Veteran Top Fuel racer Doug Herbert will compete at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol with the Mail Terminal Services Mail From Home program/B.R.A.K.E.S. dragster.
After not competing full time in the last two years, Herbert is excited to return to the track where he has won six times. He will promote the Mail From Home program, which honors the service personnel in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Mail Terminal Services, through its partnership with the U.S. Post Office, receives, sorts, and packages all of the mail going to the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Doug is committed to honoring military service personnel,” said Rodger Comstock, president of Mail Terminal Services. “His sister and brother-in-law have both served overseas, so he knows how tough it can be for servicemen and women to be away from home. Doug is a strong competitor that needs to be out racing on the NHRA national event circuit. I’m glad that we’re able to help him do that this weekend in Bristol.”
Herbert last competed in March at zMax Dragway, where he went to the final at the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. At last year’s event at Bristol Dragway, Herbert had a consistent car and earned the No. 8 qualifying position before losing in the first round to Doug Kalitta.
“It’ll be great to have the Mail From Home program on the car at Bristol,” said Herbert, who scored his first Top Fuel win at Thunder Valley. “I’ve been good friends with the Comstocks for many years. It will be fun to be back at Bristol. I love racing there.”
Herbert will also continue to spread the message of safe and responsible driving through his racing by featuring B.R.A.K.E.S. on his dragster. In addition to holding the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School in North Carolina, the organization is conducing schools in California as well, thanks to support from NHRA and K&N Filters. B.R.A.K.E.S. will provide hands-on training to more than 1,200 teenage drivers this year.
B.R.A.K.E.S. has partnered with the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities to conduct a fundraiser during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Race fans can support both charities by making a $2 donation to receive a B.R.A.K.E.S. wristband. The wristbands will be available at the B.R.A.K.E.S. booth in the Manufacturers Midway.
Mail From Home kiosks will be in Herbert’s pit area, Jack Beckman’s Funny Car pit area, and the Army Interactive area so that NHRA fans can send messages of support to U.S. troops, so stop by to say hi to a U.S. serviceperson and show you care.
The public, schools, and service organizations are welcome to participate in the Mail From Home program by sending their name, organization name, and number of postcards needed to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also submit names of friends and family serving in the war zones whom they would like to receive a box by sending the serviceperson’s name and APO number to the same e-mail address.
With the cards collected this season, Mail Terminal Services’ Mail From Home program will have sent almost half a million postcards of support to troops in the war zones.