Erica Enders Sonoma Saturday Report

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Enders a lofty third on Sonoma elimination grid

ZaZa Energy Pro Stock driver Erica Enders has been busy at the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. She'd like nothing more than to end her harried weekend with her first career Pro Stock victory.

As the second race of the three-race Western Swing, Enders headed to Northern California straight from Denver, site of last weekend's Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Enders was featured in the NHRA prerace press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, and on Thursday she was part of the Eric Medlen Nitro Night Dinner for Speedway Children's Charities in Petaluma, Calif.

Erica Enders
Erica Enders

Photo by: Ted Rossino

Friday, Enders crawled in her ZaZa Energy Chevrolet Cobalt and made two solid passes in Pro Stock qualifying. Her best run of 6.555 seconds at 209.82 mph puts her No. 3 heading into Sunday's final eliminations.

"I'm very, very excited to get back to a track with normal atmospheric conditions, as opposed to last week in Denver," Enders said. "It's back to driving normal again, and we nailed it Friday. I'm proud of my team.

"This weather and the people here put you in such a good mood. You're in Northern California, where it can't get any better, and I've got a great race car, a great team. I'm just a happy girl."

Enders and the Cagnazzi Racing team tried some different setups Saturday, making two more good runs down the quarter-mile.

"There's a lot more left in the car for Sunday, so we know we can step up our performance even more," Enders said. "Because we were qualified well, we were trying different setups, working on improving the car for here and for down the road. It's important to keep trying to get better, because we know everyone else in Pro Stock is doing that. We should be OK for Sunday.

"We didn't kill it Saturday, but we've got a fast, consistent race car, and that usually pays off on Sundays."

Enders opens race day opposite Shane Gray, who qualified 14th with a 6.610 at 208.97 mph. But first she'll fulfill yet another obligation at a FRAM VIP party in the wine country.

"It's been non-stop," she said. "Heck, we've come this far and worked this hard, we might as well win the race. We're certainly ready. It's time."

By: cagnazzi racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Eric Medlen , Shane Gray
Tags cagnazzi racing, enders, infinenon raceway, nhra, pro stock, sears point, sonoma