Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Enders nearly nabs No. 1 spot in Englishtown
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – ZaZa Energy Chevy Cobalt driver Erica Enders knew it was a good run after hearing her Cagnazzi Racing crew members' reaction over the radio.
Enders made a best pass of 6.510 seconds at 211.93 mph Friday to grab the No. 2 spot in Pro Stock after two rounds of qualifying for the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Enders' elapsed time matched Shane Gray as the two broke the track record at the fabled drag strip. Gray is currently No. 1 with a slightly better speed, 212.46, with two qualifying sessions remaining Saturday.
"Just to hear the excitement in their voices when the scoreboard lit up, that's what matters to me," Enders said. "That makes it fun when they're happy. To get to hear the fun in their voices is exciting to me."
Enders believes there is more speed in the ZaZa Energy Chevrolet.
"There's definitely some left in that run, which is great," Enders said. "But it stinks because we missed the No. 1 spot by a couple tenths of a mile an hour. There's a lot of fast cars out there, and we're certainly one of them. They know we're here."
Enders and her team tested in North Carolina last week, making 12 runs in an effort to find more speed in the car.
"We worked very hard testing, and this is proving that we learned something," Enders said. "Hard work does pay off, but we've still got a lot of work to do. We're definitely taking steps in the right direction.
"It's a true challenge to get these cars to go down the race track, not only from a driver's standpoint, but my entire crew. It was definitely a team effort."
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