Pomona: Hillary Will Saturday summary

Hillary Will qualifies No. 4 in debut Runs 4.515 seconds POMONA, Calif. (February 11, 2006) -- Qualifying for Hillary Will was a success, with Will qualifying the KB Racing LLC-owned,...

Hillary Will qualifies No. 4 in debut
Runs 4.515 seconds

POMONA, Calif. (February 11, 2006) -- Qualifying for Hillary Will was a success, with Will qualifying the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed dragster in the No. 4 position on the final qualifying ladder for the season-opening NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals.

In her much anticipated debut race, the 25-year-old Will's best of four qualifying passes was 4.515 seconds, which she ran twice. Unfortunately, her last qualifying pass ended in the sand at the top end of the Auto Club Raceway of Pomona quarter-mile track..

Following what otherwise was almost a picture perfect debut, Will said of the incident, "I flat didn't get the chutes out in time. It was that simple."

According to crew chief Jim Oberhofer, the KB Racing/Kalitta Motorsports dragster is just dirty. Structurally, there is no damage and the car will be ready for tomorrow.

In tomorrow's first round of eliminations, Will, who was runner-up at last year's Winternationals in Top Alcohol Dragster, squares off against Morgan Lucas. Lucas qualified No. 13 with a pass of 4.579 seconds at 323.66 mph.

Will begins her quest for the CarQuest Winternationals Top Fuel title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Pomona time (PST) and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for the 46th annual NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (Feb. 11) from 10 p.m. until 12 midnight. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 12). The elimination show repeats early Tuesday morning (Feb. 14) from 3-5 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas , Jim Oberhofer , Hillary Will