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Rookie Drew Skillman defeated Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points leader Erica Enders on Sunday to take the Pro Stock championship at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals.
Here is the NHRA’s congratulatory tweet:
Rookie @drew_skillman earns his first PS career win taking down @erica_enders in the final. RT to congratulate! pic.twitter.com/3qkbNVRfYl
— #NHRA (@NHRA) September 27, 2015
Enders has been close to unbeatable as of late, winning the last three events of the series as the season nears its finale in mid-November.
Here’s a look at the times and results of the final race:
While Enders had the quicker reaction time, shaking from her tires on the start saw her veer toward the center line before she clicked it off as Skillman flew down the track unopposed for the win.
In his red Chevy Camaro, Skillman started his day with an easy win over V. Gaines, followed by a .045-second victory against Deric Kramer. He made it to the finals on the early start from Allen Johnson, who clicked it off moments after passing the tree.
Enders sped her way into the finals pretty easily as well, never trailing in the process. In the first elimination round against Alex Laughlin, she hit a top speed of 210.87 mph, winning by .29 seconds. Giving up lane choice to Vincent Nobile in the quarterfinals, Enders used a perfect start to win by .04 seconds—or approximately 19 feet. She now improves to 9-3 all time against Nobile.
Things got even closer for her in the semifinals against Bo Butner, whom she has never lost to in two prior meetings. It was another near perfect start for Enders, and she needed it, edging Butner by .004 seconds.
NHRA announcer Alan Reinhart seemed to be in awe of Enders’ recent performances, per Competition Plus:
“I don’t know what she’s doing but she’s doing it better than anyone in a long time.” – Alan Reinhart . @erica_enders #MidwestNats #nhra
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) September 27, 2015
But Skillman just happened to have the better race Sunday, and he received a big points boost to his ninth-place standing.
The NHRA is off to Reading, Pennsylvania, next for the Keystone Nationals as only four more events remain in the season.
Stats courtesy of NHRA.com