Englishtown: Jim Yates preview

Jim Yates Enthused about New Clutch Combination ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - There's something new at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, site of the 36th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals - the race date of June 17-19. Originally run during sweltering...

Jim Yates Enthused about New Clutch Combination

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - There's something new at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, site of the 36th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals - the race date of June 17-19.

Originally run during sweltering summer heat and then moved to cooler May temperatures in 1993, the event now finds itself in mid-June, meaning crew chiefs and tuners will be faced with different sets of racing conditions, weather and heat.

"We haven't run at Englishtown in weather conditions like this in a long time," said Jim Yates, driver of the B&W Trailer Hitches/Wiley-X Eyewear Pro Stock Pontiac. "It will be hotter and the air more humid . . . just about like a continuation of last week's race at Joliet (Ill.)."

That wouldn't be bad because Yates and his son Jamie, the crew chief, found a clutch combination that worked during the race at Route 66 Raceway, but only after the clutch malfunctioned in Friday night's qualifying session and set them back.

"We had to replace the entire clutch, not just discs, so we had to adapt," said Yates. "You usually have to make one run before you can figure out how the car responds. We got behind a run but we did ourselves proud by finding the combination."

Yates, of Occoquan, Va., qualified 14th on his last attempt (6.815 seconds at 202.21 mph), earning a starting spot opposite Greg Anderson. Anderson won, running 6.745 seconds at 203.92 mph to Yates' 6.795.

"We had a clutch problem on that run, too, but I think we have a better handle on the tune-up now," said Yates. "Running as well as we are gives us confidence. I know we have a good car. We want to get it tuned right and make no mistakes on race day."

Yates has one win (1996) and one runner-up finish (1995) at Raceway Park. He also won the 2001 King Demon special event and was second in 1997. He's been No. 1 qualifier twice (2002, 1997).

This is the middle of three straight races. The next stop is St. Louis, June 24-26.

-jyr-

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