Karen Stoffer looks for record runs at Reading

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Record-setting runs on second-place rider Stoffer's mind

Karen Stoffer
Karen Stoffer

Photo by: Ted Rossino

READING, Pa. (Sept. 29) – GEICO Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer believes national records in Pro Stock Motorcycle could come tumbling down in this weekend's Auto-Select NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Usually, the cooler weather and agreeable atmospheric conditions in Reading are ideal for high speeds and quick elapsed times. Stoffer hopes the GEICO team, led by crew chief/husband Gary Stoffer, can capitalize on the good conditions to be a part of the chase for a national elapsed time record, worth 20 bonus points.

"Gainesville, Sonoma and Reading have always been the ones where people try to set records because of all the oxygen in the trees around there, and generally, there tends to be cooler temperatures," Stoffer said. "It can be a fast track. Gary's a good tuner, and he's exceptional in the cool weather."

Stoffer was pretty good in the cool weather in Charlotte two races ago, qualifying third and reaching the final round. That was her fifth final of 2011 in what has become a career season for the GEICO team.

After reaching the second round last week in Dallas, Stoffer is second in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings, 63 out of the lead. And her approach to the Countdown to the Championship, which reaches the halfway point in Reading, is no different than other races this season.

"Right now, I've just got to get confident in my Christmas Tree and not think about things like that," Stoffer said. "That's what it's going to take. I know they'll figure out what slowed down the bike in Dallas and get it to where we can have consistency again.

"It's the whole package: It's me being in the right mindset, it's the bike being consistent. I can't think about the championship and points. I've got to think about each individual pass and making rounds. That's what it comes down to."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Karen Stoffer
Tags maple grove, stoffer, suzuki