Stoffer's steely resolve should serve her well in NHRA playoffs - 9/12/2012
Rob Geiger - Geiger Media

CHARLOTTE (Sept. 12) - The Countdown to the Championship begins with this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway, but some riders just aren't be fazed by the pressure of the NHRA playoffs.

GEICO Suzuki's Karen Stoffer, a veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor, is definitely one of the riders that won't be bothered by the postseason buzz surrounding the class.

"We just have to race like it's not the Countdown," Stoffer said. "We have to race our race, keep our head high and keep focused on making the bike perform at the best it possible can every single round. We'll do that in qualifying, and we'll do that on race day. We don't hold anything back."

Stoffer is fifth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings, but thanks to the points being reset, she's now only 50 points out of the lead.

"We've been consistently up in the top ranks," Stoffer said. "We've been consistently mid-pack, fifth or sixth. That's how we'll attack this Countdown."

Stoffer has won at least one round in nine of the 10 races in 2012, including two semifinal appearances. She's ready to step up her game and continue a solid season of riding.

"I think I've learned a lot over the last two years," Stoffer said. "We had some issues with red lights previously. If you look at my stats, we haven't done that at all. My lights are pretty much in the .020s on race day. That's where it's been this year."

Stoffer knows it's an uphill battle against the category's best, but the GEICO team, led by crew chief Gary Stoffer, is ready for the challenge.

"Gary's going to scour over all the notes he has and try and get another 6.90 or better bike for Charlotte," Stoffer said. "From a riding standpoint, a race track's a race track. (Charlotte's) got asphalt, it's got a good surface, it's got a good shutdown area, it's got a beautiful pit area and a nice facility."

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.