Karen Stalba is returning to TAD in 2021 with a new ride

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Josh Hart has sold his Fearless Racing operation to former Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Karen Stalba. The New Jersey native plans to get back into the sport in 2021.

She last competed in Top Alcohol Dragster in the Northeast Division (Division 1) during the 2018 season. Hart has had the operation up for sale for about three weeks.

AA Auto Salvage Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Karen Stalba competing at the 2015 Atco Divisional
Karen Stalba competing at the 2015 Atco Divisional (Photo by Anthony Caruso III/The Capital Sports Report)

“Fearless Racing is proud to announce that Precious is heading north!,” Hart said in a Facebook post. “The entire operation has been purchased by the longtime drag racing family of Tom and Karen Stalba. Gene Gallant and Robert Smullen have agreed to stay on board with the program to help get Karen to the winners circle!

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“We are very pleased that the operation is headed to a deserving team. #passingofthetorch.”

Hart will be announcing his next steps soon. However, for Stalba, this move allows her to compete with an elite-level operation.

Stalba previously driven the AA Salvage Top Alcohol Dragster that is currently up for sale. With Hart’s operation, he was a Top 10 finisher in the category the past four seasons.

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“When I said, ‘I’ll be right back’ it took me a little longer than planned,” Stalba, according to NHRA, said. “We sat out last year and I knew we had work to do in order to come back. I wasn’t coming back unless I could be all-in. This is our opportunity. I believe things happen for a reason and good things come to those who wait. I’m grateful to my husband, Tom, for his support and eagerness to see me back in the class. I had fun in Super Comp, but I want to go fast.”

Not only does Stalba race, but her husband Tom is a nine-time national event winner in Super Comp and Super Gas. He is also an eight-time Northeast Division Champion.

Plus, their two children, Paul and Emily, compete in Jr. Dragsters.

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The plan for Stalba is to compete in 14 events in 2021. This will include a mix of national events and Divisional events.

As part of this deal, Stalba will receive a sponsorship agreement with Burnyzz Speed Shop. Stalba will also be funded by AA Auto Salvage, Lucas Oil, JKR Racing Products, Simpson, VP Fuels, NGK Spark Plugs, Mahle Motorsports North America, and Chicks on Slicks.

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