Englishtown: Jim Yates preview

Improving Elapsed Times on Yates' Agenda at SuperNationals ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 17, 2004 - Believing in the theory that history does have a way of repeating itself, Jim Yates need look nor further than last year's K&N Filters SuperNationals...

Improving Elapsed Times on Yates' Agenda at SuperNationals

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 17, 2004 - Believing in the theory that history does have a way of repeating itself, Jim Yates need look nor further than last year's K&N Filters SuperNationals to tear a page from his performance book.

The Occoquan, Va., Pro Stock driver registered career bests in elapsed time (6.715 seconds) and speed (205.29 mph), qualified third and advanced to the quarterfinals before fouling out against eventual race runner-up Darrell Alderman.

Yates returns to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 2004 SuperNationals (June 18-20). Granted weather conditions will be much different this year when Yates attempts to qualify the Sea Ray Boats/B&W Pontiac Grand Am. Because the event was moved from mid-May last year to June, weather will be hot and humid, two factors that slow Pro Stock performances. But he'd settle for similar results factored for the weather when qualifying begins Friday.

The search for additional horsepower continues. Yates tested earlier in the week, looking for additional hundredths of a second in elapsed time.

"We've been struggling," Yates said after missing the starting line-up by six-thousandths of a second last week at Columbus, Ohio. "We did pick up more horsepower and our motor program is coming along . . . but we just need more power.

"There were six drivers (14th through 19th) in Columbus within six-thousandths of a second. That's how close it is out here in Pro Stock," added Yates, who also had to deal with a performance difference between the left and right lanes. "It's frustrating because if we'd run in the other lane on our last qualifying run, we would've run quick enough to qualify."

Yates, a winner at Raceway Park in 1996, begins his quest for a place in the top 16 Friday with qualifying attempts at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday's runs come at noon and 3 p.m., followed by Sunday's eliminations at 11 a.m.

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Drivers Darrell Alderman