Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
Enders intent on upward mobility
A part of the rankings since the season opener in
In fact, Enders could catapult herself to the No. 3 spot in the world were she able to score the maximum number of points up for grabs in a single race this weekend (138). But the 23-year-old tends to lean on her conservative side.
"Being a part of the POWERade top 10 is very important to me," Enders said from her
"Pro Stock is so tight this year and I know there are nine of us within 51 points of each other, all the way up to the No. 5 spot. It really puts a premium on every round and even every qualifying position you earn."
A two-time finalist who has had the quickest car in the field at times this year, Enders points to the newly instituted Countdown to the Championship as the reason for the intense early-season jostling in the standings. Only the top eight racers in the standings will be eligible for the 2007 title beginning at the U.S. Nationals in early September.
"It feels like the season is shorter because there are only 17 races before they cut it down to eight," Enders said. "So we're already almost a third of the way along. Everyone is looking at those top eight spots. Since they're resetting the points in Indy for those eight cars, it literally opens it up for anyone in that group to win it all.
"But right now I don't want to look at it like we need to do it all in one race. Our first goal is always to qualify for the field and to qualify well. We can make up enough points just by qualifying high on the list to get back in the top 10. Then we can look at going rounds and getting into that field of eight.
"Ultimately, if you just race the best you can and run like we've already shown that we're capable of running, our ranking will take care of itself. But we all know exactly where we are in the points at all times. Anyone that says otherwise isn't telling you the truth."
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