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Enders ready for a qualifying streak
Las Vegas, prerace: When Erica Enders moved into the Pro Stock ranks of the NHRA POWERade Series, she knew it was going to be the toughest form of racing yet. Still, Enders and the rest of the Cagnazzi Racing Chevy Cavalier team had high expectations.
They expected the team would earn the right to play with the rest of the top qualifiers on Sunday. They expected to see the 21-year-old
"The competition is amazing, and just when you think it can't be any tougher to qualify for eliminations, the entire category steps up and gets even better," Enders said. "I think our team is doing a fantastic job of competing, and we're making improvements every week. It's exciting being able to compete."
Coming off a first-round loss at her hometown track in
"Vegas is always a fun place to go, and it's even more fun to race there," Enders said. "The entire team goes out to dinner together every night, and we always pick a great place. I'm finally a legal age, so I'm sure we will try some slot machines for fun, too.
"We've qualified for a couple of races, and I think
The rookie already has fond memories of The Strip. Team owner
"It seems like we have been busy since day one," Enders said. "We worked so hard during the off-season, and it hasn't slowed down at all. I raced at The Strip in October in my Super Comp car, and knowing that's where I got my license makes me more excited about racing there."
Knowing the team is capable of being more competitive each week is also adding to her excitement to race in
"The guys told me to keep doing my job on the starting line, and they are going to keep doing their job of making this Cagnazzi car go quicker and quicker," Enders said. "We've had a lot of good things going for us lately. We've qualified, we've added Chicago Pneumatic as a sponsor, and it's still real early in the season. Plus, we keep having fun, and that's the best part."
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