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.