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Drag racing: Line slips into second place

Erica Enders-Stevens reclaimed the Pro Stock points lead with one race remaining by earning a major victory at the National Hot Rod Association Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Erica Enders-Stevens reclaimed the Pro Stock points lead with one race remaining by earning a major victory at the National Hot Rod Association Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Enders-Stevens powered her Royal Purple Chevy Camaro to a 6.587-second pass at 209.36 mph to defeat reigning world champ Jeg Coughlin in the final and move past Wright native Jason Line into first place by 17 points in the season points standings with one race remaining.
It was the fifth win of the season for Enders-Stevens and 11th of her career. She dominated at Las Vegas this season, also winning the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in March.
“I wanted to come in with a positive attitude,” said Enders-Stevens, who is trying to become the first female Pro Stock world champion in NHRA history. “When I walked in the gate on Thursday afternoon I had a good feeling. I was a nervous wreck in Reading. I’ve never felt that way in my racing career. I decided I was going to give it to God, keep the faith, do my best and let him do the rest. That quick mental change made everything run so much smoother today.”
Line, driver of the Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, entered the event with a 35-point advantage and reached the semifinals, falling to Enders-Stevens after a red-light start.
Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Del Worsham (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the penultimate playoff event.

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