New Engine Makes Jim Yates Anxious for Fall Nationals DALLAS, Sept. 22, 2004 - Jim Yates was forced to wait a week to see if his new engine combination will be as good as forecast. He'll definitely be ready when NHRA officials call Pro Stock...
New Engine Makes Jim Yates Anxious for Fall Nationals
DALLAS, Sept. 22, 2004 - Jim Yates was forced to wait a week to see if his new engine combination will be as good as forecast.
He'll definitely be ready when NHRA officials call Pro Stock cars for Friday afternoon's first O'Reilly Fall Nationals qualifying session at the Texas Motorplex in nearby Ennis.
"We are anxious to get on the track and have the opportunity to make four qualifying runs under consistent conditions," said the driver of the Sea Ray Boats/B&W Pontiac Grand Am. "The Motorplex track is typically very good, but the atmospheric conditions aren't as good as what we had at Maple Grove (Raceway, near Reading, Pa.) last weekend. If we can get all the power to the ground this weekend we have the ability to make good runs."
Heavy rain last weekend washed out the Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove after one Pro Stock qualifying run, one Yates says was very promising.
"We could've made a better run," he said of his 6.866-second run Friday night that was fifth-quickest of the cars that ran before rain finally ended the day. "We wanted to make another run so we could tune the engine and dial it in better we couldn't because it rained."
The wait between then and Friday's 4 p.m. opening round at the Motorplex left Yates, his son/crew chief Jamie Yates and the crew "on the edges of our seats," Jim commented. "We want to get to the track and let the clutch out. The new engine combination showed a lot of promise; we just need to get more runs on it."
If the new power plant lives up to expectations, it should give Yates a much-needed horsepower boost.
"We probably won't be able to run quicker than we did at Reading," added the Occoquan, Va., driver, "but the track conditions won't be a factor. The Motorplex has an all-concrete track that usually has fewer variables than Maple Grove" or a lot of other asphalt tracks.
Yates has two qualifying attempts Friday (4 and 6:30 p.m.) and two more Saturday (12 and 2:30 p.m.) before Sunday's eliminations begin at 11 a.m.