Hillary Will qualifies No. 7; Runs career best speed -- 331.04 mph POMONA, Calif. (November 3, 2007) -- In the heat of Saturday afternoon, Hillary Will drove her KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Support our Troops and Families Top...
Hillary Will qualifies No. 7; Runs career best speed -- 331.04 mph
POMONA, Calif. (November 3, 2007) -- In the heat of Saturday afternoon, Hillary Will drove her KB Racing-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Support our Troops and Families Top Fuel dragster to the top speed of her professional career (331.04 mph) and the quickest elapsed time (4.538 seconds) since earlier this season.
Her run was good for the No. 7 qualifying position and came just one week after Will didn't make the field at Las Vegas.
Crew chief Jim Oberhofer indicated that since Reading they had changed everything but one wire. Just recently they found that the wire they hadn't changed was a major contributor to the reason that the car's performance had fallen off.
Will also ran a 330-plus (mph) pass in the final session, the second time she exceeded the 330 mph mark today.
"It's been a great day and I'm happy to see my team smiling," said Will. "We tried for 45 races to run 330 mph and we finally did it two runs in a row. We're overdue to go rounds tomorrow. Larry Dixon has had our number all year and I think it's time for payback for him."
Will faces Dixon in the opening round of qualifying tomorrow.
Recently, Will lost her cousin in a tragic accident and is carrying a tribute to him on her dragster. "I have a new decal on my dragster that a lot of people have been asking me about. It's to honor my cousin, Matt Will, who passed away Oct. 9. He was battling the Colorado Fire in Monterey County (Calif.) when his bulldozer rolled and he sustained severe injuries to his head... Matt, passed away after being airlifted to San Jose Regional Medical Center in California," said Will.
"Matt always wanted to come to one of our races but he never made it."
Matt's wife, Dee Dee, and children, Trysten, who is 10, and Elsie, who is 8, are with Hillary Will at the Finals this weekend as Hillary's guests.
"I'm going to do the best I can to win for them," added Will. "Coming in here, I said that my cousins were going to be my lucky charms. They have been so far, and hopefully they are all day tomorrow, too. It would be so awesome to have them in the winner's circle with us."