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Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Chicago, Ill.
(June 5-8)

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Hillary Will
KB Racing dragster

Will looking for back-to-back wins

Chicago, pre-race: A permanent smile is beginning to form on the face of NHRA Top Fuel star Hillary Will, driver of the 8,000-horsepower KB racing, LLC dragster, as she and her team make the trip to Joliet, Ill., just south of Chicago, this weekend, June 5-8, for the annual running of the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

At the previous NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event in Topeka, Kan., last Sunday, Will, the worlds fastest female (334.65 mph), won the first Top Fuel title trophy of her three-year career. She became the 11th female to win an NHRA event, and the Ann Arbor, Mich., resident has been overjoyed ever since the triumph.

Its still all just starting to soak in, Will, a 28-year old native of Fortuna, Calif., said. Its been a whirlwind since we won, and Ive not had a lot of time to just relax and think about it. Im still pinching myself to make sure its not all a dream.

Its a huge relief for me and my KB Racing, LLC team to finally get a win. Weve been through a lot together, and weve been through some really tough times together, but going through the down times makes us all appreciate this accomplishment even more. Weve had to fight through quite a bit of adversity, but we persevered and it paid off.

Route 66 Raceway is a great facility, and the race track is one of the best in the country, so were really looking forward to racing in Joliet this weekend, and hopefully well have a chance to make it two wins in a row.

Will became the 8th female Top Fuel winner in NHRA history with her Topeka victory.  She joined other auto racing female winners in what has become the year of the woman racer so far in 2008. Recently, Ashley Force became the first female event winner in the NHRA Funny Car class, and Danica Patrick became the first woman to win in the Indy Car Series earlier this year. Also, in May, Melanie Troxel became the first woman to win event titles in both of the NHRAs nitro-fueled classes Top Fuel and Funny Car.

Will is currently in 4th place in POWERade championship points.

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