Bristol: Erica Enders Saturday summary

Rain keeps Enders off the track BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Erica Enders and the entire SunCom/Cagnazzi Racing team opted to debut the Chevy Cobalt at the closest shop to the track. Bristol Dragway and the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is just a...

Rain keeps Enders off the track

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Erica Enders and the entire SunCom/Cagnazzi Racing team opted to debut the Chevy Cobalt at the closest shop to the track. Bristol Dragway and the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is just a short drive from the Cagnazzi Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C.

The race seemed like the perfect time to bring out the new car. That was until the rain came and forced NHRA officials to cancel three of the four scheduled qualifying sessions. Enders' only pass wasn't enough to qualify in the 16-car field, as it shook the tires as soon as the car left the starting line.

"This is a real unfortunate deal because the guys at the shop worked day and night on this Todd Bevis (car builder) Cobalt just to make sure it was ready for Bristol," Enders said. "We are so excited to have a new sponsor in SunCom and a new car and it just seemed like this was going to be a great weekend for us. One qualifying session just wasn't enough for us."

While several teams will eventually make the switch from the Chevy Cavalier to the new Cobalt, Enders was just one of four cars to use the new car in the first and only session of the weekend.

"We know this car is going to be capable of great things and it's a bummer that we didn't get to make a full pass here." Enders said. "It's a gorgeous car and I know this team is going to make it competitive."

Engine builder and co-crew chief Roy Simmons said the team just needs some more time together before they can produce solid performance numbers.

"Everyone is pulling together, we just need more laps and data," Simmons said. "Steve Johns, Nick Ferri and all the guys at the shop are doing a great job getting the motors ready, we just need to get out there, test and make it all come together."

For now, Enders is looking forward to the next race. The next NHRA POWERade Series event is Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, May 12-15.

"We're going to leave the bad weather here in Bristol and go after them at the next race," Enders said. "We have no other choice but to go get 'em in Atlanta."

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