Stoffer Enters St. Louis With a Better Bike - 4/29/2009

GEICO Powersports Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Karen Stoffer continues her championship chase with a much-improved motorcycle at this weekend's O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals from St. Louis, MO.

At the tour's last stop in Atlanta, Ga., Stoffer qualified fourth and picked up a first round victory over Angie McBride. Not only did she improve one position in the Full Throttle Points Series, to eighth, the team improved its motorcycle as well.

In St. Louis Stoffer is hoping to cut her best lights of the season now that the team has uncovered a mechanical problem that was to blame for starting line inconsistency.

"I have a great crew and I'm really proud of them for getting to the bottom of our mystery," Stoffer said. "I'm very excited to put these changes to use."

Stoffer will need those quick starts at Gateway International Raceway - a track that has been difficult for many Suzuki racers in recent history.

"It's been a tough track for us in the past," Stoffer said. "Usually the temperature and the barometer favor the V-Twins. It's going to be important for us to have good reaction times all-weekend-long."

"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

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.