Erica Enders stormed to her second consecutive Pro Stock victory, and third of her increasingly stellar season, by winning the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday.That follows her historic victory in Chicago on July 1, when she became the first woman to win in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class, and her win in Seattle on Aug. 5 when she and Courtney Force became the first duo of women to win the same national event. Plus, Sunday’s victory was a first in an NHRA national event at Brainerd for a woman since legendary Shirley Muldowney won here in Top Fuel in 1986.
“That is really special,” Enders said. “Shirley is a hero of mine, and she’s done so much for this sport and especially for the females in it.To do what we did in Seattle with Courtney and myself and to make that history, and then to come here and do back-to-back, it’s unbelievable. It blows my mind.”
Enders has now won three of the last six Pro Stock races, firmly placing her name among the contenders for the 2012 championship.
“It’s already surreal for me,” Enders, 28, said. “I’m so blessed to be in this position. I know that, and I know how quickly it can disappear. It’s a dream come true for me, and finally, after all the hard work, sweat, tears, it’s nice to be with such a great team and have the chance to chase the championship. I’m excited about it. I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody. I’d certainly put my money on us.”
Her GK Motorsports team, led by car owner Victor Cagnazzi and crew chiefs Dave Connolly and Tommy Utt, has worked to improve the performance of Enders’ Chevrolet Cobalt in recent months.
Enders’ recent streak – which also includes track elapsed-time records in Sonoma and Brainerd – is proof of the hard work.
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