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A Sonoma semifinalist, Enders continues to impress in ZaZa Energy Cobalt
Erica Enders and the ZaZa Energy Pro Stock team continued to build momentum for the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, advancing to the semifinals of the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway on Sunday.
Enders knocked out one driver ahead of her in the points standings, Vincent Nobile, in the second round and another behind her, Shane Gray, in the first.
"I feel momentum building for the Countdown because it goes in cycles, and we're closing in on a good cycle for our team," Enders said. "We're consistently going rounds and doing a good job on the race track. We've got to carry this momentum. It's crunch time. We've got a couple races left before the Countdown to the Championship, and then once we finish up with Indy, it's on.
"It'll be cutthroat, and everything matters. We're definitely going in the right direction, and I'm excited about what's to come."
Enders, seventh in the points, also gained ground on fifth-place Allen Johnson and sixth-place Greg Stanfield with her performance in Northern California. She's just 20 points behind Stanfield and 28 behind Johnson.
"Some of the guys in front of me that went out early, I got to close the gap a little bit," Enders said. "It was a good points weekend. I think we gained over 80 points this weekend, which was awesome. All the little baby points matter when it gets to this time of the year.
"Would we have liked to win? Absolutely. All in all, though, it was a good weekend. The ZaZa Energy guys worked really hard and gave me a good car. I drove well. But it wasn't meant to be."
Enders fell in the semifinals to eventual race winner Greg Anderson when her car shook the tires soon after she took the green light.
"We missed the setup a little bit in the semifinals against Greg," Enders said. "I had a reaction time of .027 to his .036. If we go down the race track like we've been going, we win. But it's one of those deals."
By: cagnazzi racing