Enders-Stevens Tops in NHRA
Picks Up Wins in Two Events
Larry Jewett - April 09, 2014 10:45 AM
Erica Enders-Stevens clkaimed the K & N Horsepower Challenge in Las VegasPhoto by NHRA
After winning the Horsepower Challenge, Enders-Stevens ran through the Pro Stock field for a championshipPhoto by NHRA
Erica Enders-Stevens collected the top prize of $50,000 for winning the K&N Horsepower Challenge for Pro Stock cars at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Enders-Stevens, runner-up in last year's Challenge, made a strong run of 6.64, 208.39 to collect the win over Dave Connolly, who had to abort his run shortly after dropping the clutch.
“We’ve had a great hot rod all year, and it really came together for us two weeks ago in Gainesville, where we set the national record but lost in the final round on a holeshot, so it was great to give something back to my guys,” said Enders-Stevens, the first woman to win the special bonus event.
Enders-Stevens and her Elite Motorsports Camaro advanced to the final round by beating Dodge runner V. Gaines in round one, 6.64 to 6.65, then put a .016 to .036 holeshot on Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the semifinals and held on to win by a nose, 6.653 to 6.642.
The momentum of the Saturday win was obvious in the Pro Stock eliminations as Enders-Stevens marched through the field to complete the weekend double. She qualified third quick, only .002 seconds off the top spot in a field that saw the top seven separated by only .007 seconds. She dispatched three drivers, including two Camaro drivers en route to meeting familiar foe Jason Line and his Camaro in the finals. Each had a .034 reaction time, but Enbders-Stevens hustled down track at a quicker clip for her latest Wally and secured the division’s point lead.
Other GM winners in Las Vegas included Nick Januik’s Monte Carlo, which claimed the Alcohol Funny Car title for his first nationals in just five qualified events. Peter Biondi drove his ’98 Firebird to a pair of titles, claiming the Super Stock and Stock championbships. It marked the second time Biondi has doubled with the last one occurring in 2005. Trevor Larson brought his ’08 Corvette to gold in the Super Gas class.