Denver: Hillary Will final report

Will advances to the quarterfinals, gains one spot in standings MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2007) -- Hillary Will drove her KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster to the second round before being turned back by Rob...

Will advances to the quarterfinals, gains one spot in standings

MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2007) -- Hillary Will drove her KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster to the second round before being turned back by Rob Fuller during eliminations today at the 28th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

As the opening round got underway, it was still hot on the mountain in Denver. The thermometer read 92 degrees and on the track temperature sign board starter Rick Stewart had posted 127 degrees.

Brandon Bernstein and Will were the last pair of the first round. From the left lane, Will ran low elapsed time of the round, a 4.753 elapsed time. Will went straight down the Bandimere Speedway track, while Bernstein smoked the tires. Will now holds a 3-2 advantage over Bernstein in round wins.

In the quarterfinals, Will, who had earned lane choice, was matched against "Hot" Rod Fuller, who had the second quickest run in the opening round, a 4.781-second pass. Will did her job at the starting lights leaving first by 25 hundredths of a second. But then she lost traction, which enabled Fuller to motor toward the finish line. Then Fuller's dragster lost power a couple hundred feet from the finish line strip. But momentum was on his side and Fuller crossed first in 4.951 seconds. Will followed, recording a 7.462-second run.

Even in a losing effort, Will was able to gain valuable points and moves to the No. 11 spot in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings as the first segment of the Countdown to the Championship continues to wind to a close.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Brandon Bernstein , Rod Fuller , Hillary Will