Stoffer seeks to lock up career best season with strong Sunday ride - 11/10/2012
Rob Geiger - Geiger Media
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10) - Karen Stoffer starts her final ride aboard the GEICO Suzuki from the No. 10 qualifying spot, and she has every intention of taking GEICO to victory lane in the NHRA Finals on Sunday.
Stoffer snared the No. 10 spot with a top pass of 6.907 seconds at 192.41 mph and will face No. 7 qualifier Hector Arana Sr., in the first round of eliminations Sunday. Arana Sr.'s best lap was 6.891 seconds at 193.52 mph.
"It's definitely the last race for GEICO and potentially the last race in my career on a Pro Stock bike," Stoffer said. "I'm going to have fun with it, make the most of it, do what we can do and maintain what we've been doing all year: Race on Sunday."
The veteran Stoffer ends her nine-year relationship with GEICO in the final NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle race of the season.
"Most people are coming by and asking what my plans are for next year," Stoffer said of her many fans. "That's probably the first question of everybody's mouth. I tell everybody the same thing: I wish I could tell you I've got something, but we don't. We have to work hard, and we're going to try and be out here. But as of right now, we have nothing to come out with next year."
For now, though, Stoffer is focused on ending the season on a strong note. She's hoping to maintain her fifth-place position in the point standings, which would be a career-best. Stoffer has won at least one round in 13 of 15 races this year and wants to continue that performance Sunday.
Stoffer actually made two 6.907-second passes to grab her qualifying spot. She and crew chief Gary Stoffer were going for a better run in the final qualifying session but a mechanical failure thwarted her attempt.
"We were hoping for that pass," Stoffer said. "We tried something pretty drastic. The bike was running slower than we want, and we didn't quite have the tuneup nailed down, so we tried something pretty radical to see if we could get that tuneup."
"It was just one of those things that bit us at the wrong time. But we've been on the bottom half and fought our way and did well before. We'll try and do it again on Sunday."
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.