Erica Enders-Stevens wins in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) Erica Enders-Stevens won the NHRA Toyota Nationals on Sunday to reclaim the Pro Stock points lead with one race remaining.
Enders-Stevens powered her Chevy Camaro to a 6.587-second pass at 209.36 mph to beat defending series champion Jeg Coughlin in the final. Enders-Stevens has five victories this year, also winning the March event in Las Vegas. She opened a 17-point lead over Jason Line, her semifinal opponent.
''I wanted to come in with a positive attitude,'' said Enders-Stevens, trying to become the first female Pro Stock champion. ''When I walked in the gate on Thursday afternoon I had a good feeling.''
Del Worsham won in Funny Car, Spencer Massey in Top Fuel, and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Worsham won for the first time since 2009, topping 16-time series champion John Force with a 4.06 at 318.39 in a Toyota Camry. The 65-year-old Force is second in the standings, 21 points behind Matt Hagan.
Massey raced to his third victory of the season, outrunning J.R. Todd in the final with a 3.756 at 330.88 in his Don Schumacher Racing dragster. It was Massey's 17th career victory and third at Las Vegas. He's second in the standings behind Tony Schumacher heading into the Nov. 13-16 finale in Pomona, California.
Hines beat Matt Smith with a 6.965 at 191.02 on a Harley-Davidson for his sixth victory of the season and 38th overall. He has a 92-point advantage in his bid for a fourth championship.