If Erica Enders, the two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion, was looking for her niche in Pro Modified, it’s become painfully evident to the competition where he strength is.
Erica Enders is certifiably the volatile doorslammer divisions new Queen of Speed. Two races, two world records, point made.
“I’m excited and this is something we can build on,” said Enders, who is now ninth in points. “We’re still learning and trying to get the car to go as fast we can down the track. It’s been a learning curve, but to race in the finals and see the progress we’ve made, we’re all pretty happy about it. The car continues to goes A to B and make strong passes, and that’s the big thing.”
Enders also broke the speed record she set two weeks ago in Houston with a blistering pass of 260.41 mph in her turbocharged Elite Motorsports Camaro, and moved into the top 10 in points, adding up to another monumental weekend for Enders and her team in Charlotte.
Enders, competing in her first full season of Pro Modified, drove her way to the final quartet of drivers during Sunday’s NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, NC.
She continues to top herself at each NHRA Pro Mod race, continuing that progression this weekend at the third of 12 races during the 2019 season.
“It’s a feat just to qualify in this class and the list of names we’re up against is stout,” Enders said. “They’re all good racers with fast cars and to have our names in the mix with them, it’s just really cool. It’s all about the people on this team. (Team owner) Richard (Freeman) has given us all the tools we need to succeed, and we’ve got some big names on our roster. I think it’s just going to get better.”
The last two races were Pro Mod-focused, as Pro Stock didn’t race in Houston or Charlotte. That’s allowed Enders to get even more locked in on succeeding with her turbo Camaro, a scenario that will happen again next weekend in Atlanta.
That race – the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway – will mark the fourth of 12 races during the 2019 NHRA Pro Mod season, and Enders sees it as another chance to take a step forward.
“It’s definitely cool to see the progress we’ve made and set the (speed) record,” Enders said. “We continue to go faster and that’s exciting. We went almost 260 in the heat of the day (on Sunday) and that speaks volumes about our engine program and what we’re capable of.”
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019