Enders has lucky feeling about Las Vegas eliminations

Erica Enders, ZaZa Energy Chevy Colbalt
Erica Enders, ZaZa Energy Chevy Colbalt

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29) – Could Las Vegas be the place where ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders gets her historic first win in Pro Stock?

Enders, who is seeking to become the first woman to win in Pro Stock history, is feeling lucky after a solid weekend in and out of the ZaZa Energy Chevrolet Cobalt.

She qualified No. 9 with a pass of 6.640 seconds at 207.82 mph, but Enders was third-fastest in Q4, where track and weather conditions are closest to Sunday's eliminations in the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Like every Pro Stock driver, she'll need a little luck to win in the ultra-competitive class. But Enders and her ZaZa crew members have been lucky so far.

"I found a lucky penny today," Enders said with a smile. "All my guys have been lucky this weekend in the casino. So far, they've all been winners. We were joking around about it that maybe it's our weekend.

"And as we pushed my car out of the pit this morning … there under the car laid a heads-up penny. Superstition? Maybe. But we'll take it for what it's worth."

Enders won't depend completely on luck. The Cagnazzi Racing-prepared Chevrolet has been quick in nearly every session in Vegas.

"We were third in Q4 in the heat of the day, which is going to be the conditions tomorrow," Enders said. "That was refreshing to go out there and run with the top few going into Sunday. We've got a great crew and a great car, so I have some confidence."

Her streak of qualifying in the top half of the field ended at 13 races, but she remains confident heading into Sunday's eliminations.

"We didn't capitalize on the session that we needed to, which was this morning's session," Enders said. "It's a little unfortunate, but I'm not overly concerned about it.

"Tomorrow, it should be cool enough where lane choice won't be too critical. We've run well in both lanes. The field is so competitive: 6.65 was the bump, and we ran 6.64. We've got our work cut out every weekend."