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Will turned back by teammate in second round Picks up points on No. 8 in process MOHNTON, Penn. (October 1, 2006) --Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster advanced to the second round...

Will turned back by teammate in second round
Picks up points on No. 8 in process

MOHNTON, Penn. (October 1, 2006) --Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster advanced to the second round before being turned back by teammate Doug Kalitta.

In the first round, for the third time in four meetings this season, Will defeated Bob Vandergriff, Jr. Will recorded a 4.597-second pass, while Vandergriff coasted to the finish line after losing traction and smoking the big Goodyears.

In round two, Will was matched against POWERade Top Fuel point leader Kalitta, also out of the Kalitta Motorsports camp.

Will was out by a whole bunch on her teammate at the green light but then lost traction and could only watch as Kalitta took the win light and advanced to the semifinals. Will's reaction time was .069 of a second to a .190 for Kalitta, but Will saw her day come to an abrupt end when she smoked the tires.

"After being consistent through qualifying this weekend and into the first round today, it was a surprise when I lost traction against Doug [Kalitta}," said Will. "I'm disappointed for my team as they always work hard to give me a car that is capable of winning and they deserve to be in the winner's circle. We plan to stay and test to get ready for Richmond. We still feel that we are capable of winning races this season and are continuing to work hard to do just that."

In the NHRA POWERade point battle in Top Fuel, the rookie driver moved closer to the No. 8 spot in the standings. Will leaves Reading in the No. 9 position but picked up points on Morgan Lucas, who lost in the first round. She is now just 30 points behind Lucas in her bid to overtake the No. 8 spot.

With only three races left on the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Will and her KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed team moves straight to Virginia Motorsports Park, in Petersburg, Va., near Richmond, for the NHRA Torco Nationals, October 6-8. The NHRA circuit returns to Virginia Motorsports Park for the first time in five years. The series previously raced here from 1995 to 2000.

-credit: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Morgan Lucas , Bob Vandergriff , Hillary Will