Erica Enders wins fourth Pro Stock Championship

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Melling Performance/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Erica Enders has won her fourth Championship. She won the Championship after her first round win at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil.

Enders celebrated at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. She defeated her teammate Alex Laughlin to get the championship.

Melling Performance/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Erica Enders celebrates with her 2020 Championship at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil
Erica Enders celebrates with her 2020 Championship Wally at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

She went 6.662 at 205.47 mph to get the win. Laughlin went 6.820 at 172.17 mph in the losing effort.

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Before Sunday’s eliminations, Enders led with 802 points. Jason Line was trailing with 755 and Jeg Coughlin Jr. also had a chance with 747 points.

Coughlin Jr. was eliminated in the first Pro Stock pairing by Aaron Stanfield — who won his first Pro Stock race last weekend at Houston Raceway Park. Stanfield went 6.687 at 205.82 mph to claim the round win.

The Delaware, Ohio native went 6.667 at 205.29 mph in the losing effort. Stanfield won the round on a hole shot, or 0.0212 seconds (approx. 6 feet).

Related: Justin Ashley wins 2020 NHRA Rookie Award

Line was eliminated in the first round, as well, in his final full-time Pro Stock race. He announced that he would retire at the end of the season.

The North Carolina-based driver was defeated by Cristian Cuadra. This was the first-time that Line lost to Cuadra, as he was previously 2-0 against him.

Cuadra went 6.691 at 204.98 mph to claim the win. Line went 6.653 at 205.51 mph in the losing effort.

Related: Krawiec receives 48th No. 1 qualifier at Dodge NHRA Finals

The Corral Boots Pro Stock driver won on a holeshot. The Ford Mustang driver won by 0.0428 seconds, or approx. 13 feet.

Enders is now the first female with four Championships in a category in the NHRA. She broke a tie with Shirley Muldowney, who has three Top Fuel Championships.

She has now won back-to-back Championships, as well. Enders won in 2019, as well.

Related: Anderson claims 106th No. 1 qualifier in Las Vegas

She also won back-to-back Championships during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. All of her Championships have come with Elite Motorsports.

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