Gainesville: Hillary Will preview

Hillary Will and the KB Racing, LLC team looking for win lights and 3s in Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 12, 2008) -- At the first two events of this season's 24-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, rising rail star Hillary Will,...

Hillary Will and the KB Racing, LLC team looking for win lights and 3s in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 12, 2008) -- At the first two events of this season's 24-event NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, rising rail star Hillary Will, driver of the 8,000-horspower KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster, has set the track record for speed, for either gender, at both of the quarter-miles at Phoenix Int'l Raceway (334.32 mph) and at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.) (334.56 mph). Will's speedy blast in California also established her as the fastest female in the history of NHRA drag racing.

This weekend, March 13-16, Will and her team will try for their third consecutive track speed record at legendary Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., during the annual running of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. The current speed record on the famed Florida drag strip is 333.95 mph.

"That would be a great accomplishment for my team, but we're looking for something more," Will, a 27-year old native of Fortuna, Calif., said. "Our team has been working so hard to give me a great race car to drive. It would be incredible to pick up our first win (NHRA) in Gainesville this weekend. The Gatornationals is near the top of every driver's 'want-to-win' list. Maybe we can have the best of both worlds and do both this weekend."

Will recently returned from a 10-day trip to Afghanistan as part of a goodwill military tour with NASCAR drivers Ricky Craven, Randy LaJoie, and Jeff Fuller. "The trip was very rewarding," Will stated. "Seeing what our troops go though over there every day makes you cherish the freedoms that we have that we often take for granted. It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least."

Will is currently tied for 8th place in 2008 POWERade Top Fuel championship points.

-credit: km/kbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeff Fuller , Ricky Craven , Hillary Will