Category Archives: Erica Enders

Shimmy, shimmy (tire) shake has Erica Enders dancing to an early exit from Topeka

Shimmy, shimmy (tire) shake has Erica Enders dancing to an early exit from Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) — Two-time world champion Erica Enders was hoping for more from the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties, but her usually reliable Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro encountered some severe tire shake just off the launch pad in her opening-round race against teammate Vincent Nobile, resulting in a loss. Continue reading Shimmy, shimmy (tire) shake has Erica Enders dancing to an early exit from Topeka

Elite Motorsports champion Erica Enders to start mid-pack in quest for Topeka crown

Elite Motorsports champion Erica Enders to start mid-pack in quest for Topeka crown

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) — Missing one of four scheduled rounds of qualifying may not seem like a big deal, but for two-time world champion and past Topeka titlist Erica Enders, a lost round can be the difference between qualifying mid-pack or at the top of the elimination field of the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. Continue reading Elite Motorsports champion Erica Enders to start mid-pack in quest for Topeka crown

Atlanta runner-up Erica Enders looking to go ‘One Step Beyond’ in Topeka

Atlanta runner-up Erica Enders looking
to go ‘One Step Beyond’ in Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 15) — Fresh off a season-best runner-up finish at the last NHRA tour stop in Atlanta, two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders is looking to go “One Step Beyond” at this weekend’s 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland
Park Topeka.

“We are going to do our best to carry the momentum we picked up in Atlanta and take it to Topeka,” Enders said. “We had a great day there in our Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. All we need to do is get one step beyond that in Topeka and we’ll be back in the winner’s circle. We’d love for that to happen at Heartland Park.” Continue reading Atlanta runner-up Erica Enders looking to go ‘One Step Beyond’ in Topeka

Elite Motorsports pro Erica Enders has first chance at NHRA trophy in 32 races

Elite Motorsports pro Erica Enders has first chance at NHRA trophy in 32 races
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 7) — It may be too early to say Erica Enders is completely back to the championship form that carried her to back-to-back world titles in 2014 and 2015, but she certainly seems to be trending in the right direction. That seems to be the general sentiment after her impressive runner-up finish Sunday at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, which was highlighted by a pair of Enders’ trademark holeshot wins.
Continue reading Elite Motorsports pro Erica Enders has first chance at NHRA trophy in 32 races

Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders wants Atlanta trophy for her collection

Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders wants Atlanta trophy for her collection
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6) — Two-time world champion Erica Enders’ 21 national event trophies places her second on the all-time list of female professional drag racers, but the Houston, Texas, native has yet to score one at Atlanta Dragway, something she’d love to change Sunday at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.

“Atlanta is one on the to-do list for sure,” Enders said. “We’ll get there. Our performances across the board have been trending up all year and if we’d been able to make four runs here instead of two we’d have shown a little better. No matter what, we’re in the top half of the field and we’re ready to battle. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders wants Atlanta trophy for her collection

Victory in Atlanta would be special for two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders

Victory in Atlanta would be special for two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 3) — Erica Enders has two NHRA titles, 21 individual race victories, 14 runner-ups and 18 top qualifying efforts to her credit. One of the big things missing is a win at Atlanta Dragway, the home track for longtime series sponsor Coca-Cola. It’s something Enders hopes to remedy at this weekend’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals. Continue reading Victory in Atlanta would be special for two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders

Erica Enders gets timed out in first round of NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Erica Enders gets timed out in first
round of NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
CONCORD, N.C. (April 30) — Erica Enders never got a chance to flex the horsepower of her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Sunday at zMax Dragway because she was timed-out at the starting line after taking too long to stage. It’s one of the hazards of the annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals and every year someone seems to get bit. Continue reading Erica Enders gets timed out in first round of NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Qualifying a season-best second on the grid excites Pro Stock champ Erica Enders

Qualifying a season-best second on the grid excites Pro Stock champ Erica Enders
CONCORD, N.C. (April 29) — After qualifying her Lupe Tortilla-backed Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro a season-best No. 2 on the elimination ladder of the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, two-time world champ Erica Enders admitted it’s going to be hard to wipe the smile off her face.

“We definitely took another big step in the right direction this weekend,” Enders said. “I know this entire Elite Motorsports team is very excited to be back on top of the sheets. Granted, it’s just qualifying, but to be 1-2 with my teammate Jeg Coughlin for the first time since we’ve been racing together again is very cool.” Continue reading Qualifying a season-best second on the grid excites Pro Stock champ Erica Enders

Two-time champ Erica Enders says Four-Wide drag racing levels playing field

Two-time champ Erica Enders says Four-Wide drag racing levels playing field
CONCORD, N.C. (April 25) — Eight years into the return of Four-Wide competition at Bruton Smith’s “Bellagio of Drag Strips,” two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders says the unique format and the style of racing it requires makes for some of the best drag racing on the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello schedule.

“Going four-wide totally levels the playing field,” Enders said. “Even now after many of us have had multiple races here, there are still a lot of drivers that tend to struggle. Pro Stock already is a really tight and competitive class so it will definitely be interesting to get there and see what happens this time through. Continue reading Two-time champ Erica Enders says Four-Wide drag racing levels playing field

Erica Enders suffers red-light disqualification in opening round race versus husband

Erica Enders suffers red-light disqualification in opening round race versus husband
HOUSTON (April 23) — Two-time world champion Erica Enders threw away what was the quickest and fastest pass of the 30th annual NHRA Spring Nationals by leaving the starting line nine-thousandths of a second early in a Round 1 loss to her husband Richie Stevens.

The automatic disqualification negated a stellar 6.523-second blast at 213.37 mph that would have delivered an easy win over Stevens’ 6.589 at 210.64 mph. It left the Cypress, Texas native more than a little perturbed.

“There was no showing off there,” Enders said, quelling talk she was trying too hard to best her husband. “That was just a simple A to B run. I was set up to be conservative on the tree so we weren’t showing our hand against someone we can easily outrun by six or seven hundredths of a second. Continue reading Erica Enders suffers red-light disqualification in opening round race versus husband

Hometown girl Erica Enders primed for big race day, starting against her husband

Hometown girl Erica Enders primed for big race day, starting against her husband
HOUSTON (April 22) — Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders loves racing at home and her hometown fans love her for bringing so much glory to the Bayou City. It’s a relationship the Cypress, Texas native wants to expand Sunday when she races from the No. 4 qualifying spot for the trophy of the 30th annual NHRA Spring Nationals.

“So happy to be back in Texas,” Enders said. “It’s no secret I love this state and being at the track where I started racing as an 8-year-old kid is perfect for me. We won Pro Stock in back-to-back years in 2014-2015 and those were the same years we won it all so Royal Purple Raceway is obviously good luck for me.” Continue reading Hometown girl Erica Enders primed for big race day, starting against her husband

Erica Enders coming home to race Lupe Tortilla/Elite Motorsports Pro Stock racecar

Erica Enders coming home to race Lupe Tortilla/Elite Motorsports Pro Stock racecar
HOUSTON (April 17) — Winning her hometown race always has been a great talisman for native Houstonian Erica Enders, a trend she’d love to continue at this year’s NHRA Spring Nationals, which take place Friday-Sunday at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown. Continue reading Erica Enders coming home to race Lupe Tortilla/Elite Motorsports Pro Stock racecar

Two-time world champ Erica Enders reaches quarterfinals at Denso NHRA Nationals

Two-time world champ Erica Enders reaches quarterfinals at Denso NHRA Nationals
LAS VEGAS (April 2) — Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders will have to wait for another time to log a fifth career victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a one-up, one-down day at the 18th annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.

Enders drove her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro past teammate Vincent Nobile in Sunday’s opening round before losing to Bo Butner by a scant .014 seconds in the quarterfinals. As usual, Enders had superior reaction times in both races but her head-start in Round 2 wasn’t enough to hold off Butner.

“I think I could have done more behind the wheel to help us win but either way I’m pleased with today’s race,” Enders said. “Of course, we want to win every race we enter but we really turned a page today so I’m feeling very optimistic. Continue reading Two-time world champ Erica Enders reaches quarterfinals at Denso NHRA Nationals

Erica Enders shocks top qualifier Jason Line early in K&N Horsepower Challenge

Erica Enders shocks top qualifier Jason Line early in K&N Horsepower Challenge
LAS VEGAS (April 1) — Racing on the strength of a fan vote, popular hot-rodder Erica Enders made sure top qualifier Jason Line remained winless in the lucrative $50,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge Saturday with a huge victory in the opening stanza of racing action. Although she lost a round later in the semifinals, Enders once again established herself as one of the hottest shoes in the sport. Continue reading Erica Enders shocks top qualifier Jason Line early in K&N Horsepower Challenge

Fan pick Erica Enders anxious to strut her stuff at her favorite racetrack in Vegas

Fan pick Erica Enders anxious to strut
her stuff at her favorite racetrack in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (March 27) — No one in drag racing has enjoyed a better run of luck at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders, who returns to her favorite drag strip this weekend with two chances at glory during the 18th annual Denso Spark Plugs
NHRA Nationals.

Thanks to her legion of loyal fans, Enders will be taking part in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a special race-within-a-race for the top eight Pro Stock drivers from the previous 12 months. Enders earned the final spot in the elite field by virtue of an online fan vote. Continue reading Fan pick Erica Enders anxious to strut her stuff at her favorite racetrack in Vegas

After super-fast start, two-time series champ Erica Enders exits Gatornat’ls in Round 2

After super-fast start, two-time series champ Erica Enders exits Gatornat’ls in Round 2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19) — Erica Enders flashed the form that made her a two-time Pro Stock champion this weekend at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, qualifying a lofty third in the field and zooming to a convincing first-round win Sunday morning. But the fun stopped there as her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro over-powered the racetrack in Round 2, sending
her packing.

“You never want to lose a single round,” she said. “That’s just how racers are wired. But I think when we take a step back and look at the progress we’ve made in the first three races of the year, especially compared to last season, we’ll see we are miles ahead. Continue reading After super-fast start, two-time series champ Erica Enders exits Gatornat’ls in Round 2

Two-time champ Erica Enders presses towards top of Pro Stock category

Two-time champ Erica Enders presses towards top of Pro Stock category
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18) — Perhaps in a last-minute bid to impress voters in the K&N Horsepower Challenge, two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders ripped off her first 6.4-second pass of NHRA’s fuel-injected era to qualify a lofty third on the elimination ladder of the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Continue reading Two-time champ Erica Enders presses towards top of Pro Stock category

Two-time drag racing champ Erica Enders looking to add ‘Gator’ skin to her wall

Two-time drag racing champ Erica Enders looking to add ‘Gator’ skin to her wall
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14) — One of only three women in history to capture a world championship in any of the top forms of motorsports, Erica Enders has amassed 21 national event victories in her illustrious career. However, that impressive number of wins doesn’t include one from the prestigious Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, a fact Enders would like to change at the 48th running of the event this weekend. Continue reading Two-time drag racing champ Erica Enders looking to add ‘Gator’ skin to her wall

Fiery competitor Erica Enders resolute on improving after Phoenix

Fiery competitor Erica Enders
resolute on improving after Phoenix
PHOENIX (Feb. 26) – Erica Enders’ race day in the desert ended much sooner than anticipated this morning during Round 1 of eliminations of the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, the second of 24 events in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Continue reading Fiery competitor Erica Enders resolute on improving after Phoenix

No shortage of confidence for two-time champ Erica Enders as eliminations near

No shortage of confidence for two-time champ Erica Enders as eliminations near
PHOENIX (Feb. 25) – Two-time world champion Erica Enders will begin Sunday’s eliminations from the No. 10 qualifying spot in Richard Freeman’s Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Enders will bring her bright red racer to the starting line in Round 1 to race No. 7 qualifier Shane Gray. Her 6.558-second, 211.53-mph qualifying mark is just a touch behind Gray’s 6.548 posting. Continue reading No shortage of confidence for two-time champ Erica Enders as eliminations near