Erica Enders Joliet Saturday Report

Route 66 Raceway

Once again, Enders in prime position to score her first Pro Stock victory

ZaZa Energy driver Erica Enders qualified an impressive third in the field of the 14th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals, a great position to begin another pursuit of her first Pro Stock victory.

Erica Enders
Erica Enders

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Enders made four solid runs in qualifying, with a best pass of 6.603 second at 208.78 mph. She also was quick in the three other qualifying sessions and carries a lot of confidence into Sunday's eliminations.

"We were No. 1 in one session and at the top of the page every other time out," Enders said. "That's pretty awesome in this class. We have a great race car and a great team, and I'm excited about what tomorrow holds."

Enders was tops in the first qualifying session, with a pass of 6.616 seconds at 208.30 mph, run in the heat of the day on Friday.

"It was awesome," Enders said. "We had the entire field covered by two-hundredths. We went out and laid down a really nice run. I usually radio back and tell my guys what I felt, what happened, and what we could work on, and on that run, I just radioed Dave (Connolly, crew chief) and said, 'It felt awesome.'

"We came back and looked at the run, and it was great."

Enders was happy with the performance of her Cagnazzi Racing Chevrolet in the other qualifying rounds, too.

"We ran OK Friday night," Enders said. "We were pleased with our performance, and we ended up third, and that's not too shabby."

Enders faces legendary driver Warren Johnson in the first round as she chases her first Wally in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class.

"I'm hopeful that Chicago is it," Enders said. "Dave has had a lot of success here and has won a lot of races. It's the site of my first final round in 2005. We definitely have our work cut out for us tomorrow, but if we're all on our game, we have a shot at it."

By: cagnazzi racing

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Drivers Warren Johnson
Tags cagnazzi racing, chicago, enders, joliet, nhra, pro stock, route 66 raceway