Enders aims to put last few finishing touches on career-best season

Erica Enders
Erica Enders

Photo by: Ted Rossino

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) – A Pro Stock championship isn't in the cards this season for ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders. But the 28-year-old can finish in the runner-up spot after the Countdown to the Championship ends in two races. That would be a big accomplishment for Enders, who races in this weekend's Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"Huge, huge," Enders said of what second place in the Pro Stock standings would mean. "It's within reach, too. We've just got to race smart and consistent. I say this every week, but I put my money on us. We've got a great team and a great car, and I'm driving well. If we all continue to do our jobs the way we have been, there's no reason why we can't earn that spot.

"But there are people behind us who want it almost as bad as we do, so they'll be racing their hearts out, too."

Enders is fourth in the Pro Stock standings, 201 points behind runaway leader Jason Line. But she's only 13 out of second and eight out of third place after fashioning a career-best season.

Enders has qualified No. 1 twice this year and has reached the final round of three national events as she tries to become the first woman to win in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class. Plus, Enders has qualified in the top half of the field 13 consecutive races.

She knows qualifying will be key at Las Vegas as drivers jockey for position on Sunday.

"It's going to be really important to make good runs in qualifying and race smart on Sunday to keep lane choice," Enders said. "Sundays are always a battle, and it will be again in Vegas."

And it will be a fun time in Las Vegas, too, Enders said.

"It's a great facility, and it'll be a fun weekend, too, because it falls over Halloween," Enders said. "We're always excited to go back to Vegas.

"All the ZaZa guys will be there too because they don't miss a party. It should be good fun, especially if we win."