Erica Enders Bristol Dragway Saturday Report

Bristol Dragway

Consistent Enders having her way with Thunder Valley

It's been seven years since Pro Stock star Erica Enders last raced in the Sportsman categories, but her ZaZa Energy Chevrolet Cobalt sure looks like a bracket car at this weekend's 11th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Pro Stock Driver Erica Enders
Pro Stock Driver Erica Enders

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Enders made four nearly identical qualifying runs down Bristol Dragway, posting consecutive quarter-mile passes of 6.70 seconds to prove that her Dave Connolly-tuned racecar is one of the most consistent machines on the property.

"I think we have a Pro Stock bracket car," Enders said. "As I've said a million times, and I'll say it again, consistency is what's going to help us do well on Sunday. We definitely have that this weekend."

The 27-year-old Texan's best run of 6.700 seconds at 206.04 mph places her fourth in the elimination field and sets up a first-round date with veteran Larry Morgan, who raced his way into Sunday's action with a last-gasp 6.737 at 204.63 mph in Round 4. Enders' other three runs showed a 6.703, 6.704, and 6.706 on the scoreboards.

"When the car's running good, that makes all the difference in the world," Enders said. "Aside from the ETs the car has been posting, my reaction times have been .005, .015, and .008, so that's good. I'm ready. I want this to be our weekend."

"Racing on Father's Day will be special," Enders said. "My dad's the reason why I'm where I'm at. He's my best friend, and my business partner. This is one of the only races he's missed this year, and my ZaZa guys aren't here, either. But it would mean a lot to check off the win on Father's Day. I know my dad is with me in here (pointing to her heart)."

-source: cagnazzi racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Dave Connolly
Tags cagnazzi racing, pro stock, thunder valley