Four-time Champ Enders leads at 52nd annual Gatornationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Melling Performance and Elite Motorsports Pro Stock driver Erica Enders is the provisional leader on the first day of the season. She leads in her class at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.

The four-time World Champion went 6.528 at 210.77 mph. Enders will try to hold onto the top spot with two additional passes on Saturday.

Melling Performance and Elite Motorsports sponsored driver Erica Enders competes on Friday at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Erica Enders competes on Friday at the 52nd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by NHRA/Twitter)

Summit Racing Equipment sponsored Greg Anderson is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The North Carolina native went 6.536 at 211.30 mph.

KB Racing powered Deric Kramer is the provisional No. 3 qualifier in his Get Biofuels entry. The Colorado native went 6.540 at 210.08 mph.

Here is how the rest of the ladder looked like:

4) Kenny Delco at 6.543 at 210.11 mph
5) Troy Coughlin Jr at 6.543 at 209.85 mph
6) Kyle Koretsky at 6.544 at 210.18 mph
7) Chris McGaha at 6.549 at 210.83 mph
8) Alex Laughlin at 6.555 at 209.72 mph
9) Aaron Stanfield at 6.557 at 209.72 mph
10) Mason McGaha at 6.558 at 208.59 mph
11) Dallas Glenn (debut) at 6.563 at 209.92 mph
12) Matt Hartford at 6.569 at 208.71 mph
13) Bob Benza at 6.579 at 209.85 mph
14) Fernando Cuadra Jr. at 6.586 at 209.43 mph
15) Val Smeland at 6.598 at 210.08 mph
16) Cristian Cuadra at 6.603 at 208.55 mph

Several drivers are not qualified. These drivers will have two qualifying sessions on Saturday to try to make eliminations on Sunday.

The drivers on the outside looking in are Richie Stevens, Fernando Cuadra Sr., Alan Prusiensky, John Callahan, and John Gaydosh Jr.

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