Will wins in IHRA debut at Norwalk First win of her Top Fuel rookie season NORWALK, OHIO (August 28, 2006) -- Rain delayed the start yesterday, then postponed the final round of nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel eliminations until today for the IHRA...
Will wins in IHRA debut at Norwalk
First win of her Top Fuel rookie season
NORWALK, OHIO (August 28, 2006) -- Rain delayed the start yesterday, then postponed the final round of nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel eliminations until today for the IHRA Skull Shine World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park (NRP) in Norwalk, Ohio.
The wait was worth it for Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster, as she won the first Top Fuel race of her rookie season in her first-ever IHRA national event.
Yesterday, in the opening round, Will got by Rick Cooper, who broke a blower belt. Will covered the NRP quarter-mile in 4.667 seconds to a 4.864 second pass by Cooper.
For Will, her semifinal match up was a good old drag race. Both Will and Bruce Litton left together at the start. At the finish line, it was Will first in 4.604 seconds, followed by Litton in 4.747 seconds. The win sent Will to the final round against IHRA Top Fuel regular Doug Foley, who is No. 2 in the IHRA Top Fuel point standings coming into this race.
Then the rains returned and Will was forced to wait until Monday to compete in the final round.
On Monday, Foley was out first at the green but had to get off the throttle when the front end of his dragster started to lift. This allowed Will to blast on by Foley and take the win light. Will's winning time was 4.624 seconds. Foley recorded a 6.051 second run in a losing effort.
Will's KB Racing LLC Dragster, operated and managed by Kalitta Motorsports, and tuned by crew chief Jim Oberhofer was a model of consistency throughout the weekend.
With a runner-up finish at the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis, Tenn. one week ago and a win here at NRP at the IHRA Skull Shine World Nationals, Will now heads to Indianapolis for the 52nd running of the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with momentum on her side.
-credit: kb racing