BRADENTON, FL – Erica Enders and Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage/Melling Performance/SCAG Power Equipment rallied to victory Saturday at the SCAG Power Equipment PRO Superstar Shootout at Brandenton Motorsports Park. Their win at the inaugural event not only earns them bragging rights but a $125,000 pay day.
In the final round, Enders would race to the quarter-mile in a stout 6.531-seconds at 210.05 mph to take down rival Dave Connolly’s 6.577 at 208.11.
“We are so lucky to have partners like JHG and SCAG. They really dove into this event headfirst and supported this race, not just the race cars but the entire PRO Superstar Shootout. There’s such a sense of pride I feel having partners that believe in what we believe in. You can’t compare it to anything. So, it means a lot to be in that final round, to get that win. I would be lying if I told you my heart rate wasn’t a little higher than normal,” said Enders, who entered the day as the No. 1 qualifier and earned the $10,000 bonus from Lucas Oil.
BRADENTON, FL – Six-time world champion Erica Enders and her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage/Melling Performance/SCAG Power Equipment Pro Stock team landed the No. 1 qualifying position Friday at the SCAG Power Equipment PRO Superstar Shootout presented by Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage at Brandenton Motorsports Park.
In the final qualifying session, Enders laid down an impressive 6.505-second pass at 210.21 mph to jump from the No. 12 qualifying position to the top spot earning the $10,000 cash bonus provided by Lucas Oil.
“We got here a week ago, and we did some testing and my race car performed awesome. Then we got to qualifying and we struggled. So I was a little nervous but I have a lot of confidence in my guys,” Enders said. “Going up there on that last run sitting No. 12, I asked my crew chief Mark Ingersoll, how do we look, and I could hear the confidence in his voice and then Jake Hairston, my tuner, came over and said we were fixing to go to the top. That gives me confidence behind the wheel.
After a successful career at JEGS spanning nearly 25 years, Woodruff is eager to tackle his next challenge at Elite Motorsports, LLC. He’ll work closely with the litany of brands within the organization, including Elite Motorsports, Elite Performance, Elite HP, Patterson-Elite and Elite Cultivation, helping take each brand to a new level.
“I’m really excited about the new role and taking the things I learned the past 24 years and the relationships I’ve forged in the industry, and using a lot of that at Elite Motorsports, LLC,” Woodruff said. “I’m really looking forward to helping organize and streamline everything for all the different brands and companies, and making each program stronger and stronger.”
Woodruff has built an impressive reputation in the drag racing world, helping put the JEGS brand front and center in the sport for nearly a quarter-century. He’ll look to have a similar impact with the Elite Motorsports, LLC brand, which has enjoyed immense success in a number of different areas within motorsports.
Enders claimed the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship last season to deem her the winningest NHRA female champion, with four world titles to her name.
With her previous ESPYS Best Driver Award nomination in 2015, Enders joins NHRA greats of John Force (2000-2003, 2011 and 2014), Tony Schumacher (2007-2010) and Greg Anderson (2005 and 2011) with multiple nominations for the prestigious award.
“Being nominated for an ESPYS award is a testament to all of my team’s hard work,” said Enders of her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro team. “Last year was a battle to the end and I was so proud of everything we went through. I’m just so thankful to be able to drive this car and work with these guys who make it all possible.”
The four-time world champion did just that at Orlando Speed World Dragway and picked up an impressive first in the process.
Driving the Lee Sharp-owned Sharp Racing ’08 Pontiac G5, Enders won for the first time in Competition Eliminator, going 7.894-seconds at 176.42 mph on an 8.15 index in the final round to win and collect the $10,000 prize.
“I’m proud for the team, but I want to thank Lee Sharp for giving me the chance to drive this car,” Enders said. “I know I’ve had a bit of a bumpy road in this car, but they’ve stuck with me regardless. It’s been a huge learning curve and I’m thankful for this team staying patient with me.”
Enders managed to get refocused after falling to Cristian Cuadra in the Pro Stock semifinals when Cuadra went .001 on the starting line. Enders put up a strong .029 reaction time but she couldn’t quite track down Cuadra, going 6.516 at 210.54.
ORLANDO, FL – Erica Enders accomplished a great deal last season, making more history in her incredible Pro Stock career. But there was one thing missing and it’s something she can rectify right off the bat to open her 2021 season. The four-time Pro Stock world champ will race at this weekend’s second annual CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS at Orlando Speed World Dragway, with the Pro Stock winner again earning $75,000.
Like last year, it’s the biggest single-race prize in Pro Stock’s illustrious 50-plus year history and something Enders would love to add to her long list of accomplishments in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
She had an uncharacteristic first-round loss at the inaugural race last year, which only adds to her motivation heading into the weekend.
ORLANDO – With the biggest doorslammer race of the year taking place close to their Clearwater, Fla. headquarters, Applied Race Technology figured it made perfect sense to sponsor this weekend’s CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS at Orlando Speed World Technology.
Race officials announced the partnership today, adding Applied Race Technology (A.R.T), considered one of the sport’s top names for quality components and award-winning service, to the growing list of sponsors for the second annual race. The company is also serving as a sponsor for Pro Stock’s Erica Enders during the race, and their logo will be on the car of the back-to-back and four-time world champion.
“Orlando is almost in our backyard and it’s a big event, there’s no doubt about it,” A.R.T owner Brian Carithers said. “To have all these doorslammers in Pro Stock and Pro Mod there, and then you add in all the sportsman cars, we’re all pretty excited for this. Everyone at the shop is excited and knowing how racer and fan-oriented this event is, we can’t wait to check it out.
“Plus, we’re thrilled to do anything with Pro Stock and to get to work with Erica, that makes it even better.”
GunSkins, a popular protective, nonporous DIY vinyl wrap for guns, was announced today by Enders and Elite Motorsports as a sponsor for the upcoming 2021 racing season, which begins March 5-7 with the CTECH World Doorslammer Nationals presented by JEGS in Orlando and continues the next weekend in Gainesville to kick off the NHRA campaign.
On the heels of her fourth world championship in 2020, Enders is thrilled to add a marquee name to the team’s list of partners for the 2021 campaign.
“It’s a great pleasure to be involved with companies within our industry, but every once in a while it’s fun to branch out and attach our team and my name to a mainstream company that I already use and believe in,” Enders said. “I want to give a big thanks to GunSkins for this opportunity, and I know they won’t regret getting involved in drag racing. We are the demographic they cater to and it’s very exciting.”
Enders clinched her fourth Pro Stock world championship during the NHRA Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving her the most titles of any female in NHRA history. She surpassed greats Shirley Muldowney and Angelle Sampey on Sunday, moving into a legendary category all her own.
But Enders wasn’t done there, rolling to the victory with a run of 6.643-seconds at 206.39 mph in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the final round. It was the perfect capper to a challenging and unprecedented 2020 season, where Enders yet again proved to be the cream of the crop — this time in historic fashion.
“What an unbelievable day,” said Enders, who earned her seventh victory in Vegas. “This place has been so good to me, but I couldn’t do it without my team. We persevered and dug deep, and we found a way to make it happen. I am a lucky girl to live the life I do.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis proved to be a pivotal weekend for Erica Enders a year ago as she chased a third Pro Stock world championship. In the middle of an intense points battle as a wild 2020 NHRA season hits crunch time at this weekend’s NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway Park, Enders hopes St. Louis proves to be another game-changing event.
When Enders won the race last year, it was her first of the season, vaulting her into the championship mix in a major way. She closed the gap to Jason Line to 11 points and, using that momentum, Enders jumped into the lead a race later and never relinquished it. Sitting a mere two points back of Line entering the weekend this year, another St. Louis win could put Enders in prime position for another world title in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
“St. Louis has been great to me in past years and I’m hoping that trend continues. This race last year was the game changer for us,” said Enders, who has three career Pro Stock wins in St. Louis. “My sister (Courtney) and I were talking about it today. Last year, she told me, ‘This is where it will all change and you will become a three-time champ.’ She was right and she said it again (Friday) as we are working really hard to win our fourth (title).