Pro Stock Standout Erica Enders Wins NHRA Four-Wide Nationals For Second Year In A Row

Pro Stock Standout Erica Enders Wins NHRA Four-Wide Nationals For Second Year In A Row

LAS VEGAS (April 3, 2022) – For the second year in a row, Pro Stock pilot Erica Enders emerged victorious today at the 22nd Annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. With nine wins at the facility, she now holds the record for most wins at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a distinction formerly held by NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher, who has eight wins to his name.

The four-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion was consistently powerful throughout the day in her Elite Motorsports Melling Performance Chevrolet Camaro as she faced her opponents in the nontraditional four-wide format to capture her second Wally of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.

Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals

Stellar driving and precision tuning led the way to the winner’s circle as Enders secured the 35th Pro Stock win of her career. The fan-favorite started the day from the No. 4 qualifier position with a pass of 6.664 seconds at 206.01 MPH. Coming off of a holeshot loss in Gainesville while setting a world record, she admitted that her confidence was wavering before she made her way up to the starting line this morning.

“Going up there in the first round I wasn’t stellar on the tree but thankfully Mark Ingersoll (Crew Chief) and the guys had my car tuned up and we were able to finish second in that quad getting into the next round,” said Enders. “They have my Melling Performance hot rod tuned up for sure.”

In the first round of eliminations, Enders faced teammates Troy Coughlin Jr. and Fernando Cuadra Jr. as well as No. 13 qualifier Steve Graham. She and Troy Coughlin Jr. advanced to the second round of eliminations where they faced off against teammates Aaron Stanfield and Christian Cuadra in an all-Elite Motorsports quad. Notably, C. Cuadra raced his way into the second round of eliminations with a triple holeshot with a killer reaction time of .001, a feat that’s only occurred once before in the history of the sport.

Enders and C. Cuadra went to the final round with passes of 6.684 at 206.13 and 6.700 ET at 204.29, respectively.

In the final four-wide lineup of the day, Enders once again faced teammate C. Cuadra as well as Mason McGaha and 2021 Rookie Of The Year, Dallas Glenn. She defeated all opponents with a solid run of 6.668 at 206.32 MPH. C. Cuadra was the Runner-Up of the final quad with a pass of 6.702 at 196.13.

Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals

Reflecting on her record-setting number of wins at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Enders said, “Vegas has always been good to me even when I haven’t been good out there. We’ve still been able to turn on win lights consistently and it definitely means a lot to me.”

The back windshield of the Elite Motorsports Melling Performance Pro Stock car carried a special tribute to Pro Mod racer Scotty Oksas who passed away unexpectedly on March 28.

“He was a really big part of our Elite family. He was just a happy-go-lucky guy who would light up every room he walked in. I know that sounds cliche but the world’s going to be a darker place without Scotty. We have a greaseboard in our trailer that usually has things to do on it. All that was on there this weekend was, ‘Win Vegas for Scotty O,’ and I’m really thankful to have done just that. He was riding along with us this weekend and this one’s for the Oksas family.”

Next up, Enders will visit her hometown track in Houston for the NHRA SpringNationals April 22-24, which will be the final NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series event ever held at Houston Raceway Park.

CHE Precision Inc. Selected as Official High-Performance Valve Train Component Supplier for Ron Capps Motorsports

Ron Capps’ championship-winning crew chiefs Dean ‘Guido’ Antonelli and John Medlen are highly-regarded as among the ‘best of the best in the world of NHRA Drag Racing, and as they work alongside the new team owner/driver to assemble the recently-launched Ron Capps Motorsports operation, they are intent on being ultra-selective when it comes to choosing performance partners. Today, the team is pleased to announce that it has added CHE Precision Inc. to its growing list of backers, with the Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based manufacturer joining RCM as the ‘official high-performance valve train component supplier’ of Capps’ 11,000-horsepower NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car.

The Antonelli/Medlen brain trust has relied on CHE Precision Inc. valve train components for twenty years and credits their high-quality products for helping them to win races and championships. As they embark on this new chapter with Capps as he ventures into the world of team ownership, they have the unique advantage of being able to hand-select which companies they would like to work with as they help to refine Capps’ new Funny Car team.

“Valvetrain components are crucial elements of any high-performance engine, let alone a nitromethane-burning fuel engine” explained Antonelli, a key player in the NAPA AUTO PARTS team’s 2021 NHRA Camping World Series championship campaign. “If you have anything fail in the valve train, it usually results in an explosion so it’s of the utmost importance to use the highest-quality, most-refined machined components available. John Medlen and I have worked with CHE and its staff for decades. We both have machining backgrounds, so we understand the importance of securing the best components.”

“The fans see it on the race track, but I’ve been around this sport long enough to know that the success starts with all of the hard work that our team puts in at the shop and the late nights in the machine shop, planning how to get better,” said Capps of the behind-the-scenes dedication that translates into finishing in the winner’s circle on Sundays. “I couldn’t imagine going to the starting line without the support and the components from CHE. There are reasons you win championships, and they’re a major part of that, and I’m thrilled they will be joining our team in 2022.”

While CHE Precision Inc. is a well-known name throughout the pits, with most of the top-ranked teams having relied on their products for many years, 2022 will mark the first time their NHRA involvement will be in the form of official sponsorship of a nitro team. CHE will be along for the ride as the reigning Funny Car world champions attempt to go back-to-back in capturing consecutive titles, with Capps pursuing his third overall (2016, 2021), and first as a team owner.

“We’ve been a fixture in the NHRA pro pits for many years, but more as a behind-the-scenes supporter,” explained Charlie Holguin, owner of CHE Precision Inc. “This will be our first time joining one of the nitro teams in an official capacity, and who better to do that with than Ron Capps and the NAPA team, the defending champions. We’re a family-owned company that is built on strong relationships, and we know that Ron, ‘Guido,’ and John Medlen share those same values. CHE has been in business for over 35 years, and we look forward to playing a key role in the success of Ron Capps Motorsports in its debut season and beyond, and are already looking toward the future as to how we can continue to grow with what is sure to be a powerhouse organization in the drag racing industry.”

About Ron Capps Motorsports
Established in 2021, Ron Capps Motorsports is a single-car NHRA Funny Car team owned and operated by reigning and two-time world champion Ron Capps. Headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., the team will make its on-track debut in 2022 and will compete on the 22-race NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series circuit thanks to the support of NAPA AUTO PARTS.

Capps, who serves as both the owner and driver of his namesake operation, is the second-winningest Funny Car pilot in NHRA history with 67 wins in the category, and 68 overall (1 Top Fuel). The 2022 NHRA season marks Capps’ 28th year competing in the sport’s professional ranks.

For more information, follow @RonCapps28 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Elite Motorsports and CHE Precision Inc. sign multi-year deal for Race Team and Elite Performance Engine Shop for 2022 and beyond

Wynnewood, OK

Elite Motorsports and CHE Precision Inc. sign multi-year deal for Race Team and Elite Performance Engine Shop for
2022 and beyond.

Pro Stock World Champion Mega Team, Elite Motorsports, and the power behind it, Elite Performance Engine Shop
have linked up with long-standing industry leaders, CHE Precision Inc. for the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag
Racing Series.

“CHE Precision Inc. is a family-owned company built on hard work and strong partnerships and we are excited to
announce our new partnership with Elite Motorsports and Erica Enders Racing in 2022,” said Rochén Holguin,
Business Development and wife of the owner of CHE. “We look forward to supplying the team with the best high
performance valve train components on the market and spending time building a relationship on and off the track with
great people like the Enders, and the Freemans.

CHE Performance Inc. has 50 plus years in motorsports; from building racing engines to the operation of successful
race teams, and will bring so much experience and expertise to the already stacked Elite team with their own line of
precision valve train components. They are committed to producing high-quality parts more than ever as they involve
themselves with World Champion teams like Elite.

The partnership will not stop with a Major Associate sponsor on the house car driven by 4X NHRA Pro Stock World
Champion, Erica Enders. Elite Motorsports is the home to 4+ other full-time, touring Pro Stock Cars with countless
customers relying on the quality of parts and partners out of the Elite Performance shop.

“We can talk about the on-track, and in-shop success we plan to have, but as a lot of people know, what is more
special than wins in the racing industry is the people,” said Holguin. “The collaboration of incredible people in this
partnership is the icing on the cake. We are so excited to get to know the Enders, Freemans, and all of their teams
and customers as we grow this relationship.

“It takes a lot to make the wheels go ’round on this program, Richard Freeman of Elite Motorsports said. “We have a
handful of cars competing out of our stable next year as well as a long list of successful customers that rely on our
performance and partnerships here at Elite Motorsport and Elite Performance. Getting together with Roe and Charlie
will do nothing but elevate this program. Here at Elite, we strive for the best and settle for nothing less and that is
exactly what we are getting here with the folks at CHE. We look forward to a long-lasting and ever-growing
relationship that starts with a bang in 2022.”

Elite Motorsports competes in the NHRA Camping World Series with 18 stops along the tour of the US. For more
information on the series and to find a full schedule for the series that starts mid-February, visit www.nhra.com.

For more information on CHE Precision Inc., visit www.cheprecision.com

For more information on Elite Motorsport, visit www.elitemotorsportsllc.com

For more information on the team, contact Courtney Enders – courtney@elitehp.com

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