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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.

Erica Enders heads to ESPYs with semifinal finish in Chicago

Erica Enders makes semi final appearance in Chicago 2015

CHICAGO, IL — Elite Motorsports driver Erica Enders heads to the 2015 ESPYs with a semifinal finish at the Lucas Oil Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Route 66 Raceway.

Enders is nominated for the Best Driver award at the ceremony, which will be held Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Fans can still vote for Enders in the category that includes NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick, IndyCar’s Wil Power and Juan Pablo Montoya, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton here: http://espn.go.com/espys/2015/. Voting concludes at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, the start time for the live broadcast on ABC.

“It would’ve been nice to go there after a victory, but that didn’t happen,” Enders said. “We’re still excited about the nomination and the ceremony, and it’ll be a fun night, win or lose. It’s truly an honor to be in the Best Driver category, especially with such great drivers. I look forward to it.”

Enders won the 2014 Pro Stock championship to earn the ESPYs nomination, and her driving was showcased Sunday. In three rounds of racing, she had an average .024-second reaction time, but despite a stellar .017 light in the semifinals against Larry Morgan, she couldn’t get to her sixth final round of 2015. Morgan was .006 on the Christmas Tree, and his pass of 6.630 seconds at 209.88 mph held off her 6.625-second run at 209.36 mph.

“We just got beat,” Enders said. “Give Larry some credit; he’s a great driver and he got it done. That was a great race, but we came up a little short. I hate to lose and it stings when you get beat like that, but my Elite guys have my back. I appreciate that.”

With four victories, five final rounds, and four semifinal appearances, Enders remains second in the Pro Stock points standings. She was gunning for her second Chicago victory after an historic win in 2012 when she became the first woman to win a Pro Stock race.

“Chicago will always have a soft spot in my heart,” Enders said. “We have great success here, from my first final in 2005 and the win in 2012. We wish we could’ve gotten it done again today, but I still believe we have the best car and the best team. We’ll go after it in Denver.”

Enders started her day with a .024 light and a 6.593-second pass at 210.01 mph that dispatched V. Gaines, who slowed to a run of 18.683 seconds at 40.35 mph. Enders then left first on Rodger Brogdon with a .030 light, and she outran him with a pass of 6.608 seconds at 209.82 mph to beat his 6.624-second pass at 209.52 mph.

[Vote Now] NHRA Pro Stock champion Erica Enders nominated for 2015 ESPY Award

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WYNNEWOOD, OK — Reigning NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders has added another accolade to her sterling résumé: an ESPY nomination.

Enders has been nominated in the Best Driver category, joining Kevin Harvick from NASCAR, Juan Pablo Montoya and Wil Power from IndyCar, and Lewis Hamilton from Formula One in the announcement Wednesday.

“Everyone always says it is an honor to be nominated for an award like this, and that is absolutely the case,” Enders said. “I am truly humbled to see my name alongside the greatest in the world, and I am honored to represent my Elite Motorsports team and NHRA at the ESPYs.”

Fans can vote for Enders for Best Driver HERE.

The 2015 ESPY Awards Show will be broadcast live on ABC on July 15 at 8 p.m. ET from the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Enders will attend the ceremony, which will be hosted by comedian Joel McHale.

The ESPY Awards Show brings top athletes and celebrities to recognize accomplishments in sports from the past year. Enders had a remarkable 2014, winning the Pro Stock championship in thrilling fashion in the final round of the final race.

Enders become the first female to win the title in drag racing’s ultra-competitive class, and she did it in clutch fashion, coming from behind in the points standings and winning the last two races of the season.

For her efforts in 2014, she was honored with Racer magazine’s prestigious Racer of the Year Award, beating out competitors across all forms of motorsports in. She also won the magazine’s Drag Racer of the Year honor, as well as earning All-American status from the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association.

Enders joined Elite Motorsports, owned by Richard Freeman, for the 2014 season. Led by crew chiefs Rick and Rickie Jones, Enders won six races and was fastest qualifier six times in 2014. She led the points standings for 15 of 24 races and set the national elapsed time (6.464 seconds) and speed record (215.55 mph) in Englishtown, N.J.

“My guys are absolutely incredible,” Enders said. “They never cease to amaze me. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. This is the first team I’ve ever worked for where we’ve had a unified front and they have my back. I’m blessed to have an incredible group of men, and the chemistry is there. It’s always a positive environment.”

The native of Houston has been racing since she was 8 years old, and she and her sister Courtney were featured in the Disney Channel movie Right on Track in 2003. She moved into the professional ranks in 2005, becoming the first female to win a Pro Stock race in 2012, at Chicago.

The voting link for Best Driver is http://espn.go.com/espys/2015/