By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
For the first-time since 2015, Karen Stoffer is a Pro Stock Motorcycle No. 1 qualifier. She claimed the top spot with her pass on Friday night at the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.
Then, on Saturday, during her first qualifying session, she set the lowest E.T. of the event. She went 6.793 at 197.91 mph on her Stoffer Enterprises Suzuki.
This is her first No. 1 qualifier since Atlanta in 2015. In addition, this is her first No. 1 qualifier at zMAX Dragway.
“It’s pretty big for me,” Stoffer said. “It’s been a long time and even then, I’ve only done it one other time so it’s pretty huge. I think what was more impressive for me was that we did it with a 6.79. I’ve never run in the 70s so it was a record for me E.T.-wise and to also maintain that and get the green hat in the end of qualifying was pretty huge.”
Stoffer will be in the first quad featuring a pairing with her former teammate Jimmy Underdahl. Angeles Sampey will also be in the pairing with her former teammate and boss Cory Reed.
Hector Arana Jr. will be in the second quad as he faces Scotty Pollacheck in one pairing. Reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith will face his wife Angie Smith in the second pairing.
The third pairing will including a pairing between Andrew Hines and Kelly Clontz. Jerry Savoie — who is looking to repeat for his second straight win at this event — will face Hector Arana in the second pairing.
The final quad will include a pairing between Eddie Krawiec and Ryan Oehler. The final pairing in this quad will include Joey Gladstone and Steve Johnson.
Three Pro Stock Motorcycle riders did not qualify for the show on Sunday. This included Marc Ingwersen, Melissa Surber, and rookie Jianna Salinas.