Gainesville: Hillary Will preview

Hillary Will hopes for milestones at Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2006) -- The last time Hillary Will was on the Gainesville Raceway track was a little over two years ago when she earned her Top Alcohol Dragster...

Hillary Will hopes for milestones at Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2006) -- The last time Hillary Will was on the Gainesville Raceway track was a little over two years ago when she earned her Top Alcohol Dragster license at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School.

This weekend Will returns to the Gainesville track, this time behind the wheel of the KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster, for the NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals, the third of 23 national events on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

"I have never competed at Gainesville Raceway before, but I did have a personal milestone there in January of 2004 when I got my Top Alcohol Dragster license from the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School," said Will. "Earning my license in two days and having Mr. Hawley sign off on it has been one of my prouder racing accomplishments thus far. Hopefully after this race, I'll have other proud racing moments from this track."

The rookie driver, who grew up in Northern California, made her Top Fuel debut at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals in Pomona, Calif., and surprised many when she qualified fourth. At race No. 2 in Phoenix, she notched her first round win during the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals and is ninth, entering the Gainesville event, in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings.

Although early in the season, the Gatornationals is considered a pivotal race by many drivers. "I remember watching this race on TV last year, and hearing all the drivers talk about the importance of this race, and now I get to be a part of it. My teammate, Dave Grubnic, set a track record at Gainesville Raceway (last year) and I know that a lot of drag racing highlights have been recorded at this track. Hopefully our KB Racing LLC Top Fuel team will come away from this event with some of our own milestones this weekend," added Will.

Qualifying for Will and her KB Racing Top Fuel dragster begins with two sessions on St. Patrick's Day -- Friday, March 17 -- scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday -- March 18 -- also at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Will begins her quest for the ACDelco Gatornationals Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Gainesville time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for the 37th annual NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals can be seen on ESPN2 early Sunday morning (March 19) from 12:30-2:30 a.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 5 until 7 p.m. on Sunday (March 19). The elimination show repeats early Wednesday morning (March 22) 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, March 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

KB Racing LLC is owned by Las Vegas businessmen Ken Black and Kenny Black. KB Racing LLC fields the Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster driven by rookie driver Hillary Will. Autolite Spark Plugs, Calico Coatings, Findlay Automotive, Mac Tools, Red Line Oil, Summit Racing Equipment and the Technicoat Companies are associate marketing partners for 2006. In addition to Hillary Will's Top Fuel Dragster, KB Racing LLC also fields two Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock Pontiac GTOs, driven by Greg Anderson and Jason Line on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Anderson has won three consecutive POWERade Pro Stock Championships (2003-2005). Line finished third in the 2005 POWERade point standings and was honored with the 2004 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, presented to the most outstanding rookie in a professional category.

Kalitta Motorsports (www.kalittaracing.com), owned by the legendary drag racer and successful businessman Connie Kalitta, will field, in addition to Will's dragster, three additional nitro fuel cars -- two Top Fuel dragsters and a Funny Car -- in 2006 on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Doug Kalitta will drive the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, David Grubnic will handle the driving duties on the StriVectin-SD Top Fuel Dragster and Scott Kalitta moves from Top Fuel to the Kalitta Air Funny Car for 2006.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , David Grubnic , Scott Kalitta , Jason Line , Connie Kalitta , Hillary Will , Frank Hawley , Ken Black