Sonoma: Hillary Will preview

Will knows visit to Infineon Raceway important SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2007) -- As Hillary Will returns to Infineon Raceway for the second time as a professional driver in her Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster owned by KB Racing...

Will knows visit to Infineon Raceway important

SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2007) -- As Hillary Will returns to Infineon Raceway for the second time as a professional driver in her Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster owned by KB Racing LLC, she knows how important the 20th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals is this weekend.

With only this race and two other remaining in the first segment of the Countdown to the Championship, Will must make up a current 85 point deficit for an opportunity to land a spot among the eight Top Fuel drivers that will advance to the second segment of the Countdown. In the Top Fuel class only Rod Fuller has clinched a position but others are rapidly closing in on a spot in the elite eight. Will definitely wants to be among the eight. (For more information on the Countdown to the Championship, see below.)

"My entire KB Racing team knows how important this race is in Sonoma," said Will. "We know it's critical for us to do well if we are going to land ourselves in the top eight. There's no doubt that the desire is there and the ability is there as well.

"Our whole team is really intense right now because we want to win so badly. Sometimes I think there's such thing as wanting something too much. I'll admit that I've probably been trying too hard lately. There comes a point when you just have to take a step back and go have some fun. We are going into this race with a positive outlook. Racing at Infineon Raceway, my home track, will be a lot of fun and so will winning rounds."

Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, Calif., the site of the FRAM Autolite Nationals this weekend, holds many memories for Will on her road to a career as a Top Fuel driver. "I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of friends and family this weekend," said the 27-year-old driver. "My family and I have done a lot of racing at the Sonoma track over the years. Even before I raced, we used to come watch this event. It was a family vacation for us. I would spend the whole weekend getting driver autographs and watching from the grandstands."

As a sportsman racer, Infineon Raceway is where Will, who was born and raised in the Northern California town of Fortuna, advanced to her first final round in Super Street. "I came here in 1999 as a novice racer and after advancing to my first final ever left Infineon knowing that I wanted to be a drag racer," recalled Will.

Now seven years later, Will hopes that she can duplicate or better that outing.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rod Fuller , Hillary Will