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Western Swing Pro Stock recap: Lots of shifting gears but not many positions

Erica Enders maintained her points lead in Pro Stock despite earning two fewer points than teammate Aaron Stanfield over the three-race Western Swing. Here's a look at the movers, shakers, and disappointments within the class. Last in a series.
05 Aug 2022
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor
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Erica Enders

The three-race Western Swing is the gateway to the home stretch of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series regular season that sets the contenders for the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs and a pivotal time for teams trying to establish dominance or just to get back into the fight.

This week we’ll share a class-by-class look at those who prospered and those who floundered during the annual trek through Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle, wrapping up with Pro Stock. [Top Fuel recap | Funny Car recap]

  • Aaron Stanfield actually outpointed his teammate and points leader, Erica Enders, over the three-race swing, but only by two points, which lightly dented her incoming points lead from 105 to 103.
  • The wings of Enders' otherwise soaring Western Swing were clipped early by an upset loss in round one of Denver, but she went on to win seven of the eight remaining rounds, with a win in Sonoma and a runner-up in Seattle.
  • Stanfield went to at least the semifinals of all three races, highlighted by a runner-up in Denver, showing that consistency is as important as flash.
  • Kyle Korestky remains the ultimate example of "steady as she goes" as the Lucas Oil driver sits in third place despite reaching only one final round all season (a runner-up in Gainesville). He remained in third thanks to a trio of round-wins over the Swing, though his margin over his fourth-place pursuer shrank from 86 (over Dallas Glenn, entering the Swing) to 47 (over Greg Anderson, exiting the Swing).
  • A runner-up in Sonoma and a semifinal in Seattle lifted Greg Anderson past Dallas Glenn into fourth as Glenn won just two rounds over the three races.
  • Mason McGaha trod water in sixth place but now has Seattle winner Troy Coughlin Jr. breathing down his neck, just one point back in seventh. A semifinal in Denver and the Seattle win boosted Coughlin from 12th to fifth, making him the biggest position gainer of any class during the Swing.
  • Rookie Camrie Caruso dropped from seventh to eighth after winning just one round while Deric Kramer disastrously dropped three spots, going from eighth to outside the Top 10 in the 11th position after losing in the first round of all three events. The news got even worse for Kramer, who lost two qualifying runs in Seattle and thus lost his Countdown qualifying-run eligibility and will now have to earn his way in via points.
  • Matt Hartford started the Swing ninth, climbed to seventh with his Denver win, then dropped back to ninth after a first-round exit in Seattle. Bo Butner remained in 10th thanks to a pair of first-round wins in Denver and Sonoma.
  • Fernando Cuadra Jr., Cristian Cuadra, Chris McGaha, and Fernando Cuadra Jr. remained in double-digit spots, but all are scheduled to qualify for the Countdown based on meeting the qualifying-run requirements.

POINTS EARNED

Aaron Stanfield

266

Erica Enders

264

Troy Coughlin Jr.

252

Greg Anderson

217

Matt Hartford

181

Kyle Koretsky

161

Cristian Cuadra

143

Fernando Cuadra Jr.

140

Dallas Glenn

138

Bo Butner

138

Mason McGaha

137

Chris McGaha

131

Camrie Caruso

117

Deric Kramer

95

Fernando Cuadra Sr.

93

 

POSITION CHANGES OVER WESTERN SWING

POS.

DRIVER

+/-

1

Erica Enders

Even

2

Aaron Stanfield

Even

3

Kyle Koretsky

Even

4

Greg Anderson

+1

5

Dallas Glenn

-1

6

Mason McGaha

Even

7

Troy Coughlin Jr.

+5

8

Camrie Caruso

-1

9

Matt Hartford

Even

10

Bo Butner III

Even

11

Deric Kramer

-3

12

Fernando Cuadra Jr.

-1

13

Cristian Cuadra

Even

14

Chris McGaha

Even

15

Fernando Cuadra Sr.

Even

 

TOP WESTERN SWING POINTS EARNERS (all clases)

DRIVER

CLASS

POINTS

Robert Hight

FC

321

Bob Tasca III

FC

280

Brittany Force

TF

274

Aaron Stanfield

PS

266

Erica Enders

PS

264

Leah Pruett

TF

256

Troy Coughlin Jr.

PS

252

John Force

FC

249

Greg Anderson

PS

217

J.R. Todd

FC

199

Justin Ashley

TF

199

Shawn Langdon

TF

190

Mike Salinas

TF

187

Tony Schumacher

TF

182

Matt Hartford

PS

181

Josh Hart

TF

180

Alexis DeJoria

FC

169

Doug Kalitta

TF

165

Kyle Koretsky

PS

161

Steve Torrence

TF

150

Cristian Cuadra

PS

143

Fernando Cuadra Jr.

PS

140

Dallas Glenn

PS

138

Bo Butner

PS

138

Mason McGaha

PS

137

Chris McGaha

PS

131

Tim Wilkerson

FC

131

Ron Capps

FC

127

Cruz Pedregon

FC

125

Clay Millican

TF

121

Jim Campbell

FC

119

Camrie Caruso

PS

117

Matt Hagan

FC

114

Antron Brown

TF

99

Deric Kramer

PS

95

Blake Alexander

FC

89

Austin Prock

TF

89

Chad Green

FC

32