Will advances to first semifinal of her career ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2006) -- Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster, advanced to the first semifinal of her professional career before...
Will advances to first semifinal of her career
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2006) -- Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster, advanced to the first semifinal of her professional career before being tuned back by Larry Dixon during today's eliminations for the 37th annual NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals.
"I'm extremely pleased about going to the semifinals today," said Will. "I'm really pleased with our progress and I feel it's only going to get even better from here. We had a breakthrough race and I feel we've turned the corner."
"My team provided me with a good car today and I'm glad I was able to do a good job driving for them. I'm happy with my lights but I want to get them more consistent. I have a lot of confidence going into St. Louis."
En route to her semifinal match up with Dixon, Will defeated Bob Vandergriff, Jr. and J.R. Todd.
In the opening round, Will got away first with an excellent .033-second leave, then in a tire smoking battle the Ypsilanti, Mich. driver prevailed over Vandergriff. The scoreboards read 5.741 for Will and 5.935 for Vandergriff. This moved Will to the second round against J.R. Todd, a match up of two rookies.
In the second round, it was all Will against Todd. Will was first off the line and first to the finish line at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Will stopped the finish line lights in 4.754 seconds. Next match up for Will was Larry Dixon in the semifinals.
Against Dixon, Will smoked the tires (lost traction) and Dixon raced away to a win light as Will could only watch. Dixon recorded an elapsed time of 4.754 seconds, while Will coasted to a 10.113-second pass.
The KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed team now moves to Gateway International Raceway, the final race of three back-to-back-to-back race weekends, for the 10th annual NHRA O'Reilly Midwest Nationals, June 23-25. This race marks the generally accepted midpoint to the 23-race 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.
The elimination show for the 37th annual NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals, which was broadcast earlier today, repeats early Tuesday morning (June 20) from 2-4 a.m. on ESPN2. Television time is Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.