Sonoma: Melanie Troxel Saturday summary

Will No. 7 at Infineon Raceway Faces Melanie Troxel in opening round SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2006) -- Saving her best qualifying run until last, a 4.597-second pass, Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed...

Will No. 7 at Infineon Raceway Faces Melanie Troxel in opening round

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2006) -- Saving her best qualifying run until last, a 4.597-second pass, Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster, qualified No. 7 on the final qualifying ladder for the 19th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals this weekend.

After having her car coast to the finish line in the opening session of qualifying, Will covered the Infineon Raceway quarter-mile in 4.626 seconds at 320.81 mph, good for the No. 7 position at the end of Friday's second session.

She continued to show improvement on Saturday, running an elapsed time of 4.604 seconds in Saturday's first session and improving that number by running a 4.597-second pass in the final session.

"We showed improvement session by session during qualifying," said the 26-year-old Will. "If we can continue that trend through four rounds of eliminations tomorrow, we'll be happy."

Tomorrow's first round opponent for Will is Melanie Troxel. Troxel's best pass of her four qualifying runs was a 4.608 seconds pass, good for 10th position.

-kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Hillary Will