SPEED SPORT Staff


Erica Enders earned her first victory of the yr Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (NHRA Photo)

LAS VEGAS – Back-to-back Pro Stock champion Erica Enders went from almost not qualifying to gathering her first victory of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, grabbing the Pro Stock win on Sunday on the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Ryan Oehler (Pro Stock Motorcycle) additionally gained of their respective classes on the second race of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

In her three hundredth profession begin, Enders, a four-time Pro Stock champion, picked up her thirtieth profession win by going 6.656 seconds at 205.88 mph within the remaining spherical in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to beat teammate Aaron Stanfield, Deric Kramer and Mason McGaha.

Enders, who gained her second straight race at Las Vegas and eighth total on the facility, slipped into the qualifying subject at No. 13 on her final try on Saturday, changing into the primary Pro Stock competitor to win from thirteenth since 2006. She stayed excellent over her final six final-round appearances and have become the primary driver to win a four-wide race from the underside half of the sphere.

“I guess today is all about threes,” Enders mentioned. “I really want to give a big thank you to my guys. It is frustrating to go out and shake your butt off (the first two qualifying) rounds. They got down to business today and that’s all that matters. I’m so proud of my team and I freaking love Las Vegas.”

Enders was second in each of the primary two quads, utilizing a holeshot to advance within the second spherical, earlier than the final-round win. Stanfield gained his second-round quad and went 6.667 seconds at 205.26 mph within the finals to complete as runner-up.

In Top Fuel, Torrence capped off a memorable stretch along with his fifth four-wide victory, going 3.823 seconds at 321.73 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster within the remaining spherical to beat Doug Kalitta, Clay Millican and Antron Brown. It provides Torrence his first victory of the yr and forty first in his profession.

The win for Torrence, who has gained three straight Top Fuel titles, comes after celebrating the start of his first baby lower than two weeks in the past, his birthday on Saturday and his mom’s birthday on Sunday. After qualifying second, Torrence gained his first two quads and cruised to the win within the remaining spherical in opposition to three standout drivers.

“There’s nothing better than being a dad, and happy birthday to my mom, and we had Dom Lagana standing on the starting line with me. There’s a lot of cool stuff that happened today,” Torrence mentioned. “I’m taking my little girl home her very first Wally. We had to work hard to get it done today, but we got it done and I’m proud of it.”

Kalitta completed because the runner-up within the class, going 3.866 seconds at 270.75 mph in his 106th profession remaining spherical. He gained his first quad and completed second to Torrence within the second spherical to advance to the finals.

Bob Tasca III picked up his first Funny Car triumph in nearly two years Sunday in Las Vegas. (NHRA Photo)
Bob Tasca III picked up his first Funny Car triumph in almost two years Sunday in Las Vegas. (NHRA Photo)

Tasca picked up his first Funny Car victory in almost two years and his seventh total because of a run of three.938 seconds at 328.46 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang within the finals.

In a loaded Funny Car remaining, Tasca outlasted defending world champ Matt Hagan, Tim Wilkerson and Ron Capps, narrowly slipping previous Hagan on the end line. Tasca additionally earned his first four-wide win within the course of, with it approaching the weekend the place the Ford Mustang celebrated its 57th birthday.

“It’s so special. My dad hasn’t been out here in a long time and it’s great to have him out here,” Tasca mentioned. “Happy birthday to Mustang, and I’m so privileged to be able to drive the quickest and fastest Mustang on the planet, so thank you to Ford.”

Hagan went 3.955 seconds at 324.98 mph to complete because the runner-up. He was second within the first-round quad and gained his second-round quad to maneuver to his 66th remaining. Wilkerson’s 3.922-second go at 320.43 mph was the quickest run of the ultimate spherical, however Tasca and Hagan had been each faster on the beginning line.

Oehler was in a celebratory temper after incomes his second Pro Stock Motorcycle victory on his Flyin’ Ryan Racing EBR, going 6.911 seconds at 194.83 mph within the remaining spherical to beat Cory Reed, Steve Johnson and a red-lighting Scotty Pollacheck.

He overcame vital adversity all through the weekend to realize his first four-wide victory, profitable his first-round quad and ending second a spherical later to Johnson to maneuver to the ultimate spherical. Oehler, who earned his first win final season, was spectacular within the remaining spherical, posting a fantastic response time and selecting up the robust wire-to-wire win.

“We started the weekend off in the sand at the end of the track and round one, we basically ruined the engine,” Oehler mentioned. “We changed motors and made a rapid turnaround, and I can’t thank my family, my team, my crew and my sponsors enough. This is awesome. We got our second Wally and there’s going to be more.”

Reed completed because the runner-up after going 6.948 seconds at 193.10 mph, advancing to his second profession remaining spherical. He took second in all three quads on Sunday.



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