Erica Enders-Stevens took home her second trophy of the weekend on Sunday, picking up the Pro Stock Wally at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Saturday, she won the K&N Horsepower Challenge specialty race for Pro Stocks. Joining Enders-Stevens in the winner’s circle at LVMS were Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel).
This marked the second time that two women earned wins one NHRA event – Enders-Stevens and Courtney Force both picked up win in 2012 at Pacific Raceways near Seattle, Washington.
“I have a different mindset (this year),” said Enders-Stevens. “It goes back to the people [I’m around] – for the first time since I raced with my family as a kid, and then in the sportsman ranks, I’m having fun again. As a driver, it adds a lot of pressure when you have the fastest car, but I like that.”
Enders-Stevens earned round winds over Larry Morgan, Steve Kent and Chris McGaha to race in the finals against Jason Line. Her win put her atop the Pro Stock points, the first time a woman has led the category.
DeJoria picked up her second win of the season, beating Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon and Cruz Pedregon on her way to the finals against Robert Hight. Hight took over the points lead in Funny Car with his runner-up finish.
“It was a good day at the office, especially with the Patron Spirits company located right here in Las Vegas,” said DeJoria of the win in her sponsor’s hometown.
Schumacher beating Doug Kalitta in the final round of Top Fuel eliminations after round wins against Troy Buff, Spencer Massey and Antron Brown.
“I’m not angry that we hadn’t won in a long time,” said Schumacher of his 15-race winless streak. “I was disappointed, but I understand that you have to make leaps and bounds. Kalitta is running great, Antron (Brown) is running good, the Alan Johnson [Al-Anabi] cars are going to be bad to the bone pretty soon. We have to keep forcing the issue.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series resumes Friday through Sunday, April 11th through 13th at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, home of the Four-Wide Nationals. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.
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