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Inaugural PRO Superstar Shootout Success Catches the Drag Racing World by Surprise

Erica Enders has made her story known as a formidable pro stock champion in NHRA. (Photo: Allen Saucier)

Erica Enders had a successful PRO Superstar Shootout weekend at Bradenton Motorsports Park. (Photo: Allen Saucier)

BRADENTON, Fla. — Needless to say, the inaugural PRO Superstar Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park was nothing short of successful. It is safe to say that the event lived up to its expectations and then some.

With history making runs and huge upsets, the stars of the show put on an event worth every penny. That is what happens when the stakes are high.

On Friday, Bob Tasca III made a record breaking 339.87 MPH pass. Then, Tasca later  surprised the world of drag racing with an astonishing  341.68 MPH pass, the fastest recorded pass in history.

In addition to record breaking passes, there were also upsets in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock during Saturday Night’s PRO Superstar Shootout Finals.

Reigning NHRA champion Erica Enders and Dave Connolly went head-to-head in the final round of Pro Stock for a shot at $125K. Enders ended up taking it to the bank with a 6.531 at 210 MPH. In an upset final round, Rookie Austin Prock who is filling in for Robert Hight while he is out on medical leave, takes the win over reigning NHRA Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan for $250K.

Prock ran an astonishing 3.845 at 332 MPH over Hagan’s 3.872 at 329 MPH. In Top Fuel, reigning NHRA champion, Doug Kalitta takes the win over Clay Millican PRO with a 3.706 at 325 MPH for $250K in prize money as well. Enders, Prock and Millican were all qualified number one at the event.

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