Stoffer and GEICO Suzuki qualify eighth on U.S. Nationals ladder - 9/8/2012
Rob Geiger - Geiger Media
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 8) - Karen Stoffer's GEICO Suzuki is winning the consistency game at the 58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Stoffer qualified No. 8 in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a pass of 6.941 seconds at 192.19 mph, but her three other qualifying passes - including two last weekend before the U.S. Nationals were postponed because of rain - were within six-hundredths of a second.
"It's a bracket bike," Stoffer said. "Today, we qualified eighth, and normally our spot is five or six. We're still the fastest Suzuki, and were sitting in the No. 8 spot, so what does that tell you? The other Buells are finally figuring out what the Aranas were doing before.
"It's definitely going to be a challenging season because we're maxed out. We're consistently doing well on our GEICO Suzuki, but the way the rules are, we just don't have enough to out-power those big V-motors on the other side."
Stoffer's other passes were all in the 6.9-second range: 6.989 in the first qualifying session, 6.993 in Q2 and 6.955 in the final session.
She will face Chip Ellis in the first round of eliminations Sunday. Ellis qualified No. 9 with a pass of 6.971 seconds at 190.06 mph. She's won at least one round in eight of the nine races this season.
"We'll do our best on Sunday," Stoffer said. "We're eighth, so we'll be out first. We're racing Chip, and it'll be a good race. He's a good friend, and we're going to put on a good show. He's on one of those big V-motors, too. We'll make the best of it tomorrow, have fun, and out-race him."
Stoffer is confident of a solid showing Sunday as she guns for her seventh career victory.
"You've got to race," Stoffer said." That's what happens on Sundays. Anything can happen on race day. We have a disadvantage because of the horsepower issue, but we're going to go do our job, do what we've been doing consistently. We'll go as far as we can.
"You never know what could happen. There could be Tree issues, something could break on the bike. We'll go have fun, do what we do and go as many rounds as we can on this GEICO Suzuki."
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.