Category Archives: Erica Enders

Two-time Pro Stock champ looking for Denver victory from No. 2 qualifying position

Two-time Pro Stock champ looking for
Denver victory from No. 2 qualifying position
DENVER (July 22) — Erica Enders’ Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has been the second-quickest racecar after all three Pro Stock qualifying sessions contested this weekend at Bandimere Speedway as the world’s best quarter-mile drag racers line themselves up for the elimination rounds of the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

Now she just needs to figure out how to end race day one spot better. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock champ looking for Denver victory from No. 2 qualifying position

A Bandimere prayer comforted, inspired two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders

A Bandimere prayer comforted, inspired
two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders
DENVER (July 19) — In the anxious moments just before Erica Enders clinched her first Pro Stock championship in Pomona, Calif., John Bandimere stopped in the staging lanes to wish her luck. Being a spiritual man, Bandimere, longtime owner of Bandimere Speedway in Denver, site of this weekend’s 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, said a quick prayer with Enders, an impactful moment that has stuck with the 22-time national event winner. Continue reading A Bandimere prayer comforted, inspired two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders

Melling Performance moves to title sponsor position on Erica Enders’ hot rod

Melling Performance moves to title
sponsor position on Erica Enders’ hot rod
WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (July 5) — Melling Performance, a longtime associate sponsor of Elite Motorsports and two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, will become title sponsor of the 22-time national event winner for five national events, beginning with next weekend’s 20th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago and continuing through the 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indy.

“Everyone at Melling Performance is excited about our association with Erica and Elite Motorsports,” Melling Performance CEO Mark Melling said. “After being at the races, I thought it would be great to see the Melling Performance Decal on the doors of Erica’s RED #9 racecar. It reminds me of the Bill Elliott days in NASCAR. Continue reading Melling Performance moves to title sponsor position on Erica Enders’ hot rod

Erica Enders eager to take her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Pro Stocker to Chicago

Erica Enders eager to take her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Pro Stocker to Chicago
CHICAGO (July 5) – Two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has a wealth of quarter-mile excitement to draw from this weekend as she takes the controls of her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals, just outside of Chicago.

“Chicago has a lot of meaning to me because we won our first Pro Stock race there in 2012 after seven long years of trying,” Enders said. “It was such a huge deal, a culmination of so many things. It felt wonderful. It was a big relief and also immediately made you want to do it again. I’m always excited to head back to Chicago.” Continue reading Erica Enders eager to take her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Pro Stocker to Chicago

Too quick at the Tree, two-time champ Erica Enders departs Norwalk race early

Too quick at the Tree, two-time champ
Erica Enders departs Norwalk race early
NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) — As the driver of the lower qualified car in the less-favored left-hand lane, two-time world champion Erica Enders knew a stellar reaction time would help her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro race team tremendously in their Sunday morning match-up with teammate Vincent Nobile. Continue reading Too quick at the Tree, two-time champ Erica Enders departs Norwalk race early

Once again, Erica Enders opens eliminations against an Elite Motorsports teammate

Once again, Erica Enders opens eliminations against an Elite Motorsports teammate
NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) — For the fifth time this season, two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders will face a teammate from her Elite Motorsports camp at the start of eliminations. This time its Vincent Nobile, who she’s opened against twice previously and faced four times overall in 2017 competition.
Continue reading Once again, Erica Enders opens eliminations against an Elite Motorsports teammate

Two-time champ Erica Enders set to scoop up another trophy in Norwalk

Two-time champ Erica Enders set to
scoop up another trophy in Norwalk
NORWALK, Ohio (June 20) – Two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders’ confidence going into the weekend’s 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park is extremely high.

The spunky 33-year-old driver of the Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro is excited about her team’s momentum and she’s anxious to build on her group’s recent successes, which have her eying a run at a third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship. Continue reading Two-time champ Erica Enders set to scoop up another trophy in Norwalk

Erica Enders misses out on third final round of season by .006 seconds in Tennessee

Erica Enders misses out on third final round
of season by .006 seconds in Tennessee
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 18) — Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders came up two feet short of what would have been her third final-round appearance of the 2017 season after a close semifinal contest with class points leader Bo Butner Sunday afternoon at Bristol Dragway.

After beating Alan Prusiensky and one of her Elite Motorsports’ teammates, Vincent Nobile, earlier in the day, Enders got a .007-second jump on Butner in their race and held the lead until somewhere around halftrack when the winner of the Houston and Atlanta races passed her and inched away to take the finish line stripe by .006 seconds. Continue reading Erica Enders misses out on third final round of season by .006 seconds in Tennessee

Allen Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on Raceday in Bristol

Allen Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on Raceday in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17, 2017) – Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson drove his way to the No. 7 spot after four rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

On Friday, Johnson began his qualifying efforts with a solid 6.730-second pass at 205.13 mph. Battling against high humidity, the entire Pro Stock class made their best attempts in the extreme conditions. In the second session, Johnson and the Adam Hornberger-led team clocked in with a 6.745, 204.26. Continue reading Allen Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on Raceday in Bristol

Just days removed from Epping victory, Erica Enders takes dead aim at Bristol crown

Just days removed from Epping victory,
Erica Enders takes dead aim at Bristol crown
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17) — Two-time drag racing world champion Erica Enders celebrated her 22nd national event win less than two weeks ago in Epping, N.H., and the sport’s most prolific female Pro Stock driver is geared up to repeat the feat after qualifying a lofty third in the field of the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Continue reading Just days removed from Epping victory, Erica Enders takes dead aim at Bristol crown

Erica Enders eager to go racing at her all-time favorite track — Bristol Dragway

Erica Enders eager to go racing at her
all-time favorite track — Bristol Dragway
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 14) – Like with most things in life, people have favorites. Some may have a favorite pizza joint, while others may have a favorite golf course they like to play. Most times these favorite places are special to a person for a reason unique to them.

Bristol Dragway is one of those favorite places for two-time world champion NHRA Pro Stock driver Erica Enders. This weekend as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competes in the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Enders will be at her favorite race track with high hopes of even more success at the picturesque quarter-mile. Continue reading Erica Enders eager to go racing at her all-time favorite track — Bristol Dragway

Two-time champ Erica Enders comes up short in battle of Elite Motorsports teammates

Two-time champ Erica Enders comes up
short in battle of Elite Motorsports teammates
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 11) — As expected, the nearly identical cars of Elite Motorsports teammates Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr. ran a close race in Sunday’s first round of eliminations at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals. This time, it was six-time champ Coughlin edging out two-time champ Enders by .02 seconds.

“We went up there without lane choice and faced a very hot and tricky racetrack,” Enders said. “My guys gave me the best possible racecar they could give me but we weren’t able to get (to the finish line) first unfortunately for this Elite Motorsports/Transportation Impact Chevrolet. Continue reading Two-time champ Erica Enders comes up short in battle of Elite Motorsports teammates

Epping winner Erica Enders racing for back-to-back victories in Pro Stock

Epping winner Erica Enders racing
for back-to-back victories in Pro Stock
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 10) — Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders will begin her quest for back-to-back victories on the NHRA tour out of the No. 9 position in the elimination field of the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals. Enders coaxed a best of 6.598 at 210.54 mph out of her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the fourth and final qualifying session.

“We ran our best pass in the final round so we finally have this thing working right this weekend,” Enders said. “It’s crazy how you can go from one race to the next and the car reacts so differently but that’s the way it’s been for us. God bless my crew guys because they have worked extremely hard this weekend to get us straight.” Continue reading Epping winner Erica Enders racing for back-to-back victories in Pro Stock

NHRA’s most recent winner, two-time champ Erica Enders, hungry for more

NHRA’s most recent winner, two-time
champ Erica Enders, hungry for more
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 7) — Fresh off her impressive victory Sunday afternoon in New Hampshire, two-time world champion Erica Enders is anxious to keep the ball rolling and score another win at this weekend’s 48th annual NHRA Summernationals. Continue reading NHRA’s most recent winner, two-time champ Erica Enders, hungry for more

Erica Enders returns to her winning ways with impressive Epping victory

Erica Enders returns to her winning
ways with impressive Epping victory
EPPING, N.H. (June 4) — Erica Enders raced to her first victory of the electronic fuel injection era Sunday at New England Dragway with an impressive run through a gauntlet of 2017 winners in her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. It was the two-time champion’s first win since the 2015 fall race in Las Vegas, a span of 35 national events.

“People always ask which win means the most and right now I can’t imagine one meaning more than this,” Enders said. “What a huge relief. What a special moment for all of us on this Elite Motorsports team. Money can buy a lot of things but you can’t buy the drive to win this group has inside them. Continue reading Erica Enders returns to her winning ways with impressive Epping victory

Current Elite Motorsports Camaro reminds Erica Enders of her two championship cars

Current Elite Motorsports Camaro reminds Erica Enders of her two championship cars
EPPING, N.H. (June 3) — Erica Enders matched her provisional No. 1 qualifying effort from Friday night in Saturday’s first session at New England Dragway, running an identical 6.513-second elapsed time at a slight faster 213.16 mph to end up second in the elimination field of the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals.

The impressive run, followed by a 6.518 at 212.69 mph in the final session, proves Enders’ Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro is a very consistent racecar. In fact, she says the reliability of her Rick Jones-built chassis reminds her a lot of the two cars she and her Elite crew used to win 15 nationals events and back-to-back Pro Stock world titles in 2014 and 2015.0 Continue reading Current Elite Motorsports Camaro reminds Erica Enders of her two championship cars

Erica Enders grabs provisional No. 1 qualifying position in New England

Erica Enders grabs provisional No. 1 qualifying position in New England
EPPING, N.H. (June 2) — Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders put herself in position to score her 19th career No. 1 qualifier should her blazing-quick 6.513-second pass at 213.03 mph from Friday evening carry through Saturday’s final two time trials at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals. Continue reading Erica Enders grabs provisional No. 1 qualifying position in New England

Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders eyeing Epping for first win of 2017

Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders eyeing Epping for first win of 2017
EPPING, N.H. (May 31) — Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders doesn’t put much faith into racing luck. Her years at Texas A&M’s Mays School of Business taught her to be much more analytical in her thoughts, something she will continue to apply this weekend at the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals in New Hampshire.

“The Pro Stock class goes in cycles,” Enders said. “Since the beginning of the class 30-something years ago, it’s been very cyclical. Certain drivers get on top, stay there for a period of time, and then someone else comes along and has their time. There may have been less races in the past so the cycles seem longer in the history books, but when you count the events, it balances out pretty evenly. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders eyeing Epping for first win of 2017

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