Stoffer leading the GEICO Powersports charge in Dallas DALLAS (Sept. 25) - It may not have been the No. 1 qualifying position she wanted, but for Karen Stoffer and the GEICO Powerports Suzuki, the No. 3 slot in Sunday's eliminations at the ...
Stoffer leading the GEICO Powersports charge in Dallas
DALLAS (Sept. 25) - It may not have been the No. 1 qualifying position she wanted, but for Karen Stoffer and the GEICO Powerports Suzuki, the No. 3 slot in Sunday's eliminations at the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Nationals is not a bad way to start the weekend.
"I did really want first and we had it," Stoffer said. "It got taken away from us and we didn't get it back. It's a little disenchanting, but it doesn't tarnish the effort everyone on the team made this weekend."
Morgan Lucas joined his GEICO Powersports teammate in Sunday's elimination field. Lucas put the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster 14th on the Top Fuel ladder.
Stoffer and Lucas had a long time to wait between rounds Saturday as rains swept over Texas Motorplex and settled in for a five-hour rain delay.
For Stoffer the drastic change in conditions weren't a concern despite the GEICO Powersports Suzuki showing an affinity for the hot weather.
"The boys are doing a great job of tuning the GEICO Powersports motorcycle in these kind of conditions," Stoffer said. "Tomorrow's conditions are going to be different from what we faced on Friday or Saturday.
"We've had two totally different days of conditions, and the guys have kept up perfectly to keep us at the top of the pack."
Stoffer had a best pass of 6.953 seconds at 192.41 mph. She will face teammate Jim Underdahl, who had a best pass of 7.034 at 198.92 mph, in Round 1.
"You've got to be in to win," Stoffer said. "It's one of our better qualifying efforts in recent times. We're excited the bike continues to go straight. The riding is good and I think we've got something for them."
Lucas had a best pass of 3.987 at 302.89 mph in the GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster. He said his team has really struggled this weekend with the shifting sands of the weather at Texas Motorplex during the last few days.
"We're feeling a little lost right now," Lucas said. "It's not the attitude we want to have. We've got a lot of progress to make, there's no joking about that."
For the second week in a row, Lucas squares off against Cory McClenathan, who had a best pass of 3.805 at 321.58 mph, in the first round. Lucas said that despite its issues this weekend, the possibility is still there for the team to upset the No. 2 man in the points and change the face of the Countdown.
"We've got to put some substance to that dream and achieve that goal," Lucas said. "That would be a huge accomplishment, and something we'd all be really excited about. It would probably feel like winning the race itself."
-source: powersports racing