GEICO Powersports pro Stoffer looking to ride high in Texas - 4/5/2010
Rob Geiger - Geiger Media

HOUSTON (April 5) -- Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Karen Stoffer doesn't know why she and the GEICO Powersports Suzuki team perform well at Houston Raceway Park, she just knows that they do.

"I've been asked about why we do well in Houston and have never been able to put my finger on it," said Stoffer, a winner at HRP in 2004 and 2005. "We did run our best ET ever there, at least before we set the national record last month in Gainesville, maybe that's part of it. I don't know; Gary (Stoffer, crew chief and husband) has just always been able to hit the tune-up there.

"Maybe it's the warmer weather we tend to get there or the great fans in Texas or Gary's good handle on the place. I just wish we could bottle whatever it is and take it with us to other tracks, that's for sure."

Stoffer said she hopes her GEICO Powersports Suzuki finds some consistency at the 23rd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals, which run from April 9-11, because the early season has been a roller-coaster ride so far.

In the first two Pro Stock Motorcycle events, Stoffer and her team took advantage of near perfect conditions in Gainesville to set a national record. Last time out in Charlotte, the team lost its way on the tune-up and struggled.

"We lost the recipe a little in Charlotte," Stoffer said. "Gary thinks he's got it back together. This is going to be a good test for us because we generally do well in Houston. It'll be a good place to test his theory so we can make sure this new larger (107cc) motor doesn't cause any new issues."

Stoffer said things went so well in Gainesville they may have been lulled into a false sense of security, despite working with an entirely new motor on the bike.

"Things did come easy for us and I guess we kind of thought it would be the same in Charlotte but it was obviously much more challenging there," said Stoffer, who lost in Round 1 at zMax Dragway. "We've looked at our videos, examined our data, and we think we found some areas where we went astray. We've got a gameplan to get it fixed."

Despite the ups and downs of 2010, Stoffer said she can't wait to hit the Houston track.

"I'm pretty pumped up despite the cycle of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows," she said. "The team has regrouped and we haven't let the setbacks get us down."

Qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals gets underway at 2:45 p.m. CDT Friday.

Stoffer went on to extend special thanks to all of the 2010 sponsors and supporters.
Geico Powersports 1-800-442-9253, Speed Dawg, Bates Leathers, Suzuki Extended Protection, Kymco, NGK, Airtech, Red Line Oil, and TKO Graphics.