Karen Stoffer Talks About 2020

Like many, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Karen Stoffer has had to make some hard decisions while surfing the shifting sands of 2020. One of those decisions—which you saw first right here on Eatmyink—was to not race the NHRA season this year.

“As many people know, I have balanced my racing career with my business career for many years,” said Karen. “The NHRA season timeline and the scheduling of the races played a significant role in the successful balance of careers.

“When the 2020 NHRA season and schedule was modified, I had to review the dates to ensure I was successful at both passions. The initial ‘reprised’ and condensed NHRA event schedule announced in April had many back-to-back races with some significant travel between. Working with the WAR (White Alligator Racing) team and with all our partners (Ray Skillman Auto Group, Big St. Charles Motorsports and Suzuki Extended Protection), we made a very hard decision to defer my racing to 2021.

Karen with husband Gary, team owner Jerry Savoie, and tuner Tim Kulungian with Wally in the Gateway winners circle

“This was not easy, (especially) coming off one of my best seasons in 2019. This will mean I miss some of the special races that we qualified for.

“But it was just not possible for me to successfully  race the entire schedule, and we wanted to work with the WAR team as early as possible so they could adjust to what they needed for the 2020 season.

Karen Stoffer at speed on the WAR Suzuki

“We will still be supporting where we can and may show up at a few races as support for Jerry (Savoie) and John (Hall) with WAR and all the NHRA racers.

“You know we love NHRA Drag racing 😊”

Tonight I’ll be talking to Tim Kulungian about how missing a consistent, experienced ride like Stoffer will affect his tuning on the WAR Suzukis, along with the compressed qualifying schedule. Look for that interview soon right here on Eatmyink.

story and photos by Tim Hailey

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