Erica Enders has become the first woman to ever win the Pro Stock class at an NHRA national event. Yet another gender barrier has been broken in professional drag racing! According to the stat sheets, Enders becomes the 55th person to ever win in NHRA Pro Stock, which is a pretty amazing thing when one considers how many NHRA national events have seen the class contested since 1970 when Pro Stock became an official NHRA eliminator. Taking into account the years on end that the class was dominated by singular people like Glidden, Johnson, Anderson/Line, etc, it makes more sense.
Pro Stock was the last NHRA professional category that had not been won by a female driver. Shirley Muldowney was a champion Top Fuel racer, Ashley Force was the first woman to record a win in a Nitro Funny Car, women have won in Pro Stock Motorcycle for years, and now Pro Stock joins the group.
Congratulations to Enders who ranks as the most famous graduate of the junior dragster program that tens of thousands of kids participate in at drag strips across the country each weekend. When announcers say that these kids are tomorrow’s NHRA champions, they’re right and Enders is proof positive.
Congratulations to Erica Enders and her entire team on this historic win at the NHRA O’Reilly RT 66 Nationals in Joliet!