Staying busy outside of racingMonday, October 17, 2011
Posted by: Doug Herbert, Herbert Performance/BRAKES

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My birthday gift
Hello blog fans. First of all I want to send my sincere condolences to Dan Wheldon’s family; our racing family lost another champion much too soon. Rest in peace, Dan.

To update everyone since my last blog entry, I am still working hard to find the sponsor support to get out the NHRA races and run the Top Fuel dragster that I have sitting here! In fact I have two race-ready cars, a race transporter, a hospitality transporter, and a souvenir rig and we are ready to go racing. I have a couple of irons in the fire right now that would enable us to get back to the track. One thing for sure is that the first place to know about me finding a sponsor would be all my friends at NHRA and my blog readers!

A couple weeks ago I took Jessie and our friends Wanda and Ally up to Maggie Valley, N.C., to see our pal Hoss Howard and his band perform at Stingrays. It was a great show and what a nice place Maggie Valley is. Hoss is actually getting some songs recorded by some of the top artists so keep your eye out for him to bust onto the scene big time.

Last week I had a chance to join the North Carolina State troopers out at the Cleveland country fair. They had a great display with several of the old patrol vehicles that they used back in the 1950s and 60s. Our friend “Fergo,” Officer Ferguson, was sure to help us get the word out about B.R.A.K.E.S. and what we are doing to keep our teens safe on the roads. The had a very sobering display of car keys that were taken from accident scenes that had a teen fatality. They called the board “the last place your keys hang” and, wow, it really makes you think about the 6,000 teens that lose their lives each year in auto accidents.

Unfortunately I missed the race this past weekend in Phoenix but luckily for me I still got a bit of a racing fix since the NASCAR guys were racing here in Charlotte. The racing in town actually help bring in quite a bit of walk in traffic to the Doug Herbert Performance Center that is in a great location just across the street from the speedway and ZMax Dragway.

My birthday was just a couple weeks ago and one of the best birthday gifts I received was from my buddy Jason, Stoker Ace Kid in Idaho. A signed Cam Newton authentic jersey -- very cool! Thanks Jason!

Yesterday Kyle Petty and Dianne Baldwin invited me to go on the “Ride to Victory” fundraiser ride for Kyle’s charity Victory Junction Camp. It was a great ride up through the North Carolina mountains and the Lake Lure/ Chimney Rock area, ending up at the Ashville Harley Davidson dealer. Kyle has done great things with Victory Junction in memory of his son Adam. I am lucky to call him a friend and really happy to be able to help him with Victory.

Ginger is hard at work getting ready for the Mrs. North Carolina pageant this Saturday! I am excited and I know I am slightly biased but I think she is a shoo-in!

Until next time.