Las Vegas II: Powersports Racing Saturday report

Stoffer looking good at home race LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30) -- Karen Stoffer is taking full advantage of her home race. Stoffer, who lives near Reno, Nev., put on a show Saturday for the sizable contingent of friends and family who have gathered to...

Stoffer looking good at home race

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30) -- Karen Stoffer is taking full advantage of her home race.

Stoffer, who lives near Reno, Nev., put on a show Saturday for the sizable contingent of friends and family who have gathered to watch herget the GEICO Powersports Suzuki into the No. 3 spot in the field for Sunday's eliminations at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

"We're excited about everything right now," Stoffer said. "The bike went straight, had good passes and the tuneup is good."

Stoffer's best qualifying run was a 6.950 second pass at 193.13 mph and she faces Steve Johnson, who qualified 14th in the first round Sunday's eliminations. Johnson had a best pass of 7.062 at 190.51 mph.

"We had four good runs that all went in the right direction," Stoffer said. "We started out slow, even though we were at the top of the sheet and improved. It was a like a bracket bike those last two passes.

"We're trying different things to try and prepare for next year."

After having a season that has been hit-and-miss, Stoffer said a victory at her own back yard would be great.

"Sunday is a different day," Stoffer said. "I'm really proud of the team right now. Right now, I don't think I'd care if I were by myself in the desert of with a bunch of friends -- we just want to win. Turning the win light on four times would mean so much to this team."

GEICO Powersports' Top Fuel driver Morgan Lucas and new crew chief Dickie Venables continued to get acclimated, but we're unable to bump their way into the field.

In his final qualifying attempt, Lucas tried his best to get into the field. However, some tire shake loosened a fuel line, and when Lucas pedaled the car it knocked the line loose causing a spectacular fire an explosion.

"It started shaking really bad and I tried to hit it once and limp my way into the field," Lucas said. "I think I wanted it way too bad, and just got in way over my head."

"It's just disappointing for GEICO and everyone here from Lucas Oil. We wanted to have a good weekend for them and we're just dejected right now. We've got all day tomorrow to get it back in shape for testing on Monday."

It was the first time since 2008 that Lucas has failed to qualify for a race. His best pass was a 4.106 second pass at 286.19 mph.

-source: powersports racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Karen Stoffer , Morgan Lucas , Steve Johnson