Erica Enders Racing
Enders takes aim at Seattle trophy from No. 5 slot
Pro Stock star Erica Enders pulled off her best pass of the weekend in the fourth and final qualifying session to earn the No. 5 spot on the elimination ladder for Sunday's 24th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals.
Enders guided her ZaZa Energy Chevrolet Cobalt down a tricky Pacific Raceways in 6.544 seconds at 210.67 mph, the second quickest pass of the round. In three previous sessions she posted times of 6.555, 6.571, and 6.603 seconds.
"We were a little conservative coming out on Friday afternoon," Enders said. "We came back and made a better run Friday night but still had room for improvement. This morning we had a little issue and fixed it, then we went out and ran a 6.54 in Q4. I'm very excited and after that last run, I'm much more optimistic about tomorrow. It's always encouraging when you look at the timing sheets and you see your car right at the top."
Ender's elapsed time matches her against veteran Kurt Johnson, who qualified 12th with a 6.577 at 210.47 mph. Enders and Johnson have raced one another just once this year, with Johnson getting the win on a rare red-light disqualification by Enders.
"Who know what tomorrow's weather will bring," Enders said. "We thought the sun was going to poke out today and end any chances we had of moving up, but it never did peek through. Either way, our guys are reading the track really well and setting up the car accordingly. I'm proud of them.
"I'm really pleased with the direction we're heading. We improved and learned more every round and that's all you can really ask for."