Joliet II: Jim Yates preview

Yates Looks for Winning Combination at Route 66 Raceway Virginia Pro Stock Racer Coming off Runner-up Finish at Reading,Pa. The relationship between Jim Yates and his new Sea Ray Boats/B&W/Wiley-X Eyewear Pro Stock Pontiac GTO will get ...

Yates Looks for Winning Combination at Route 66 Raceway

Virginia Pro Stock Racer Coming off Runner-up Finish at Reading,Pa.

The relationship between Jim Yates and his  new Sea Ray Boats/B&W/Wiley-X
Eyewear Pro Stock Pontiac GTO will get another  competitive test this weekend at
Route 66 Raceway, and it comes with a promise  of ideal racing conditions at
one of the best facilities on the NHRA POWERade  Series schedule.

It seem the fall race here has produced some of the category's quickest elapsed times, and it could happen again when the Ameriquest Mortgages Nationals begins Friday.

"It's going to be  really fast if the weather stays as cool as is being
forecast," Yates  said.  "That is one of the fastest racing surfaces we see.  It'
s an  excellent track and, if the air cooperates, it should produce some good
elapsed  times.

"Because we have the new car, every track is different. We need to find a good combination the car likes. If weather conditions remain cool and we have four runs in the same conditions that will help us figure out what the car wants."

Yates and his son/crew  chief Jamie did an excellent job coming up with a
combination two weeks ago at  Reading, Pa., in the GTO's second race  Yates
qualified fifth and drove  into the finals before losing to series leader and
two-time defending champion  Greg Anderson by 11-thousandths of a second.  Yates
had a terrific .008  starting line reaction time and an advantage that Anderson
overcame only in the  last few feet.
"We need to adapt the car to the track as soon as  possible," said Yates. "
We can't miss the combination by one-hundredth of a  second.  That's a lot.
One-hundredth of a second means the difference  between qualifying in the top
half (of the 16-car field) and qualifying  16th."

Last year at this event, the national e.t. record was reset and many drivers earned career bests in time and speed. It could happen again, Friday through Sunday.

Yates, of Occoquan, Va., wants to be  part of the record setting.  He also
wants to move up in the  tightly-bunched standings. He's 10th with 868 points,
but he's only 64 points  behind No. 6 Greg Stanfield.  The other races
remaining are at Dallas, Oct.  7-9 (rescheduled due to Hurricane Rita); Las Vegas,
Oct. 21-23; and Pomona,  Calif., Nov. 3-6.

-jyr-

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Drivers Greg Anderson , Greg Stanfield