Seattle: Hillary Will preview

Hillary Will set to return to racing roots in Seattle SEATTLE, Wash., (July 15, 2008) -- This weekend, July 18-20, Hillary Will, driver of the 8,000-horsepower KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster, returns to familiar "left coast" surroundings for...

Hillary Will set to return to racing roots in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash., (July 15, 2008) -- This weekend, July 18-20, Hillary Will, driver of the 8,000-horsepower KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster, returns to familiar "left coast" surroundings for the annual running of the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals, the 14th event of the 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series, at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., just a few miles southeast of the Seattle city limits.

"I'm really looking forward to going out west," Will, a 28-year old native of Fortuna, Calif., said. "It's nice to be in familiar surroundings, and Pacific Raceways is a track where I've raced many times in NHRA's sportsman classes. We even won a match race there in Top Alcohol Dragster. I have every reason to believe we can win this weekend with our KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster."

Will is currently in 7th place in POWERade championship points.

Beginning with the previous event in Denver, the NHRA instituted a new racing distance for the nitro-fueled classes of Funny Car and Top Fuel dragster to 1,000 ft., as opposed to the traditional distance of 1,320 ft., or a quarter of a mile, as a temporary safety solution to help the drivers of the world's quickest and fastest racing safely bring their cars to a stop more efficiently. The unprecedented action is in response to the tragic death of Kalitta Motorsports' Scott Kalitta, who died in a high-speed Funny Car qualifying accident in Englishtown, N.J., June 21.

Will became the fastest woman in the history of NHRA drag racing when she posted a 334.65-mph lap down the quarter-mile race track at the first of event of the 2008 season in Pomona, Calif. She became the first driver of either gender to go over 300 mph at the new 1,000-ft. finish line in Denver with a 302.21-mph mark in qualifying.

"It was certainly different racing to 1,000 ft., but the thrill of acceleration and speed is still there for us as drivers and for the fans. The level of competition in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series is so intense to begin with, but I think racing to 1,000 ft. is going to make it more competitive and just as, if not more, exciting for everyone."

Will is currently the only female driver competing in the Top Fuel class.

-credit: km/kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Kalitta , Hillary Will