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Old 10-12-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Palm Beach International Raceway goes big time!!

A big congrats to our new local track for sponsoring Hillary Will's top fuel car in todays NHRA finals. Looks like the boys running the show over there are putting in some serious effort to promote the new venue and they did their homework in getting a car in the finals. Now lets get that thing opened up so we can have some fun!!

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Old 10-13-2008, 05:39 AM   #2
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Saw that yesterday as well.

Now if our Corvette Brother MIKE, will get his azz in gear we can go racing.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:44 AM   #3
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HERE is some PR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KALITTA MOTORSPORTS
2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
Event 22 of 24
Virginia NHRA Nationals
Virginia Motorsports Park
Richmond, Va.
Oct. 10-12, 2008

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Hillary Will, Palm Beach Int’l Raceway Dragster – No. 2 qualifier (3.799 sec., 315.49 mph), advanced to final round


Hillary Will races to runner-up finish in Richmond; Moves into 2nd place in points


RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 12, 2008) – The world’s fastest female Hillary Will, driving the 8,000-horsepower Palm Beach Int’l Raceway Top Fuel dragster for KB Racing, LLC, came up just one round short of her second win of the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Sunday during final eliminations of the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va. However, with her final-round appearance, Will moved up from 5th to 2nd place in POWERade championship points.

Will, the No. 2 qualifier (3.799 sec., 315.49 mph), dispatched of No. 15 qualifier T.J. Zizzo in round one of Sunday’s eliminations. In the quarterfinals, Will defeated her Kalitta Motorsports teammate Dave Grubnic, driver of the DHL Top Fuel dragster, in a great side-by-side drag race, 3.877 seconds, 306.12 mph to 3.882 sec., 302.14 mph. Will made her third final-round trip of the 2008 NHRA season after vanquishing Doug Herbert in the semifinals, 3.837 sec., 302.96 mph to 5.604 sec., 142.97 mph.

In the final round of the 16-car eliminations, Will matched up against the Alan Johnson-tuned dragster. Will got the starting line advantage over her opponent, .078 seconds to .091 seconds, once the lights went green, but she ended up coming in second place for the event by a mere .023 seconds at the 1,000-ft. finish line stripe, 3.847 sec., 307.09 mph to 3.811 sec., 316.08 mph.

“We were so close and I never saw him, so I thought we had it,” Will, a 28-year old native of Fortuna, Calif., said. “I’m so thankful to be driving our car for this team. Jim ‘O’ (Oberhofer, crew chief) and our team always gives me an awesome car to drive. We did our best against a great team and we just didn’t get it, but I’m very proud of our team.

“We were running our KB Racing, LLC car for Palm Beach International Raceway for the first time this weekend and we went to the finals, so I hope we made them proud, too. We went from fifth to second in points, and that’s a really big deal to us. It’s the highest we’ve ever been in points. Sure, I’m disappointed we lost, but we have nothing to be down about. It was a great weekend”

Will is currently the only female driver competing in the Top Fuel class.

Will’s team of mechanics, led by Oberhofer, won the Full Throttle Pit Crew Award for qualifying excellence at the Richmond event. Will’s 3.799-second (1,000 ft.) lap in qualifying made her the quickest female in NHRA history.

Will is in 2nd place in POWERade championship points and in the NHRA Countdown to 1 postseason. There are now only two events remaining in the 2008 Countdown to the Championship.

Will became the fastest woman in the history of NHRA drag racing when she posted a 334.65-mph lap down the quarter-mile race track at the first of event of the 2008 season in Pomona, Calif. Will became the fastest female in the NHRA’s new 1,000-ft. era by crossing the track timers at 315.49 mph in Richmond.

A former standout in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, Will moved up to the quickest and fastest NHRA professional class, Top Fuel, in 2006 behind the wheel of a newly formed team owned by Las Vegas businessman Ken Black and managed by Kalitta Motorsports, the multi-car team founded and owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. She won her first Top Fuel event trophy in Norwalk (IHRA) in her rookie season and made her first NHRA final-round appearance in Memphis later that year. She finished the season in 10th place in Top Fuel championship points in ‘06. Will picked up an emotional first NHRA national event title in Topeka, Kan., June 1, 2008.


About Kalitta Motorsports

Based in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) POWERade Drag Racing Series. The racing operation was started in 1959 by now legendary drag racer and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta drives the flagship Top Fuel dragster for Mac Tools. Native Australian Dave Grubnic drives the DHL Top Fuel dragster, Jeff Arend drives the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, and Hillary Will drives the Ken Black-owned and Kalitta Motorsports-managed KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster.

Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by crew chiefs Jim Oberhofer (KB Racing, LLC dragster) and Glenn Mikres (DHL Funny Car). Connie serves as crew chief on the DHL dragster with assistance from co-crew chief James Riola. Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante are co-crew chiefs on the Mac Tools dragster.

Associate sponsors on all Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Mac Tools, Red Line Oil, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, K2M, and Toyota.

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports, please visit www.teamkalitta.com.


About KB Racing, LLC

KB Racing, LLC is owned by Las Vegas businessmen Ken Black and his son Kenny Black. In the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, KB Racing, LLC fields two Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock entries, one driven by Greg Anderson and the other by Jason Line, and a Top Fuel dragster, managed by Kalitta Motorsports and driven by Hillary Will.
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There are many new suprises to come! The new owners are great guys and they know how to market. Our hometown track is on the rise!
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Saw that yesterday as well.

Now if our Corvette Brother MIKE, will get his azz in gear we can go racing.
We are doing our best!! The dragger will be on the track soon!
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We are doing our best!! The dragger will be on the track soon!
You mean to tell us that ain't done yet either????????








































































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We are waiting for you to drop off your drag tires, since you don't use them!!
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yup...at the pace Bob goes there should be all of the rubber left on the tires when he bought them...
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yup...at the pace Bob goes there should be all of the rubber left on the tires when he bought them...
Those 8mph passes just don't seem to remove much rubber from the tires.
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Those 8mph passes just don't seem to remove much rubber from the tires.

..... but the brakes last F-O-R-E-V-E-R, and he doesn't risk dettatched retinas upon deccceleration, too.
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..... but the brakes last F-O-R-E-V-E-R, and he doesn't risk dettatched retinas upon deccceleration, too.
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I think the new track manager should get Hillary's car down here after the season and let some of us take a shot down the strip in that thing! I'll buy a beer for anyone who can hit 300 mph without wetting themselves.
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I think the new track manager should get Hillary's car down here after the season and let some of us take a shot down the strip in that thing! I'll buy a beer for anyone who can hit 300 mph without wetting themselves.

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That won't happen for a while for you Bob. See you will have to start off with some speed qualifying runs first to show that you can successfully handle 16 mph which is twice your current speed of 8 mph. Since I am an NHRA certified inspector I will be enforcing this progress. Sorry Bob I have to do this. This is my job. When you can handle the 16 mph you can have Robert and Dino sign off on your passes and then have Mike sign off and then we can start on the next hurdle of the jaw dropping speed of 30 mph. This process will continue in 10 mph increments until myself, all of your run witnesses and Mike deem you have the capacity to safely handle the car in increasing speeds and can safely slow down enough to make the RIGHT hand turn off. Any forgetful attempts to turn to the left will require all of the runs to restart at the 16 mph starting point.

Bob I support you in this endeavor to achieve these new goals in life. If Mike, Larry or myself can help you in any way to accomplish please feel free to contact us.

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That won't happen for a while for you Bob. See you will have to start off with some speed qualifying runs first ..... your current speed of 8 mph.....
..... that'd be like getting clocked at 292 MPH over the speed-limit.....


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Ed, your killing me with that stuff!!! Maybe we just let Bob wax that thing and tire shine those big Goodyears!
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I have been a Will fan since before she entered Top Fuel.

I guess you Floridian will be jumping the band wagon? All are welcome!!


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