Las Vegas II: Hillary Will final report

Hillary Will collects 50th round win of her career in Las Vegas; Remains No. 2 in points LAS VEGAS, (Nov. 2, 2008) -- As the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series nears its completion, Hillary Will, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, Nitro-fueled...

Hillary Will collects 50th round win of her career in Las Vegas; Remains No. 2 in points

LAS VEGAS, (Nov. 2, 2008) -- As the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series nears its completion, Hillary Will, driver of the 8,000-horsepower, Nitro-fueled Palm Beach Int'l Raceway/KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster, earned the 50th elimination-round win of her three-year Top Fuel career, Sunday, at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Will, the world's fastest female, qualified her palm tree-clad Palm Beach Int'l Raceway rail in the No. 6 (3.861 seconds, 303.84 mph) position for today's eliminations. In the opening round of the 16-car race-day tournament, Will defeated her Kalitta Motorsports teammate, No. 11 qualifier Doug Kalitta, 3.3.877 sec., 311.77 mph to 3.924 sec., 306.81 mph, to claim her golden landmark.

In the quarterfinals, Will matched up against Rod Fuller, Will's car began experiencing traction problems before it reached the half-track timing triggers and that let her opponent get to the finish line first, 4.648 sec., 199.23 mph to 3.813 sec., 318.32 mph.

Will will now enter the final event of the season in two weeks in Pomona, Calif., in 2nd place in POWERade championship points with a slight nine-point lead over 3rd place.

"I'm really proud of my team for getting our 50th round win together," Will, a 28-year old native of Fortuna, Calif., said. "We've had a great car all year long and that's because we have a great team and great owners (Las Vegas-based Ken and Kenny Black) and I can't thank them all enough.

"We're disappointed today, sure. We thought we had a good shot at getting another win today, but I guess it just wasn't in the cards. We're really happy we were able to stay in 2nd in points. Since the championship has already been decided, our goal is finish the year in 2nd. It's really close, but we'll be ready to fight hard for it in Pomona."

-credit: km/kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Rod Fuller , Hillary Will