Hill to face Dixon in Finals BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 22) -- For the first time in three years, Pennzoil Racing Top Fuel legend Eddie "The Thrill" Hill has reached the final round of eliminations of a National Hot Rod Association event.
Hill to face Dixon in Finals
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 22) -- For the first time in three years, Pennzoil Racing Top Fuel legend Eddie "The Thrill" Hill has reached the final round of eliminations of a National Hot Rod Association event. Hill bettered Doug Kalitta in the semifinal round of the Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway with a 4.563-second blast at 313.00 mph against Kalitta's 5.783-second pass at 155.24 mph.
It was at this event in 1996 when the 63-year-old Hill last reached the final round of a national event. Hill already holds the distinction of being the oldest driver in history to win a national event when he was victorious at Denver's Mile High Nationals in 1996 at the age of 60. Hill is also the oldest pilot to win a world championship, having taken the title in 1993 at the age of 57.
Hill, from Wichita Falls, Texas, will now face Larry Dixon in the finals. Dixon beat Gary Scelzi in his semifinal match-up with a 4.542-second lap at 307.22 mph.
"It would be impossible to find anyone as excited as I am right now," Hill said. "That lap felt awesome, just like the other two today, and I find it hard to say how happy we are to reach this point of a race. The car is just perfect.
"We really needed this sort of luck. We literally came here with $14.85 in our team checking account and this sort of production will really help. I'd dearly love to keep it up for one more round.
"My hats off to the crew. They have given me a very quick car today. We've been hitting around this sort of consistency all year. You know you have a car that can win it all but you never know until it performs like this. One more lap is all we need."