Englishtown: Hillary Will preview

Englishtown next up for Will ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) -- Hillary Will, the California-native, who now calls Ypsilanti, Mich. home, hopes that this weekend is the breakthrough race that the rookie driver needs to catapult her into the...

Englishtown next up for Will

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) -- Hillary Will, the California-native, who now calls Ypsilanti, Mich. home, hopes that this weekend is the breakthrough race that the rookie driver needs to catapult her into the top ten in the NHRA POWERade point standings. Will, who has three round-wins to her credit and has qualified in the top half of the field in six of her 10 starts, including a personal-best second in Bristol, needs to pick up 61 points to crack the elite top ten.

Entering the 11th of 23 races in the POWERade Drag racing Series, the 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Will, who drives the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster, occupies the No. 12 position in the Top Fuel point standings.

The K&N Filters Supernationals is the second of three back-to-back-to-back races in the month of June. As she rapidly approaches the halfway point of her rookie season, Will plans to use her previous experience as a Top Alcohol Dragster driver under the tutelage of Bucky Austin and her experience as a Top Fuel driver thus far this season under the tutelage of crew chief Jim Oberhofer and the entire resources of Kalitta Motorsports to help her en route to the top ten.

"I can't pinpoint the most important thing I have learned so far this year," reflected Will, on the eve of Englishtown. "We are not even halfway through the season and I have gained so much knowledge that I could write pages upon pages if I were to sum it all up."

"Obviously, the most important aspect of my learning curve is becoming a better driver. At the same time, I'm adjusting to life as a professional racer, getting accustomed to being on such a dynamic team, learning how to be a tougher competitor, and learning a lot about life in general."

Qualifying for Will and her KB Racing LLC dragster begins with two nitro fuel sessions on Friday, June 16, scheduled for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and concludes with two additional nitro fuel sessions on Saturday, June 17, at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Will begins her quest for the K&N Filters Supernationals Top Fuel title on Sunday, June 18, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Englishtown, N.J. time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (June 17) from 5-7 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 4-7 p.m. (Sunday, June 18). The elimination show repeats early Tuesday morning (June 20) from 2-4 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the latest information about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday morning, June 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Oberhofer , Bucky Austin , Hillary Will