Karen Stoffer Joliet Saturday Report

Route 66 Raceway

Stoffer one of the few to make four good runs in qualifying

The Midwestern heat and humidity that descended on Route 66 Raceway wreaked havoc with Pro Stock Motorcycle tuners trying to get their bikes ready for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Route 66 Nationals.

Karen Stoffer
Karen Stoffer

Photo by: Glenn F. Katauskas

Karen Stoffer and her GEICO Suzuki team did an admirable job in the conditions, and Stoffer managed four solid passes. In the end, she qualified No. 2 with a run 6.979 seconds at 190.51 mph and will face Justin Finley in Sunday's first round of eliminations.

Stoffer, though, wanted all four runs to be a little better, a little more consistent.

"They were four good runs, but they weren't exactly the four runs we wanted," Stoffer said. "We've been pretty consistent all year, and we were a little off this weekend. The heat was tricky for us. Plus, we had to scrub in a new tire – something we didn't plan on doing. We had to throw some changes at it, and the weather was a challenge."

Weather conditions were different for all four runs. Despite the qualifying sessions being run at the same time both days, temperatures were higher on Saturday. That made the tune-up different for all four runs – and it will be different for Sunday's eliminations.

Still, Stoffer has high hopes for her first victory of what has been a solid season.

"We're going into tomorrow pretty confident," Stoffer said. "We've got that No. 2 spot, and we know the changes that we made are going to be fine tomorrow. I'm glad we got to have four good passes. It's much more than we got in Norwalk. They were good and straight, and tomorrow we're going to have the day of consistency we want."

Stoffer has qualified fourth or higher in all six races this season and has won at least two rounds in all but one event. She's second in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings heading into Sunday's race.

By: powersports racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Karen Stoffer , Justin Finley
Tags chicago, joliet, nhra, powersports, pro stock motorcycle, route 66 raceway, stoffer