Lucas Oil Racing press release
Stoffer's GEICO Suzuki running like a 'bracket bike'
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24) – Karen Stoffer and the GEICO Suzuki team have been so consistently fast lately that they were disappointed with a pass of 6.908-second pass that was second-quickest of the final Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying session at Texas Motorplex.
That pass ended a streak of 13 consecutive runs in the 6.8-second range for Stoffer, though only one rider made a run in that bracket in Q4, which had the worst track conditions of the weekend.
Still, Stoffer carries a lot of confidence into Sunday's eliminations after four more solid qualifying runs and a No. 5 qualifying spot.
"Wish it would've been an .89," Stoffer said of Q4. "It would have been cool to say 14 passes, but I guess that means we've just to start over again and see if we can beat that record. Pretty cool."
Stoffer's official qualifying mark was 6.865 seconds at 194.97 mph, but her other runs were remarkably consistent – and fast: 6.886 at 193.63 mph in Q1 (fourth in the session), 6.888 at 195.17 mph in Q2 (third) and 6.908 at 195.53 in Q4 (second).
"The GEICO bike is basically a bracket bike," Stoffer said. "It seems like (crew chief) Gary (Stoffer) can pick up the tuneup fairly well. I'm happy going into tomorrow. I think we've got a good bike going into tomorrow. I know we're No. 5, but we've got consistency. My lights have been good all weekend, so I'm happy where we're at."
Weather conditions in Q4 should mimic those in Sunday's eliminations, so that bodes well for Stoffer. She raced to the finals in Charlotte last weekend in the first race of the Countdown to the Championship, and another final-round appearance would help in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings. She's second, 63 points behind leader Eddie Krawiec.
"It's going be tuneup day," Stoffer said of race day. "That's how it is at this race track. It's always known to be hot here, and every crew chief knows that. They've got to deal with the track and the conditions. I'm happy going in. Gary's got a handle on the tuneup, and we've got a good motor in the bike. We've got 'Maverick' in there, so I think everything's going to go well tomorrow."