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New Camaro propels Enders to track records in Topeka

TOPEKA, KS — The decision to bring out a new Chevrolet Camaro midway through the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season paid record dividends for Erica Enders during the NHRA Kansas Nationals on Friday at Heartland Park Topeka.

The 2014 Pro Stock champion set track elapsed-time and speed records with her new Elite Motorsports Chevy to snare the provisional No. 1 qualifier. Her pass of 6.515 seconds at 211.43 mph in the first qualifying session broke the e.t. record of 6.566 seconds set by Jason Line in May 2012 and the speed record of 211.30 mph set by Greg Anderson, also in May 2012.

“It’s been awesome,” Enders said. “We’ve had a really good hot rod for most of the year, and we brought out a new race car in Atlanta last week, so we feel like we’re taking baby steps to get it to run the way we want to. It’s proving to be an awesome race car so far.

“The weather is a little bit uncharacteristic of this time of year up here, so it’s cool to capture the record, but we’ve got our work cut out for us, as we always do. Pro Stock is super competitive, and I’m just really proud of my guys for running this well.”

The crew chief trio of Rick and Rickie Jones and Mark Ingersoll have been dialing in the new car, which debuted in Atlanta with a No. 2 qualifier and a semifinal finish. Enders credited a quick launch of the car in Topeka with her quick times.

“I have three tremendous crew chiefs, Rick and Rickie Jones and Mark Ingersoll,” Enders said. “They were up yesterday looking at the track and today as well. Between that, they were tracking weather and putting the best setup we possibly could in our car. We picked it up at 60 feet. We’re not a top 60-foot team, and today, both times, we’ve been No. 1 or No. 2. The car is leaving really nice and smooth, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

Cooler temperatures descended on Heartland Park on Friday, and Enders expected to pick up in Q2. She was quickest of the round, though she slowed slightly with a pass of 6.520 seconds at 210.93 mph.

“We thought it would be a little faster tonight,” Enders said. “My crew chiefs said we’d go a .51 first round, and we did. Tonight, we figured we’d be able to improve and run a low .50 or a high .49, and the water kinda moved in quickly while we were up there, so that’s what slowed it down a little bit.”

More water, in the form of rain, is expected Saturday, which could wash out the final two qualifying sessions. Still, Enders and her team are planning for Sunday’s eliminations.

“Since we’re sitting in the top position, we’ll keep trying to be consistent and bettering our runs and perfect that race-day setup,” Enders said.

Enders-Stevens Sets Pro Stock Speed Record, Runners-Up at Gatornationals

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GAINESVILLE, FL — It was a near-storybook weekend for Erica Enders-Stevens and Elite Motorsports with another number two qualifying effort, a new national speed record, and a runner-up finish. These are the results the team has been building toward since the start of the 2014 season, and it arrived at the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

The drive kicked off during the first round of qualifying, where Enders-Stevens captured the new Pro Stock nationals speed record with a 6.483 @ 214.69 mph.

“That was a huge way to kick off the weekend,” said Enders-Stevens. “The conditions were great for breaking records, and we’re pumped we could take advantage of it. Nick Ferri and the guys at the engine shop have been busting their butts to deliver horsepower and it’s an awesome feather to have in their caps.”

The Elite Motorsports Camaro continued to charge through the remaining qualifying session, backing up the record speed to secure it’s place in books, and posting the lowest ETs during Saturday’s two sessions.

Race day proved to deliver the results that had eluded the team during the first two events. Erica easily beat Robert Patrick in the first round before eliminating V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile to reach a final round match-up against none other than long-time friend, Allen Johnson.

However, it would be AJ’s day when he shot off the line first to take the holeshot victory. His 0.030 second advantage and 6.566 @ 211.73 mph run managed to hold off Erica’s 6.551 @ 211.96 mph pass to the finish line.

“We had fast and consistent race car all weekend and I’m so proud of my team,” said Erica. “It didn’t end up the way we had hoped, but if we have to lose, I pick Brutus to win. It’s awesome to have the fastest hot rod in the world and we will do our best to keep going rounds!”

Erica heads to Las Vegas next for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals from March 28-30. There, she’ll be competing for $50,000 during that Saturday’s K&N Horsepower Challenge after securing her spot by qualifying in Gainesville.