LAS VEGAS, NV – March 27, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders, driver of the Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro, is the K&N Horsepower Challenge Fan Vote winner and will fill the No. 8 starting spot in the Pro Stock bonus event.
“Our fans have proved, once again, to be the best in all of motorsports,” Enders said. “I feel so blessed and I am so thankful for their incredible support. We will do everything we can to show our appreciation by running the wheels of this Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to try and win this year’s K&N Horsepower Challenge.”
The 33rd annual K&N Horsepower Challenge will be contested during the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals on Saturday, April 1 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event will be televised by FOX Sports 1.
Enders has back-to-back wins in the lucrative Pro Stock event with victories in 2014 and 2015, the same years she won her Pro Stock world championships. This will be her seventh start in the popular all-star event and she’ll open things up against defending Pro Stock world champion and last year’s runner-up of the event Jason Line.
“We had a great run between 2013-2015 in this event,” Enders said. “We were runner-up in 2013 and then won back-to-back races the following two years. We also won the national event the same weekend as the two years we won the K&N Challenge so obviously, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a lucky place for our team.”
The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a race within a race, highlighting the top drivers in NHRA Pro Stock competition, for which the winner receives $50,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semifinalists will each receive $3,000, and the four first-round finishers will each take home $2,500. If a driver doubles-up by winning the specialty event and the national event, that driver will win a $25,000 bonus. Drivers began accumulating points from qualifying starting at the 2016 DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals and the No. 1 qualifier at each NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event earned a $3,000 bonus.
In addition to Enders vs. Line, other first round pairings are defending winner Greg Anderson vs. two-time winner Allen Johnson; Bo Butner vs. Drew Skillman; and Shane Gray vs. Vincent Nobile.
K&N Horsepower Challenge rounds are scheduled for 1: 30, 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.
Tickets for the DENSO Spark Plug NHRA Nationals, March 31- April 2 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are available by logging on to www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444.
About National Hot Rod Association
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Source: National Hot Rod Association