ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (Sept. 5) – A recent test session has Keith Haney and Erica Enders-Stevens pumped about ADRL Dragstock X this weekend at Rockingham Dragway.
Haney and Enders-Stevens tested Keith Haney Racing’s Chevrolet Camaro at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park last week, with Enders-Stevens testing two days in the black Racing Junk/Lucas Oil Camaro and Haney one in the Lucas Oil Chevy.
Keith Haney and Erica Enders-Stevens will team to race at Dragstock X.
“After adjusting chassis and making corrections on a lot of the nitrous setup, we finally did really well,” Haney said. “We found a couple of issues that we had in the black car. We believe we’ve fixed the issues from Memphis (Tenn.), so we obviously found a lot of things in the test that will allow us to do real well at The Rock.”
Haney said wiring issues with Enders-Stevens’ car were causing some problems, but once those were discovered crew chief Brandon Pesz of Lethal Acceleration was able to put in a solid tune-up.
“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable in the car,” Enders-Stevens said. “We’re getting closer with the setup. It’s always a challenge with a new driver and having to move weight around to get the car optimized for the best performance, but the test session definitely helped.
“Having Racing Junk on the car is pretty cool, too. I know how hard it is to get sponsorship these days, so for them to come on board is a feather in Keith’s cap. We’re excited to run well for them this weekend.”
Enders-Stevens made her first appearance in a nitrous race car in Memphis last month, though she lost in the first round. Expectations are higher this time around.
“I’m excited,” Enders-Stevens said. “I wasn’t nervous the first run of the test session. I feel a lot better in the car, and I’ve gotten acquainted with the car. As a driver that is always helpful when it comes time to go racing.”
Enders-Stevens certainly knows Rockingham Dragway, as she has tested there for years while racing in NHRA Pro Stock.
“That is our home test track for Pro Stock,” said Enders-Stevens, a five-time winner in the ultra-competitive NHRA class. “I’ve been testing there for the last 10 years, at least a few times a year. I’m very familiar with the track and the personnel. It was one of ADRL’s biggest events in the past, so I’m looking forward to a packed house this weekend.”
Enders-Stevens’ appearances in ADRL has drawn plenty of attention for the league, Keith Haney Racing, and its sponsors: Lucas Oil, Pro Torque, Racing Junk, Five Star Bodies, Monroe Guest Motorsports, Regional Hyundai, Suburban Chevrolet, Classic Chevrolet, Miami Chevrolet Buick GMC, Nissan of Muskogee, and Tulsa Raceway Park.
Haney also sends a special thank-you to Kenny Nowling and the ADRL for the support he and the league have given Haney and Enders-Stevens.
“She’s a lot more confident,” Haney said of Enders-Stevens. “We were real happy with the whole test session. We had Brandon Pesz from Lethal Acceleration just concentrating on her and I and it went real well. We’re real excited about it.
“We’re going in with a chance to win. That’s what matters.”
Haney and Enders-Stevens will test on Friday in Rockingham, with three rounds of qualifying on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday.