Jerry Savoie doesn’t have anything to prove in the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks.
Savioe, driving for his White Alligator Racing team, won NHRA’s Mello Yello Series 2016 PSM world championship.
In the 2019 season, Savoie reduced his schedule, but he did field a second motorcycle with Karen Stoffer, an eight-time NHRA national event winner. Both are riding Suzukis.
Although Savoie has only competed in six of the nine PSM races he arrived at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis 10th in the points standings – 32 points in front of 11th-place Scotty Pollacheck.
Savoie’s season-best race was at Atlanta May 5 when he made it to the final round before getting upended by Andrew Hines. Stoffer, meanwhile, is fifth in the points standings highlighted by her runner-up finish in Chicago June 2, losing to Matt Smith in the finals.
“We’re hoping to have a great weekend (in Indy) to get Karen and I into the Countdown,” Savoie said. “The intention (this season) was to have three bikes and I really didn’t know if I’d be in the Countdown or not. I don’t think it would be a fair shake for me to be in the Countdown without racing. It wouldn’t be fair to not give someone else that opportunity.”
Savoie said his White Alligator Racing team will be competing in Pro Stock Motorcycle, but he likely will not be riding.
“I’ve got too many things that I’m trying to complete,” said Savoie about why he would step away from riding. I have so much going on, I need to take a year off.”
Savoie said the plan is for him to have a two-bike team in 2020, excluding him as a rider.
Savoie is an alligator farmer in Cut Off, La., and he also is managing a around 800 head of cattle.
“I’ll be 61 in February, so my reflexes are starting to slow down,” Savoie said. “We’ll see. We’ve got some other changes being made. NHRA is working on some stuff with Suzukis and what not so who knows, that might encourage me to come back.”
Savoie qualified No. 8 with a 6.885-second run. Stoffer qualified No. 7 with a 6.880-second ET at 195.11 mph
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