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Pro Stock champ Erica Enders honored with ESPY nomination for Best Driver

NHRA Pro Stock Champ Erica Enders nominated for 2016 ESPY

WYNNEWOOD, OH — Elite Motorsports/Mopar driver Erica Enders has been nominated for an ESPY Award following her dominant performance in winning the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship.

Enders was nominated in the Best Driver category, repeating her nomination of last year. She will attend the ESPYs, hosted by John Cena, on July 13 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“I’m excited to be nominated again,” Enders said. “It’s a huge honor for all forms of sports across the board. It’s pretty neat. Hopefully, this year we can win.”

Fans can vote for Enders in the Best Driver category here: http://espn.go.com/espys/2016/?voting=bestdriver.

Others nominated in the Best Driver category are Kyle Busch of NASCAR, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi of IndyCar, and Lewis Hamilton of Formula One.

Enders had a stellar 2015 season, eclipsing even her 2014 championship year. She won nine races in 2015, breaking the NHRA single-season record for victories by a female (previously set by Angelle Sampey in 2001). She also made two more final-round appearances and scored six No. 1 qualifiers.

Enders clinched the Pro Stock championship at the penultimate race of the season, in Las Vegas, earning the title in style by winning the race.

Enders won three consecutive final rounds (in Brainerd, Minn.; Indianapolis; and Charlotte, N.C.) on holeshots (beating an opponent with a quicker reaction time), an all-time NHRA record across all pro classes.

Her 58 round-wins in 2015 led all professional drivers and ranked 11th all-time for a single season.

Enders also won three races in a row (in Brainerd, Indianapolis, and Charlotte) to tie the mark held by Sampey (2002) and Shirley Muldowney (1977) for consecutive wins by a woman.

“I have a really amazing team,” Enders said. “It’s so nice to have group of people who always have my back. They are absolutely, hands down the biggest reason why it’s been such a success the past two years. This nomination is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Enders became the 33rd driver in NHRA history to win multiple championships and the ninth in the Pro Stock class. She’s also the first back-to-back champion in NHRA since 2011-12, when Eddie Krawiec won the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

Enders is the first to win consecutive Pro Stock titles since the legendary Jeg Coughlin Jr. accomplished the feat in 2007-08.

Pro Stock champion Erica Enders named to espnW’s prestigious IMPACT25

Erica Enders espnW IMPACT25 Marvel Comics

NEW ORLEANS, LA — After a spectacular season that was capped by her second consecutive NHRA Pro Stock world championship, Erica Enders was named to espnW’s IMPACT25 list.

The list features “athletes and influencers who have made the biggest mark on women in sports,” according to espnW. Enders was joined on the list by some of the world’s most famous athletes, including World Cup champion Carli Lloyd, tennis star Serena Williamns, and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be on this list of the best athletes in the world,” Enders said. “Thank you to ESPN and espnW for recognizing the contributions of women in sports, and thank you to pioneers like Shirley Muldowney and Angelle Sampey for helping pave the way for other women like me in drag racing.

“I say it all the time, but my guys at Elite Motorsports are the best. We have great chemistry, great leadership, and a great work ethic, all things needed for a championship team. We get it done because of the people. I couldn’t ask to be on a better team.”

Enders won nine times in 2015 in one of the most impressive seasons in Pro Stock history. She led the ultra-competitive class with nine victories, 11 final-round appearances, and six No. 1 qualifiers. Along the way, she had an impressive streak of three consecutive victories, all on holeshots (a first in NHRA history).

She closed 2015 in even more impressive fashion, winning five of the final eight races, including three of the six Countdown to the Championship events. Enders clinched her second title in a row in Las Vegas, winning her ninth race of the season.

Her nine victories broke Sampey’s single-season mark of victories by a female (seven) set in 2001.

Enders has 21 career victories, 39th all time. She is second among women in victories, trailing only Sampey (41). Her 19th career win passed Muldowney on the all-time win list for women.

The IMPACT25 list was determined by a panel of sports experts and personalities, including past players and ESPN editors and executives. The list was split into two categories, Athletes and Influencers.

Each of the honorees was captured in a “super” illustration by Marvel Comics.

Visit http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/impact25/2015/article/14254032/erica-enders to read Erica’s IMPACT25 bio.

Video: Erica Enders-Stevens & Dave Connolly Interview Segment

Watch this interview segment of Erica and crew chief Dave Connolly aired during the Spring Nationals in Houston.