Capping off what was easily one of the best days of her long and successful career, Erica Enders won her fourth Camping World NHRA Pro Stock championship and then returned a few hours later to win her 29th Pro Stock event. Enders ran her record to a perfect 4-0 in final rounds this season with a 6.643 after up-and-coming rookie Kyle Koretsky red-lighted in his Nitro Fish Camaro.
“What an unbelievable day,” said Enders, who now has won six times in Las Vegas including four at the fall race. “This place has been so good to me but I couldn’t do it without my team. This wasn’t our best year by any stretch but we persevered and dug deep and found a way to make it happen. I am a luck girl to live the life I do.”
Enders and her Melling/Elite team have never been anything less than competitive, but they struggled in qualifying in Las Vegas and landed in the No. 12 spot heading into the final day of the season. In a shocking development, Enders officially clinched the title in the opening round when he two rivals, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Jason Line, both lost on holeshots.
The pressure of the point battle behind her, Enders rolled to wins against teammates Alex Laughlin and Troy Coughlin Jr. and Greg Anderson to make it to the final round, but it wasn’t easy. Coughlin, a runner-up to his uncle, Jeg, at the second Indy event this year, put up the biggest fight, but ultimately came up .002-second short at the finish line. Enders also defeated rival Anderson on a holeshot when her 6.642 was enough to hold off the Summit driver’s 6.625 by just .009-second.
It took just eight races for Korestky to join his father, Kenny, as a national event finalist in Pro Stock by driving his KB-powered Camaro to wins against Kenny Delco, 2017 champ Bo Butner, and sophomore racer Cristian Cuadra, who reached the semifinals for the first time in his career. Coming off a semifinal finish a week ago in Houston, Koretsky held on to defeat Cuadra’s Corral Boots entry, 6.665 to 6.686.
The abbreviated 2020 Pro Stock schedule featured just ten events but had six different winners including Enders, who captured the lion’s share of the titles with four victories. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Matt Hartford, Aaron Stanfield, and Alex Laughlin also picked up victories.