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Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has 50/50 race day in Reading

Two-time Pro Stock world champion
Erica Enders has 50/50 race day in Reading
READING, Pa. (Sept. 24) — The second race of this year’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs ended up just like the first one for two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders with the most decorated female in class history going one-up, one-down in eliminations at the 33rd annual Dodge
NHRA Nationals.

Starting race day as the No.9 qualifier, Enders scored a mild upset against eighth ranked driver Chris McGaha by way of a holeshot, meaning her superior reaction time from behind the wheel negated McGaha’s quicker run. She once again left ahead of opponent in the quarterfinals but didn’t quite have enough oomph to stay ahead all the way through the finish line. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has 50/50 race day in Reading

World champ Erica Enders dealing with ‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations

World champ Erica Enders dealing with
‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations
READING, Pa. (Sept. 23) – Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders only made one decent pass in qualifying for the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, but the ever-hopeful Texan says she’s confident team owner Richard Freeman has the crew in place to turn their fortunes around during Sunday’s eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway. Continue reading World champ Erica Enders dealing with ‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations

Pro Stock ace Erica Enders focused on flying high in Pennsylvania air

Pro Stock ace Erica Enders focused
on flying high in Pennsylvania air
READING, Pa. (Sept. 19) – As the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship playoffs continue with this weekend’s 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has her sights set on gaining traction in championship points by taking her bright red Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to another winner’s circle. Continue reading Pro Stock ace Erica Enders focused on flying high in Pennsylvania air

Erica Enders opens 2017 playoffs with quarterfinal showing at NHRA Carolina Nationals

Erica Enders opens 2017 playoffs with
quarterfinal showing at NHRA Carolina Nationals
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 17) — Two-time world champion Erica Enders went one-up, one-down Sunday at the first of six races in the 2017 Countdown to the Championship, the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Continue reading Erica Enders opens 2017 playoffs with quarterfinal showing at NHRA Carolina Nationals

Melling Performance pro Erica Enders excited about eliminations in Charlotte

Melling Performance pro Erica Enders excited about eliminations in Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 16) — Throughout her record-setting career, two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders always has done her best work in pressure-packed situations. When others wilt, she blossoms, which is one of the many reasons she’s excited about the first of six race days left in the 2017 season. Continue reading Melling Performance pro Erica Enders excited about eliminations in Charlotte

Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders says ‘Don’t bet against us’

Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders says ‘Don’t bet against us’
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 13) — Erica Enders’ two Pro Stock championships both came in the 10-year-old playoff era so she has intimate knowledge of how the six-race Countdown to the Championship works. With the first playoff race taking place this weekend at zMax Dragway, Enders and her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports crew know it’s time to put up or shut up. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders says ‘Don’t bet against us’

Erica Enders starts chase for third championship after Indy

Erica Enders starts chase for
third championship after Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4) – Two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has been to the winner’s circle at the sport’s biggest race – the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – in 2015, but she could not return to the hallowed ground at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis this year as the fan-favorite racer bowed out in the opening stanza of eliminations.

Enders, a Houston native and the most acclaimed female racer in the history of Pro Stock, qualified her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the No. 11 position (6.604 seconds, 209.10 mph). In round one, Enders’ bright red racer had an untimely performance lapse and she was defeated by Chris McGaha, 6.703, 206.99 to 6.660, 206.42.

“We slowed way up,” Enders said. “Until we sort out our issue, we are on a hope and a prayer every time. It’s really an unfortunate situation to be in, especially at Indy.”

Before the 63rd running of the U.S. Nationals, the NHRA mandated a new Goodyear rear tire for Pro Stock competition. The change in how the race car maintains its valuable traction affected some of the factory hot rod teams more than others.

“It’s just more changes and it’s throwing us for a loop, and we have to work on it,” Enders said. “Pro Stock has a had a lot of significant changes in the last three years, but we just have to keep working at it and do our best to just roll with the changes. Rick and Ricky (Jones, crew chiefs) will get it figured out – They always do.”

Despite a disappointing showing in Indy, Enders locked in the No. 6 position in the NHRA playoffs, the Countdown to the Championship, which begins at the next event in Charlotte and continues through five more events concluding in Pomona, Calif. in November.

“After we get back from Indy, we are going testing again,” Enders said. “You know, at some point after all of this hard work and money spent we are bound to figure something out. Our Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports team is resilient and certainly knows how to win championships. We’ll get things straightened out. Continue reading Erica Enders starts chase for third championship after Indy

Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders remains bullish on her chances in Indy

Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders remains bullish on her chances in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3) — Erica Enders has been to the top of the drag racing world twice, finishing as Pro Stock world champion in 2014 and 2015. She’s the most decorated female racer in class history and she even has a victory at the sport’s biggest race — the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals — in 2015.

Maybe that’s why she sounds so bullish on her chances of winning drag racing’s crown jewel for a second time Monday when eliminations begin at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indy. Continue reading Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders remains bullish on her chances in Indy

Melling Performance extends successful partnership with Erica Enders and Elite Motorsports

Melling Performance extends successful
partnership with Erica Enders and Elite Motorsports
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30) – Following a very successful five-race stint as title sponsor of two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders and her Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, Melling Performance announced a contract extension through the end of the 2017 season with the most acclaimed female driver in Pro Stock history. Continue reading Melling Performance extends successful partnership with Erica Enders and Elite Motorsports

Native Houstonian Erica Enders heads to U.S. Nationals with her heart firmly in Texas

Native Houstonian Erica Enders heads to
U.S. Nationals with her heart firmly in Texas
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28) — The annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is drag racing’s biggest event, but native Houstonian Erica Enders admits it will be hard to focus on the task at hand when the weekend arrives considering the epic devastation in her hometown.

“My heart is broken,” Enders said. “It’s impossible to get your mind around this catastrophe. I watch the news and see so many areas I know and they are under 10 feet of water. Most of the people I grew up with around the Cypress area have gotten some level of flooding. It’s going to take months
to recover.

“It’s kind of spooky because 12 years ago this week Richie (Stevens, husband) escaped to Indy after Katrina wiped out his hometown (New Orleans). Now here we are heading back to Indy and my hometown is wiped out. I feel so helpless but we are definitely going to do all we can to raise awareness to help the people of Houston.”

To that end, Enders and her sister Courtney Enders-Lambert are arranging a grassroots campaign to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They hope to be collecting donations and dry goods at the U.S. Nationals.

Although under the circumstances, her racing endeavors seem secondary, Enders has a few reasons to be optimistic about her chances of success at this year’s “Big Go.” The Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports team has tested extensively since the last NHRA tour stop in Brainerd, Minn., and she has a long history of success at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

“We went straight to Tulsa with my car and my teammate Jeg Coughlin’s car and tested for three straight days,” Enders said. “We made probably 40-50 passes, working 15-plus hours every day. Jeg is taking over now and the team will be in St. Louis testing some more with Vincent Nobile and Alex Laughlin. We will arrive at Indy with lots of new data for all four Elite cars.

“I remember going to Indy in 1994 when they had the inaugural Junior Dragster championships and we were runner-up. Then you take it all the way to 2015 when I won in Pro Stock. That catapulted us to three Countdown wins and we won our second championship going away. Indy’s an historic place and we love being a part of it all.”

Pro Stock drivers can make five qualifying runs, beginning at 7:15 p.m., Friday. There will be two more sessions at 2:30 and 6:15 p.m., Saturday, and another two at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Sunday. Eliminations are slated to start at noon, Monday.

FOX Sports 1 will air live qualifying from 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Sunday, and the first round of eliminations live from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday. The main FOX Network takes over from there, airing the remainder of eliminations live from 1-4 p.m., Monday. (All times are local and subject to change.)

Progress made with quarterfinal run at Brainerd for two-time champ Erica Enders

Progress made with quarterfinal run at
Brainerd for two-time champ Erica Enders
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20) — Although she was unable to capture her third career Brainerd win at this weekend’s 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Erica Enders says progress is being made with her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, as witnessed by her race day performance.

After qualifying with a 6.665-second quarter-mile pass at a top speed of 206.42 mph, Enders managed to improve her best time of the event twice on Sunday, first beating teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. with a 6.659 at 207.78 mph and then running a 6.648 at 207.66 mph in a close loss to Tanner Gray. Continue reading Progress made with quarterfinal run at Brainerd for two-time champ Erica Enders

Consistent Erica Enders still asking for more from Melling Performance/Elite Camaro

Consistent Erica Enders still asking for more from Melling Performance/Elite Camaro
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 19) — Fresh off a runner-up finish at the NHRA tour’s last stop in Seattle, two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has proven her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro is very consistent this weekend at the 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Enders qualified mid-pack in the No. 8 position in the elimination field, running a best of 6.665 at 206.42 mph to go with a 6.679, a 6.682 and a 6.695. While the car is repeating well, Enders says an issue getting out of the starting blocks is holding them back. Continue reading Consistent Erica Enders still asking for more from Melling Performance/Elite Camaro

Multi-time Brainerd champ Erica Enders an eyelash away from her next victory

Multi-time Brainerd champ Erica Enders
an eyelash away from her next victory
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 16) — Just a few days removed from competing in the closest drag race of the entire NHRA season, two-time Brainerd champion and crowd favorite Erica Enders knows she only needs to gain an eyelash of performance to score her next victory, which she hopes will come at this weekend’s 36th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Continue reading Multi-time Brainerd champ Erica Enders an eyelash away from her next victory

Erica Enders finishes second in Seattle after closest race of NHRA season

Erica Enders finishes second in
Seattle after closest race of NHRA season
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 6) — Professional drag racing is the only motorsport in the world with the need to time things to the 10-thousandth of a second, an increment of time put to the test in the final round of Sunday’s 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals when two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders was edged by Drew Skillman by .0006 seconds, or an estimated one inch, making it the closest drag race of the entire season. Continue reading Erica Enders finishes second in Seattle after closest race of NHRA season

Two-time champ and No. 4 qualifier Erica Enders looking for more Seattle success

Two-time champ and No. 4 qualifier Erica Enders looking for more Seattle success
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 5) — Erica Enders was fighting for her playoff life the last time the NHRA tour passed through Pacific Raceways. This time around, she easily secured her spot in the 2017 Countdown to the Championship by simply qualifying for the elimination field of the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals. Continue reading Two-time champ and No. 4 qualifier Erica Enders looking for more Seattle success

Seattle success on the mind of two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders

Seattle success on the mind of two-time
Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders
KENT, Wash. (Aug. 2) — Erica Enders has placed a push-pin in this weekend’s 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways as the place she would most like to get her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro back into the winner’s circle.
Continue reading Seattle success on the mind of two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders

Despite her best run of the weekend, Erica Enders edged in Sonoma’s opening round

Despite her best run of the weekend, Erica Enders edged in Sonoma’s opening round
SONOMA, Calif. (July 30) — A late night in the Elite Motorsports pit produced a massive turnaround for two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders, who had struggled mightily through two days of qualifying for this weekend’s 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals. Unfortunately, despite posting her best run of the meet by far, Enders came up just short in her first-round race with three-time 2017 winner Bo Butner. Continue reading Despite her best run of the weekend, Erica Enders edged in Sonoma’s opening round

Crowd favorite Erica Enders hoping for better results on race day in Sonoma

Crowd favorite Erica Enders hoping
for better results on race day in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (July 29) — The first two days of the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals have been a bit of a struggle for two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, but that hasn’t dampened the spirits of the always popular pro from Houston.

“We definitely have an issue that we are working to fix,” Enders said after qualifying a season-low 15th on the grid with a 6.949 at 211.89 mph. “Everybody is doing all they can to figure out what the Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro wants and, so far, it’s just not translating to
the scoreboard. Continue reading Crowd favorite Erica Enders hoping for better results on race day in Sonoma

Melling Performance pro Erica Enders vying for vintage victory at Sonoma Raceway

Melling Performance pro Erica Enders
vying for vintage victory at Sonoma Raceway
SONOMA, Calif. (July 26) – Two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has her sights set on some racing redemption in her bright red Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at scenic Sonoma Raceway, set in the heart of Northern California’s wine country.

“We love going to Sonoma,” Enders said. “It’s one of my favorite places to race, and let’s face it, a trip to the wine country is certainly fun and something my whole team looks forward to every year. This year I’m hoping to finally get a Wally (trophy) in Sonoma and get a little payback on the Christmas Tree after Denver.” Continue reading Melling Performance pro Erica Enders vying for vintage victory at Sonoma Raceway

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