Gainesville Road Trip a Success for Team Stalba
After a busy few months in the shop, the new Stalba Motorsports A/Fuel team made their debut in Gainesville, Florida, in March. The first weekend was the "Baby Gators", which is also know as the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional event. After a few shakedown runs to get comfortable again, Karen and the team were able to qualify in the #3 spot out of the 14 Dragsters on the property. Karen made a driver error in Elimination Round 1, and the team made an early exit from the Baby Gators.
The following weekend was the NHRA Gatornationals. 18 Dragsters were on the property and Karen and the guys powered their way to the #1 Qualifier spot with career best numbers for Karen - 5.172 Seconds at 280mph in the 1/4 mile. Karen would ultimately bow out in the Semi-Final round against Rachel Meyer, who went on to win the event. Considering Karen had not driven in the Top Alcohol Dragster category in almost 3 years, the team was really excited with the results and are really looking forward to a successful season. Thanks to Gene Gallant, Bob Smullen, Erick Cindrich, and of course Dad, Tom Benkovich. Special thanks to husband, Tom, and the kids for holding down the fort while Karen was away for almost 2 weeks!
Next up, both Karen and husband Tom will be racing at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta. This will be the final National event for Atlanta, for they are closing. In 2004 and 2005, Karen raced her way to the finals at this event, but fell short each time. She is hoping this is the year she gets the win. Husband Tom won his first ever national event in Atlanta, so he is hoping for big success in his final year there as well!
Keep your eyes out! New Karen Stalba T-Shirts are in production and should be available here soon!
Karen Stalba Set to Return to Top Alcohol Dragster Class in 2021 Click on link to read more from the NHRA Website