple of test passes and it ran pretty well," Flynn said. "Most importantly it's new pipe and that alone should make a difference. It's a new
Herbert's '99 victory was especially lucrative. He became the first winner of the Winston No-Bull Challenge, pocketing a $100,000 bonus for the victory.
After three events, Herbert has one runner-up finish (
"It's great that we had a couple of weeks off to prepare for
"We have the team, the car, the driver and the tools to win races. We just need to put it all together and when we have the opportunity to win, we have to take advantage of it. There are no gimmies out here and every point is critical."
It may seem like the season just started, but really, there are just 20 races remaining.
"We need to average a semifinal appearance at every event," Herbert said. "You can't have first-round losses and plan on competing for a championship. There are at least 10 teams that have everything they need to run a competitive race and every round is going to be tough. If you beat a top 10 car, you are capable of winning the race."
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