Denver: Hillary Will Saturday summary

Will goes against Vandergriff from No. 7 position MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2006) -- After a brief mid season hiatus, Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster, returned to work in the 100 ...

Will goes against Vandergriff from No. 7 position

MORRISON, Colo. (July 15, 2006) -- After a brief mid season hiatus, Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster, returned to work in the 100 plus degree heat at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

During the break, Will visited with friends and her sister Kim in California and watched the IHRA race and her teammates Doug Kalitta shake down Scott Kalitta's Funny Car in Milan, Mich. Will chronicles her time off in her blog on NHRA.com and you can see a video interview of her from Milan on 1320TV.com.

The website www.1320TV.com is the brainchild of veteran journalist Susan Wade and is an innovative and interesting site that highlights the world of drag racing with news and interviews by way of video. If your interest is drag racing, a trip to 1320tv.com is well worth the visit.

But this weekend it is back to the office as Will, who is No. 10 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings entering this event, began her quest for a season-long top ten finish in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings at the quarter-mile track at Bandimere Speedway, which has the highest elevation of any track on the circuit.

"It was nice to have a break, but it felt like a really long time off," said Will, as she headed into qualifying for the Mopar Mile-High Nationals. I'm really glad to be back in my dragster even though we're here in Denver and it feels like it's about a 150 inside my firesuit, I'm loving this."

During qualifying, Will, who is one of the leading candidates for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award (Rookie of the Year), recorded elapsed times (E.T.) of 8.941, 4.662, 5.678 and 4.961 seconds in the four qualifying session which placed her No. 7 on the final qualifying ladder.

In tomorrow's opening round eliminations which gets underway at noon Denver time, Will squares off against Bob Vandergriff, Jr., who qualified No. 10 with an E.T. of 4.704 seconds.

"I really glad that we qualified in the top half of the field," said Will as she ended qualifying that begins the last half of her rookie season. "I like our chances for tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to going rounds.

Qualifying highlights for 27th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (July 15) from 10 p.m. until 12 midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 9 p.m. until 12 midnight. (Sunday, July 16). The elimination show repeats early Monday morning (July 17) from 2:30-4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday morning, July 16, from 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

-KB Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Scott Kalitta , Bob Vandergriff , Hillary Will