More than a month between Pro Stock races didn’t slow down Enders one bit, as the points leader stayed red-hot in Epping, capping off her weekend with a winning run of 6.547 at 211.00 in the finals in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Enders knocked off defending event winner Aaron Stanfield in the final round, claiming her third straight victory and fourth in what’s been a dominant 2022 season.
Enders reached the final round with victories against Kenny Delco, defending world champion Greg Anderson and Mason McGaha, and then led wire-to-wire against Stanfield to run away with her 37th career win. It’s only the second time in the four-time world champ’s career where she’s had a three-race winning streak, showing just how motivated she is to claim a fifth world title.
“We’re off to a tremendous start, and we’re going to enjoy the ride while it lasts and try to capitalize on it,” Enders said. “But this is a dream come true. Any weekend we can stick two Elite Motorsports cars in the final round is awesome and winning here in 2017 kind of turned the tides for us. This is a unique place to run, and the cars usually run really well here. I love racing in this part of the country. It’s exciting to see the fan’s reception for our class when nitro kind of takes the lead because they explode and crash and run into things. But Pro Stock is so intricate and precise, and the fans here love it. This is Pro Stock country.
“This is our effort for our fifth title, and the fashion that we lost in last year was pretty gut wrenching. But that gave us the motivation to go to work. We’ve started the season on the right foot, and I’m blessed to be the girl that gets to drive that racecar.”
Stanfield advanced to the final round for the third time this year, knocking off Troy Coughlin Jr., Deric Kramer, and Fernando Cuadra Jr. He also stayed second in points, though Enders’ lead grew to 92 points with the victory.
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action June 17-19 with the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
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