Gainesville: Hillary Will Saturday summary

Hillary Will No. 6 at Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2006) -- Hillary Will placed the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster No. 6 on the final qualifying ladder at the 37th annual NHRA ...

Hillary Will No. 6 at Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2006) -- Hillary Will placed the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster No. 6 on the final qualifying ladder at the 37th annual NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals. Will's best of four qualifying runs was a 4.566-second pass at 324.79 mph.

On Friday, Will started with a bang and ended with a bang. In the first qualifying session, the rookie driver placed her Jim O-tuned dragster in the No. 2 spot with a pass of 4.646 seconds. In Friday's final session the bang came in the form of a spectacular engine explosion caused by a lifter problem.

Will and her team recovered from Friday's engine explosion by tripping the Gainesville Raceway finish lights in 4.575 seconds at 320.17 mph during Saturday's opening session of qualifying, moving Will into fifth on the qualifying ladder at the time. Her fourth and final pass was another consistent run of 4.566 seconds and Will finished in the top half of the field for tomorrow's eliminations.

"We've been pretty consistent throughout qualifying," said Will. "The blow up on Friday night was an occurrence that was out of our control and resulted from a failed lifter. I'm pleased that we have such a consistent car and look forward to eliminations tomorrow."

In the opening round, Will faces the No. 11 qualifier Bob Vandergriff, Jr. Vandergriff qualified with a pass of 4.627 seconds at 321.54 mph.

Will, who made her professional Top Fuel debut at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals, is now competing in her third race. "I no longer have first race jitters. I'm much more comfortable in the car with each pass I make. Thing seem to be coming together for me," Will reflected.

Tomorrow, Will begins her quest for the ACDelco Gatornationals Top Fuel title with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Gainesville time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

-kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Vandergriff , Hillary Will