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All-Female Pro Stock Final At NHRA Summit Nationals
In only the third Pro final round featuring a pair of female finalists in NHRA history, Karen Stoffer defeated Angelle Sampey to take the Pro Stock Motorcycle win. Stoffer earned her second win of the season and eighth of her career on her Stoffer Enterprises Suzuki when Sampey fouled with a red-light start on her Star Racing Buell.
Stoffer, who was only planning to race a limited schedule this season, finds herself in second place in the points as the two-wheel category’s only multitime winner this season, 45 points back of series leader Eddie Krawiec.
“I certainly can’t imagine the way this season has gone,” said Stoffer, who defeated a trio of world champs — Matt Smith, Krawiec, and LE Tonglet — to reach the final. “I’m still pinching myself, but we never planned how this season was going to go. I didn’t think I’d be here for a second. We just wanted to put our best foot forward, and to end up winning, that is icing on the cake.”
Hector Arana Jr, qualified the Lucas Oil Buell in the number one spot at Norwalk but fell in round one to the Kandy Racing Victory Gunner of Angie Smith.
Her win over Sampey made up for the only other final-round meeting between the two veteran riders. Sampey beat Stoffer in Reading in 2002. The only other Mello Yello Series final to feature an all-female pairing happened in Top Fuel in 1982, when Shirley Muldowney defeated Lucille Lee in Columbus.
"Racing Angelle in a final for the first time since 2002 was interesting,” Stoffer said. “We both struggled here, so we had to race a couple of times in qualifying. It was great to race her in the final. I would have liked to have seen two green lights, but we all live and die by the Tree in this class. We managed to get our tire hooked up, and we went down the track, so I think we’d have been in good shape no matter what."
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