Stoffer Moves Up in Points in Atlanta

Karen Stoffer advanced one position, to eighth, in the NHRA Full Throttle points series with a solid performance on her GEICO Powersports Suzuki at the Summit Racing Southern Nationals from Atlanta, Ga., April 16-19.

The team got off to an auspicious start to the event as it uncovered a mechanical problem Stoffer believes was hindering her reaction times for several races.

"We had an epiphany. We found a problem we believe was causing us some red lights," Stoffer said. "It was something we did to the bike two years ago, and we finally figured it out. I'm confident I can get my lights back to what they were when we first started racing. It's nice to know that the problem we were having wasn't just the rider."

Stoffer qualified in the No. 4 spot with a run of 6.91 at 193 mph.

"We were pleased with the qualifying results. We battled our way through some issues but still ended up with some pretty good runs," Stoffer said. "We've proven we've got some fast motors."

In the opening round of eliminations Stoffer recorded a 6.94 to get past the 6.95 of Buell rider Angie McBride. The margin of victory was .0015 or approximately five inches.

"That's one of those races that are fun no matter if you win or lose. Obviously you always want to win, but when it's that close it's a thrill," Stoffer said. "I saw her almost the whole way down the track until I hit fifth gear and pulled away. The whole time I was just thinking I hope the tune-up is right on this bike so we can get around her.".

In round No. 2 Stoffer slowed to a 7.03 and was defeated by Doug Horne's 6.95.

For Stoffer the weekend in Atlanta included a ton of excitement off the track as well.

Stoffer threw out the first pitch at the Atlanta Braves April 16th game at Turner Field.

"That was a lot of fun. It was an action-packed exciting weekend," Stoffer said.

Also Stoffer witnessed the national television debut of the new GEICO Powersports commercial, which features Stoffer and teammate Top Fuel Dragster racer Morgan Lucas.

"We filmed it back in Valdosta in March and I couldn't wait to see the final result," Stoffer said. "We ended up pulling an all-nighter so they could get some really cool shots in the dark

Next up for Stoffer is the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals from Madison, Ill., May 1-3.
Stoffer went on to extend special thanks to all of the 2009 sponsors and supporters.

Geico Powersports 1-800-442-9253, Speed Dawg, Bates Leathers, Suzuki Extended Protection, Kymco, NGK, Airtech, Wrath Motorsports and TKO Graphics.