By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Elite Motorsports driver Erica Enders won the delayed ninth annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The Texas native had to wait a few weeks to get the win.
Enders defeated Jason Line in the final round, which was moved due to inclement weather at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois.
She went 6.572 at 208.49 mph to claim the Wally. Line — who is retiring at the end of the season — went 6.588 at 208.81 mph in the losing effort.
This is Enders third win of the season. In addition, the Houston, Texas native now has 28 career Pro Stock wins.
“That was really huge,” Enders said. “I feel like we gave up something big in the second round in Gainesville against Jason, but things work out the way they’re supposed to, and you just have to stay the course. This was a huge move for us. When it’s all on the line and our backs are against the wall, my guys perform every time, and I can’t speak highly enough of them. To win in my home state, it’s just huge.
“We got it done [on Saturday], but tomorrow is a new day. This is a big step in the right direction and by no means is it anywhere close to over, but I’m excited to be in the (points) lead.”
Prior to this final round, each driver won 23 times against the other. However, Enders had a 4-2 advantage in previous final rounds.
Line has advanced to the final round 27 rounds after being the No. 1 qualifier. He is 12-15 in those events.
Enders never trailed for the win following her starting line advantage. She won the event by 0.0253 seconds, or approx. 8 feet.
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