Stoffer Moves Up in Points in Norwalk - 6/29/2009

For the second consecutive NHRA event, Karen Stoffer qualified her GEICO Powersports Suzuki in the top-half of the field and scored a valuable opening-round victory in the hotly-contested Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Stoffer's success at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals from Norwalk, Ohio, June 25-28, advanced her one position, to No. 9, in the Full Throttle Points Series.

"Norwalk is a tricky track to tune for," Stoffer said. "It's relatively new to the circuit and we don't have a lot of data on it. I give my team a lot of credit for really stepping up this weekend."

After qualifying in the No. 6 spot, Stoffer went head-to-head with the tour's most recent winner Craig Treble. With both competitors having solid roots in the bracket racing community, races between Stoffer and Treble often come down to reaction time.

Stoffer was able to get out first with a stellar .016 to Treble's .035. Stoffer held the lead to the finish line with a 7.08 to Treble's 7.13.

"Craig is always tough," Stoffer said. "I knew I had to be on my game on the starting line to get past him. There are no easy wins out here."

In round No. 2 Stoffer's day was ended by a Harley-Davidson V-Rod-mounted Eddie Krawiec, who ran 7.01 to Stoffer's 7.10. Krawiec went on to finish runner-up, after losing to his teammate Andrew Hines in the all-Harley final.

"The bigger V-Twin motors were working really well in Norwalk," Stoffer said. "They seemed to have the edge here, but we have proven this season that a Suzuki can run with them if we get the tune-up just right. We are all looking forward to our next opportunity."

Stoffer's next chance will come at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals from Denver, Colo., July 10-12.

Stoffer went on to extend special thanks to all of her sponsors and supporters.

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