Brainerd Eddie Hill Report

Pennzoil's Hill zooms into semis BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 22) -- Pennzoil Top Fuel pilot Eddie "The Thrill" Hill has advanced to the semifinal round of the Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals after an impressive quarterfinal defeat of ...

Pennzoil's Hill zooms into semis

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 22) -- Pennzoil Top Fuel pilot Eddie "The Thrill" Hill has advanced to the semifinal round of the Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals after an impressive quarterfinal defeat of Tony Schumacher Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway.

Hill, who won this event in 1993, had this race handed to him at the starting line when Schumacher jumped the lights prematurely. Still, the 63-year-old Texan went on to post his best lap of the weekend, crossing the timers in 4.569 seconds at 312.93 mph.

The semifinals will see Hill squaring off against 1998 Rookie of the Year Doug Kalitta, who was allowed to win his Round 2 lap by his cousin Scott Kalitta. Scott merely staged his car and then let Doug, whose in the midst of the championship points battle, try to run a quick enough lap to take lane choice over Hill. But Doug struggled to find traction and carded a partially shut-off 8.735-second pass at 96.38 mph.

"We're just tickled that we continue to improve each round," Hill said. "Thank goodness the weather is holding like it is. This cloud cover is keeping it nice and cool and we've been able to use the exact tune-up we had during our best qualifying run.

"You can't ask for much more out of the day so far. We started out of the No. 2 slot and have earned lane choice twice already. Plus, we've had two real nice laps. Now it starts to get real interesting."

Bruce Allen, the driver of The Outlaw Fuel Additives Pro Stock Pontiac, lost his second round race against Mark Pawuk. Allen posted a 7.095-second lap at 193.68 mph against Pawuk's 7.077-second pass at 194.13 mph.

"The Outlaw car floated around a little and got a loose enough to cost us the race," Allen said. "But, Mark probably had us covered any ways. He left on us slightly and outran us on the track. Basically, that's why I got welded.

"I'm still pretty pleased with the weekend. I'd rather lose the way we did, going down fighting and making the other guy beat us, then to give it all away on Race Day. We had our best qualifying effort of the year and won a round on Sunday, which is something we haven't done in awhile. We continue to make progress and that's always a good thing."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Doug Kalitta , Scott Kalitta , Bruce Allen