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Bob Yonke Knows Next Eight Weeks Will Determine Season Success Surprising 49-Year-Old NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Looks to Capitalize on SEarly eason Performance Chicago, Ill. - This week's United Association Route 66 Nationals is the 10th race in...

Bob Yonke Knows Next Eight Weeks Will Determine Season Success

Surprising 49-Year-Old NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Looks to Capitalize on SEarly eason Performance

Chicago, Ill. - This week's United Association Route 66 Nationals is the 10th race in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season, but 49-year-old NHRA Pro Stock Rookie Bob Yonke knows that the real test comes during the next eight weeks when the series will crisscross the country for seven races that will likely determine success or failure for the Yonke Motorsports Pints for Prostates Pontiac GXP team.

"It's critical that will qualify strong each week and start winning some rounds," said Yonke. "We've fought hard to stay in the top 10 in the standings and it will mean a lot to our team to qualify for the countdown to the championship. We're on the bubble right now and that has everyone focused on during our best during the next two months."

When the 2010 season started Yonke would have likely told you he would be happy making it to two finals and be holding down 10th in the standings after nine races. But now Yonke, whose team has accomplished all of this without the backing of a primary sponsor, wants even more success from his first campaign in NHRA Pro Stock.

"We've had a solid season so far, but the Pro Stock competition is amazingly tight. We know we have to get better each week because every single team behind us in the standings wants to be in the top 10," Yonke says. "In racing sponsorship support is critical to being competitive on a consistent basis and having the chance to win. We've had promising discussions and we hope to convert this interest into a sponsorship deal."

Instead of leaving the hood on the car blank while looking for a primary sponsor, Yonke Motorsports partnered with Pints for Prostates to promote men's health. The NHRA Pro Stock entry driven by Yonke will carry the Pints for Prostates logo at the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals when Pro Stock qualifying starts on Friday.

Yonke is hoping that his success as a rookie on the circuit will also cause fans to vote for him in the K&N Horsepower Challenge. The top seven Pro Stock teams automatically qualify for the competition and fans will pick the eighth car in the special race. Fans can vote for Bob Yonke at http://www.knfilters.com/register/kn_hp_cs.aspx.

"We really appreciate what Bob Yonke and everyone at Yonke Motorsports is doing to reach race fans with an important health message," said Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates. "NHRA fans are the exact demographic that needs to hear our message about testing and early detection. Bob Yonke has been very generous in his support of Pints for Prostates enabling us to reach drag racing fans at the track and watching the action on ESPN2. The more men we reach the more lives will be saved."

"Prostate disease is a very serious issue for all men, as one out of every six men during their lifetime will be diagnosed with some form of prostate cancer," said Yonke. "Early detection is as simple as a blood test during a routine check up with your primary care physician or urologist, you just need to ask them to check your PSA."

"I started having my prostate checked annually at the age of 45, as my father was diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate cancer at the age of 50," Yonke said. In 2002, Yonke and partner, Chris Ringel, started Advanced Medical Partners Inc., a mobile medical business based in Arlington, Texas, that treated approximately 6,000 prostate cancer patients annually with Cryotherapy. The sale of that business in 2008 helped launch Yonke's full time entry into NHRA Pro Stock this season.

"Every week nearly 4,000 men in the U.S. hear the words 'you have prostate cancer.' The key for these guys is detecting the disease in its early stages when treatment is nearly 100 percent successful," said Lyke, a 49-year-old Charlotte, N.C., marketing executive and drinks journalist who had successful prostate cancer surgery in April 2008.

-source: yonke motorsports

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