Las Vegas: Hillary Will preview

Win at LVMS would be special for Hillary Will and the KB Racing team Hometown of team owners LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2007) -- Everybody likes to be around familiar things. Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed...

Win at LVMS would be special for Hillary Will and the KB Racing team Hometown of team owners

LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2007) -- Everybody likes to be around familiar things. Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed dragster, is no exception.

This weekend the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves to Las Vegas for the Eighth annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a track that Will has spent time at both testing and in competition.

"I'm so glad to be going back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway," said Will. "For me, it seems like it's my home track. It is the home track of our team owners, Ken, Judy, and Kenny Black, so a win at LVMS would be extra special. The Black Family has been so supportive since the formation of our team in late 2005. My crew chief, Jim Oberhofer, my other teammates and I always discuss how thankful we are to have them for team owners. We know we are very fortunate."

Will has experienced both highs and low at LVMS but knows that a win here would take on added meaning.

"We suffered what could have been a season-ending disaster two and a half months ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before our season even started," recalled Will. "We lost every piece of our dragster in a horrific preseason testing crash. However, we never lost the unwavering support of the Black Family and we never lost our determination to win.

"We have run well at the Vegas track in the past and I have had some success here before. I got my first national event win here in 2005 in my top alcohol dragster. I am confident that my KB Racing Top Fuel team can get our first NHRA win at LVMS this weekend."

The event title sponsor -- Summit Racing Equipment -- is also an associate sponsor on the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed dragster of Will.

As a side note, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will honor local businessman and team owner Ken Black for his contribution to motorsports at the Mel Larson Night of Champions on Wednesday, April 11, at the Bellagio. For table and ticket information, please contact Janae Melvin at jmelvin@lvms.com.

QUALIFYING: Qualifying for the nitro fuel cars begins on Friday, April 13, with two sessions at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. (Funny Car is up first, followed by Top Fuel in both sessions). Qualifying for nitro fuel cars concludes on Saturday, April 14, with two sessions at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. (Top Fuel starts the sessions, followed by Funny Car). Final eliminations for all teams begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Times are local Las Vegas time (PT) and subject to change.

-credit: kbr/km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Oberhofer , Hillary Will , Ken Black