By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
MOHNTON, PA — Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage Pro Stock driver Erica Enders is the No. 1 qualifier. Enders, who won last year’s Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, went 6.494 at 211.13 to claim the top spot at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
Enders was the provisional No. 1 qualifier. Now, the multi-time champion will lead the field on Sunday.
“It was definitely cool to follow up today with two really great runs,” Enders said. “Super proud of my team, we made some changes this morning to try to pick up a little bit and it went in the opposite direction, so we fixed it and were able to outrun the field. It was pretty substantial, but it’s a challenging race day ahead of us tomorrow and we have to make sure everything goes right. I’m excited and proud of my guys. We’ve really turned this season around. I’m stoked and ready to go.
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“We were waiting for that pendulum to swing back in our direction after our really sorry to start for the year, but we knew with hard work and determination. My guys have this awesome never-quit attitude and just amazing tenacity. I’m proud of them. It’s not something that’s easy to go through as a team. We’ve been through the trenches before, but this was a tough one. We rallied together and we’re doing well. A lot can change in the next six Sundays, but we’re going to ride this wave as long as we can.”
She will face Val Smeland in the first round of eliminations. Smeland went 6.576 at 210.37 mph.
JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. The Ohio native went 6.497 at 211.23 mph.
He will face Eric Latino in eliminations. Latino, who is starting the process to become a United States citizen, went 6.572 at 210.34 mph.
Janac Brothers Racing driver Aaron Stanfield is the No. 3 qualifier. He went 6.500 at 211.13 mph.
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Stanfield will face Chris McGaha in eliminations. The Texans went 6.558 at 210.93 mph.
Summit Racing Equipment driver Greg Anderson is the No. 4 qualifier. He went 6.510 at 209.65 mph.
Anderson will face Matt Hartford, who struggled this weekend with his race. Hartford went 6.548 at 209.69 mph.
Get Bio Fuel driver Deric Kramer is the No. 5 qualifier. The Colorado native went 6.515 at 209.49 mph.
Kramer will face KB Titan Racing driver Camrie Caruso. She went 6.518 at 210.28 mph.
Other pairings include co-owner of Maple Grove Raceway Kyle Koretsky, who will face Jerry Don Tucker. Former Pro Stock Champion Bo Butner will face Fernando Cuadra Jr.
Cristian Cuadra will face Dallas Glenn in another pairing.
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