Enders eyes career-best finish in ZaZa Chevy
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) – ZaZa Energy Pro Stock driver Erica Enders has been battling flu-like symptoms at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway this weekend, but she's determined not to let it affect her as she fights for victory and a spot in the top five of the final points standings.
Enders qualified 11th with a pass of 6.578 seconds at 210.93 mph and will race Ronnie Humphrey in the first round of eliminations Sunday. Humphrey qualified No. 6 with a run of 6.555 seconds at 210.77 mph.
Enders is sixth in the Pro Stock standings but can finish as high as fourth. She's just one point behind fifth-place Allen Johnson and eight behind fourth-place Vincent Nobile heading into the final race of 2011. Johnson and Nobile face each other in the first round Sunday and each round win is worth 20 points.
"We are cautiously optimistic," Enders said. "There is some good news. AJ and Vincent, two people in front of me, race each other first round. If we're fortunate enough to get by Humphrey – and we owe him one from Vegas – we'll move into fifth position in the points, and second round will determine fourth.
"There's a lot of weight on tomorrow, but we're cautiously optimistic. My ZaZa guys are up for the challenge."
Enders made her best qualifying run of the weekend in Saturday's Q3, but then her ZaZa Chevrolet suffered a broken transmission in the fourth round.
"Can't say it was a picture-perfect qualifying effort, but at least we made a little bit better run this morning," Enders said. "It stayed in the show. We feel like we can win out of any spot. Unfortunately, we didn't get to try a few things the last run because we had a tranny that broke."
Enders probably feels like the broken transmission, but she's fighting through it.
"I'm definitely feeling under the weather," Enders said. "But there are no sick days in drag racing."