Sonoma: Karen Stoffer preview

Current national record holder Stoffer expecting another fast weekend in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (July 12) -- Karen Stoffer got her 2010 season off to a phenomenal start when she rode her GEICO Powersports Suzuki to a 6.847-second quarter-mile...

Current national record holder Stoffer expecting another fast weekend in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (July 12) -- Karen Stoffer got her 2010 season off to a phenomenal start when she rode her GEICO Powersports Suzuki to a 6.847-second quarter-mile pass in Gainesville, Fla., to set the national record in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Heading into this weekend's 24th annual Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway, Stoffer says it might be time to do it again.

"Infineon Raceway is usually a very fast track and Gary (Stoffer, husband and crew chief) always does well when we're at the faster tracks," Stoffer said. "We set the national record in Gainesville when the conditions were really good and if it sets up right in Sonoma we'll probably see all the top teams taking shots at another record. We should be right there with them. We'll just have to see how good it gets."

Stoffer is rested and ready for a second-half surge on her yellow and black machine, and now that all the Suzuki riders in the class have had half a season to adjust to the larger powerplants they've been afforded by the NHRA rules makers, she expects to close the gap on the category-leading Buells and Harley-Davidsons.

"It's time to make a move," she said. "I think we're very close to having this thing figured out. After our quick start we were on top of the world but we've fallen into an adjustment period since Gainesville. We definitely want to step it up across the board."

A resident of Minden, Nev., Stoffer says the friendly and familiar confines of the Wine Country have her excited about this event.

"It's about a four-hour drive to Infineon so it's pretty much a second home track for us," Stoffer said. "When we're there it really feels like a nice blend of Nevada and California, the two states Gary and I are from, so we're as comfortable there as we are at home.

"Growing up and racing in Division 7 we know everyone at the track and we know most of the racers in the pro and the sportsman pits. Then you add in the fact we always seem to do well in Sonoma and you have a track where I really like to ride."

Having a rabid fan base also pumps up the competitors.

"The fan support in northern California is phenomenal," Stoffer said. "The front office people shared with us that since they added the bikes to this race the sales have increased exponentially. They attribute 100 percent of that directly to the fan support for Pro Stock Motorcycle. When you pull in the gates and see that whole hillside filled with bikes you know these are your kind of people. It's a really neat deal for all of us."

-source: karen stoffer racing

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