Pomona II: Jim Yates Saturday summary

Yates' Pro Stock Pontiac GTO Has Best of 6.730 Seconds POMONA, Calif., Nov. 5, 2005 -- Tire shake on what became the best Auto Club Finals Pro Stock qualifying session Friday put Jim Yates in a position from which he couldn't escape -- outside...

Yates' Pro Stock Pontiac GTO Has Best of 6.730 Seconds

POMONA, Calif., Nov. 5, 2005 -- Tire shake on what became the best Auto Club Finals Pro Stock qualifying session Friday put Jim Yates in a position from which he couldn't escape -- outside the top 16 -- at Pomona Raceway Saturday. Yates' best run was 6.730 seconds at 205.10 mph.

He didn't get a competitive elapsed time Friday and had to lead off Saturday's first qualifying session. His 6.737-second time wasn't quick enough to get him into the field. With conditions warming in the afternoon, Yates' Sea Ray Boats/B&W/Wiley-X Eyewear Pontiac GTO slowed to 6.757 seconds.

"It was disappointing," said the driver from Occoqan, Va. "We shook really hard Friday and had to be the first pair out Saturday. Trying to get a good elapsed time in those conditions is hard to do."

As it was, he was only nine-thousandths of a second behind the 16th driver.

Next up for the Yates team is the Winternationals, Feb. 9-12, at Pomona Raceway.

-jyr-

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