Baytown: Erica Enders Saturday summary

Enders qualifies for home race in Houston HOUSTON -- It's her hometown race and there are high expectations. Higher than usual, even. So far, so good. Erica Enders has qualified for the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in her first attempt as ...

Enders qualifies for home race in Houston

HOUSTON -- It's her hometown race and there are high expectations. Higher than usual, even. So far, so good. Erica Enders has qualified for the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in her first attempt as a professional Pro Stock driver at her home track.

Enders drove her Cagnazzi Racing Chevy Cavalier with a 6.762-second pass at 203.61 mph for the No. 15 spot. She will face Jason Line in the first round of eliminations. Racing starts at 11 a.m. at Houston Raceway Park.

"I'm very excited to be back here at my home track with all of my family and friends and I know everyone on this Cagnazzi team wanted to qualify for the big show and we did," Enders, a 21-year-old Houston resident, said. "It shows just how hard this team has worked. We keep making small steps toward becoming a more competitive team and the last two weeks (between events) really paid off for us."

Enders became just the fifth woman in NHRA history to qualify for a Pro Stock event during the February race in Phoenix. No female has qualified in the No. 1 spot or won a Pro Stock event.

Right now, Enders is just happy to be racing on Sunday at home.

"It's awesome the number of people who are out here supporting the team and if I had to pick the race where we win our first round in the POWERade Series, it would be Houston," Enders said. "I love this track and everyone has made the team feel like it's home. I can't wait for first round."

All the action can be seen on ESPN2 starting tonight with qualifying footage at 7 p.m. (ET). Final eliminations will start at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Drivers Jason Line