2020 Pro Stock Gatornationals preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Erica Enders will attempt to keep her momentum going in Florida. She will lead the Pro Stock cars into the 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this event was pushed back. Now, six months later, the drivers return in the college town to put on a show for the NHRA fans.

Melling Performance/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Erica Enders racing on Sunday at the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals
Erica Enders racing on Sunday at the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Enders won the last Wally this season at the Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. She won the Wally this season after losing in the final round last season to her teammate Alex Laughlin.

The Texas native defeated Matt Hartford in the final round during Labor Day weekend.

When she won her second U.S. Nationals Wally, it was the second-time that she won in 2020.

Before the coronavirus pandemic shut down in March, Enders also won at the NHRA Arizona Nationals back in February at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

Bo Butner III won the last Wally at Gainesville Raceway in Pro Stock. He won the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals back in March 2019.

Butner III will be making his final Pro Stock appearance as a full-time driver at the track this weekend. He is planning to joining Jason Line and Jeg Coughlin Jr. to retire after the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock this season.

Besides KB Racing powered teammates Butner and Line, fellow teammates Greg Anderson, Deric Kramer, Cristian Cuadra, and Fernando Cuadra Sr. will also be competing in this event.

Elite Motorsports will have their stacked rotation of drivers at this event. Their heavy hitters include Enders, Coughlin Jr., and Alex Laughlin. Troy Coughlin Jr., Bob Benza, Marty Robertson, and Aaron Stanfield will be there reppin’ Team Elite.

Hartford, the American Ethanol driver, will be in Florida after a final round appearance at the U.S. Nationals. Harlow Sammons drivers Chris McGaha and Mason McGaha have made the trek from Texas to Florida to compete.

Teammates Val Smeland and Kenny Delco will also be there. New Jersey native Alan Prusiensky has traveled South for this event.

Part-time drivers Richie Stevens Jr., Kyle Koretsky, and Baron “Wally” Stroupe will also compete to try to make the 16-car field for Sunday’s eliminations.

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