ST. LOUIS, pre-race: CMKXtreme Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Connie Cohen will return to quarter-mile action this weekend at the 9th annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. Cohen was forced to sit out two races to mend a broken wrist after a top end spill in Atlanta. On Monday her doctor gave Cohen the okay to return to racing using a specially molded cast.
"I'm very excited to get back on the bike," said Cohen as she traveled from her home in Connecticut. "My husband Marc and I left Englishtown and went straight home so I could go see my doctor Monday morning. After taking some x-rays we had a discussion about racing. I went outside and got my handle bars and the doctor made a specially molded cast around the bars, just for racing."
In all total, Cohen sat out three rounds of qualifying in Columbus and missed the entire race in both Chicago and Englishtown. Now she can hardly wait to get back on the CMKXtreme Suzuki. "It's been very hard sitting around watching everyone else race and not being able to participate."
Cohen is still seeing plenty of action off of the race track. She and her husband Marc hosted half a dozen youngsters from Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen in Englishtown, providing snacks, photos sitting on her bike, autographs and a private warm-up with the CMKXtreme Suzuki. This Friday Cohen will join CMKX teammates Jeff Arend and Tony Bartone on a visit with children at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital.