Brainerd: Hillary Will Saturday notes

A win at BIR would be special for Hillary Will BRAINERD, Minn. (August 11 2007) -- As the KB Racing team tries to improve their position in the Countdown to the Championship, driver Hillary Will placed her KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta ...

A win at BIR would be special for Hillary Will

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 11 2007) -- As the KB Racing team tries to improve their position in the Countdown to the Championship, driver Hillary Will placed her KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster in the No. 11 position at the 28th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals being held this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR).

With rain occasionally stopping Saturday's morning proceedings, Will's best of four qualifying passes was a run was a 4.649-second run at 322.81 mph during session four.

A win tomorrow would rate high with Will

"A win at BIR would be special," said Will. "This is where Ken Black, team owner of KB Racing, and Kalitta Motorsports hired me. I cam here as an aspiring driver and now I have the best job in the world. It will be even better if we win Top Fuel and get a spot in the top eight in points.. I'm confident going into tomorrow's eliminations as we improved each session throughout qualifying."

With her sights set on a position in the top eight in Top Fuel points, Will begins her quest when she faces Morgan Lucas in the opening round of eliminations. Lucas qualified No. 6 (4.602/327.19).

ELIMINATIONS: Final eliminations for the Lucas Oil Nationals begin for all teams at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. All qualifying and eliminations times are local Brainerd, Minn. time (CT) and subject to change.

TELEVISION: Qualifying highlights for the 28th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD early Sunday morning (Aug. 12) beginning at 12:30 a.m. and concluding at 1:30 a.m.. ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD will also air same-day coverage of eliminations on Sunday (Aug. 12) from 7-10 p.m. The elimination show repeats early Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, from 4-6 a.m. Also, be sure to tune into NHRA Race Day, the show which provides the drag racing fan with the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The Lucas Oil Nationals installment of NHRA Race Day can be seen on Sunday (Aug. 12) on ESPN2 / ESPN2 HD from 11-11:30 a.m. Television times are ET and subject to change without notice. Check your local listing.

COUNTDOWN to the CHAMPIONSHIP: In its simplest form, the Countdown breaks the $50 million, 23-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season up into three distinct segments: the 17-race Countdown to 8, the four-race Countdown to 4 and the two-race Countdown to 1.

After the 17 regular season races, all teams will continue vying for points, with full fields, but only the top eight drivers continue to vie for the championship in the four-race second segment. The top four drivers after the four-race playoff then move to the third and final segment that will be run over the final two races -- the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals in Las Vegas and the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona. While all teams will continue vying for points, with full fields, only one of the four can be crowned the 2007 champion.

Also of special note is that after the first segment the top eight drivers in each of the four professional classes will have their points adjusted in 10-point increments with No. 1 receiving 2,000 points and No. 8 receiving 2,070 points. After the second segment the top four drivers in each of the four professional classes will have their points adjusted again in 10-point increments with No. 1 receiving 3,000 points and No. 4 receiving 3,030 points.

-credit: kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas , Hillary Will , Ken Black