Memphis: Hillary Will preview

Will to battle heat in first visit to Memphis MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 16, 2006) -- The 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves to Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., for the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals...

Will to battle heat in first visit to Memphis

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (August 16, 2006) -- The 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series moves to Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., for the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals this weekend, the 17th event of 2006.

Back in the 50s, Memphis provided the winning start for Elvis Presley and other "rock and roll" stars of his generation. Fifty years later, Hillary Will, driver of the KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel Dragster, hopes Memphis provides her a drive to the Winner's Circle this Sunday.

Advance weather forecasts call for the temperatures to be near or over 100 degrees on Friday and Saturday during qualifying and a cooler 92 degrees during eliminations on Sunday, if you can call 92 degrees cool.

While Will has never raced on the quarter-mile in Memphis, she has heard stories about the heat that is always prevalent in the Mississippi Delta during the summer time. But the rookie driver has confidence in her team and knows that they have the experience on hot, slippery tracks and that experience can lead her to the final round of eliminations and the win light.

Will, who is No. 9 in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel point standings, is one of the leading candidates for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. A win in Memphis would not only be her first but would give the 26-year-old Will, a resident of Ypsilanti, Mich., who grew up in Northern California, a boost in her quest for the prestigious Rookie of the Year award.

Qualifying for Will and her KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed team begins with two nitro fuel sessions on Friday, August 18, scheduled for 5:30 and 8 p.m. and concludes with two additional nitro fuel sessions on Saturday, August 19, at 3 and 7 p.m. Will begins her quest for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals Top Fuel title on Sunday, August 20, with eliminations for all classes beginning at 3 p.m. NOTE THE LATE START FOR ELIMINATIONS. All times are local Memphis time (CT) and subject to change at anytime.

-credit: kb racing

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