Enders Pro Stock SuperBowl Houston summary

Testing is over -- Enders looks toward pro debut BAYTOWN, Texas -- Erica Enders is already looking ahead to next weekend. As soon as she suffered a first-round loss in the Pro Stock SuperBowl at Houston Raceway Park Saturday, she started...

Testing is over -- Enders looks toward pro debut

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Erica Enders is already looking ahead to next weekend. As soon as she suffered a first-round loss in the Pro Stock SuperBowl at Houston Raceway Park Saturday, she started focusing on the next big thing: The season opener.

Enders will make her professional debut Thursday as the 2005 NHRA POWERade season opens with Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, Feb. 10-13. The first round of qualifying starts at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Enders is ready for the competition after wrapping up testing in Houston.

The 21-year-old Enders lost to Tony Rizzo in the first round of the SuperBowl, posting an off-pace 8.764-second run at 108.71 mph in the Cagnazzi Racing Chevy Cavalier against Rizzo's 7.314 at 135.54.

"It's disappointing that we lost in the first round of this special event," Enders said. "But we knew we were here for one reason and that was to test so we could work on the tune-up and I could get more seat time. The good thing was that we were able to go out and make one more good test pass (a 6.775 at 203.83 mph). It wasn't great, but it was nice to make a good, full pass on the last run before going to Pomona."

Once she makes a qualifying attempt, Enders will be just the fifth female to race a Pro Stock car in NHRA competition. No female, however, has qualified in the No. 1 position or won an NHRA Pro Stock event.

"I'm really looking forward to Pomona," Enders said. "I started drag racing when I was 8 years old and this has been something I have looked forward to for a long time."

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Drivers Tony Rizzo