Stoffer hopeful that home cooking agrees with her this time through - 10/25/2012
Rob Geiger - Geiger Media

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25) - GEICO Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer is pumped up about being able to compete in her home state of Nevada as the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series races at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend with the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals.

But Stoffer hopes she can shake the home-track blues that have plagued her at Las Vegas.

"There's always been little bugs for us here at this track," Stoffer said. "Sometimes people say, 'It's because you have a lot of people around,' but that's usually not the case. I consider all my Division 7 tracks - and there's quite a few of them on the circuit - home tracks. That's where we've been a lot, and that's where a lot of family goes to. I've done well at them - except for this one.

"This is just the 'bug' track. Since they built the new track, we haven't done that well here. It's time to turn that around."

Stoffer was born in Panorama City, Calif., but moved to the Lake Tahoe area of Nevada in 1993. The track in Sonoma, Calif., is actually closer to Stoffer's home but racing in Nevada still means a lot to the veteran rider.

"I try to keep every race the same, but you definitely realize the comfort level of it," Stoffer said. "You've been there so many times before, so it's definitely more comfortable when it's considered a home track. But I try and keep the same motivation, same feel, same focus at every single race."

Stoffer is two races removed from a final-round appearance at Dallas, and she hopes to cement her position in the top five in points at Vegas. She's won at least one round in all but two races in 2012 and continues to be the top Suzuki rider in the class.

One thing Stoffer won't do much of this weekend is gamble. Despite Las Vegas being in her home state, Stoffer doesn't spend much time in casinos any more.

"The funny thing is, I was much more into it when I lived in California," Stoffer said. "But when I moved to Nevada, it definitely went by the wayside. We don't do it much. We have guests or friends come up and gamble, but I'm not really much of a gambler."

Stoffer went on to extend special thanks to all of the 2012 sponsors and supporters.
Geico Powersports 1-800-442-9253, Suzuki Extended Protetion, Bates Leathers, KYMCOUSA, NGK, Airtech, Red Line Oil, American Racing Products, Mechanix Wear Gloves, and TKO Graphics.