By Powersports Racing
Championship points leader Stoffer still walking the walk in Norwalk
GEICO Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer continued her excellent 2011 season in Pro Stock Motorcycle on Saturday, qualifying fourth for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.
Stoffer qualified No. 4 with a pass of 6.922 seconds at 193.85 mph, yet another solid qualifying effort for the Nevada resident.
Stoffer heads into Sunday's eliminations as the points leader in Pro Stock Motorcycle, having qualified fourth or better in all five races this season and winning at least two rounds in each of the four national events in 2011.
The entire class was thrown a curveball at Norwalk after rain wiped out Friday's two scheduled qualifying runs. That meant the Pro Stock Motorcycle teams had only two qualifying sessions Saturday to get their bikes working.
"The GEICO bike, it was challenging because we only had two passes, so you've got to make the best out of those two passes," Stoffer said. "The first one was a decent pass. The second one, I think I bobbled a little bit there, and we probably could've gone a little bit quicker. I don't know that we could've gone faster than the first .92, but we've definitely got something in the bank for tomorrow."
Stoffer faces No. 13 qualifier Jim Underdahl in Sunday's first round of eliminations, which are slated to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern.
"I don't know what the conditions are going to be like," Stoffer said. "The conditions here change day to day, hour to hour. We had rain yesterday, we had somewhat decent conditions today. Tomorrow, who knows what we're going to get. Sounds like it's going to be hot.
"We're just going to tune the bike the way we have been, and I'm going to ride the bike they way I have been. Hopefully, we'll go four passes like we always want to do on Sunday."