Erica Enders continues to reach new levels and make more history on her path to becoming one of the most successful drivers in NHRA history .
Last year concluded another brilliant part of her remarkable career , claiming a fourth Pro Stock world title , an accomplishment that gives her more world titles than any female in NHRA history . The start to her 2021 season has been bumpy , but she did claim her 30th career victory in her 300th start , winning in Las Vegas , the same place she clinched her 2020 world title .
It ’ s a track she has dominated in her stellar career , with her triumph a year ago at the NHRA World Finals leading to an incredibly telling quote . “ I am a lucky girl to live the life I do ,” Enders said . On and off the track , Enders is a role model for all , and especially the younger fans , and it ’ s a responsibility she takes seriously and has performed almost flawlessly .
Her star power is at an all-time high regardless of how you measure it – though a tweet from former President Donald Trump is one way to judge it – and it doesn ’ t appear to be slowing down . Through it all , Enders ’ humble nature has been evident . While her driving talents put her in the upper echelon of anyone who ’ s ever stomped on a pedal in a Pro Stock car , Enders knows the value of spreading the praise .
“ I speak so highly of these guys , I mean it from the bottom of my heart ,” Enders said after her world championship victory in Las Vegas . “ I couldn ’ t do it without my team . All of these guys on this team , they give their lives to this . I could not be more proud . I ’ m so blessed and happy right now . I love this life I get to live .” DI
ERICA ENDERS REACHING NEW LEVELS
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