Second-place starting slot suits Stoffer well
GEICO Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer has qualified No. 2 four times during the 2011 Pro Stock Motorcycle season. She's won at least one round in all four of those races, reaching the finals twice and the semifinals once.
Stoffer qualified No. 2 again, this time at Bandimere Speedway for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. She went 7.245 seconds at 184.65 mph in the Denver altitude and will face Shawn Gann in the first round of Sunday's eliminations.
"The bike has been great to us here in Denver," Stoffer said. "We love being here, and the fans are great. We are standing in second right now, and second has been really good to us this year. It’s a good position to be in going into tomorrow."
Stoffer and the GEICO team made improvements through the weekend. After not making down the track in the first qualifying session, Stoffer stood 15th after Q2, meaning she needed to made it in the PSM field in Saturday's final two qualifying runs because only the top 12 passes carry over after the first day.
Stoffer and the GEICO team withstood the pressure, as she vaulted to No. 2 in Saturday's first qualifying run, Q3. In Q4, Stoffer made a solid pass of 7.277 at 183.42 mph.
"I felt great about both my runs today," Stoffer said. "They were definitely better than yesterday."
Stoffer, second in the Pro Stock bike points standings, hopes to win a few rounds on Sunday – and maybe win all four rounds.
"Our biggest challenge tomorrow will be the heat and just making sure the bike is running well again," Stoffer said. "We had a little oil leak on Friday but everything is looking good now. Being in this elevation, we have had to do a lot of work to the bike to get it just right for the elevation, but I’m excited for tomorrow and am hoping for that big win here in Denver."
By: powersports racing