Joliet: Yates makes career best run

JOLIET, Ill., Sept. 29, 2001 - In one week, Jim Yates has been the No. 1 qualifier, hospitalized, undergone angioplasty surgery and run the third quickest elapsed time in NHRA Pro Stock history. The Alexandria, Va., driver's SplitFire/PEAK...

JOLIET, Ill., Sept. 29, 2001 - In one week, Jim Yates has been the No. 1 qualifier, hospitalized, undergone angioplasty surgery and run the third quickest elapsed time in NHRA Pro Stock history.

The Alexandria, Va., driver's SplitFire/PEAK Pontiac Grand Am was timed in 6.805 seconds at 201.37 mph during qualifying Saturday for the inaugural Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.   At the time, it was the quickest run, but Kurt Johnson bumped Yates down a notch with a 6.801-second performance and Mark Osborne added a 6.802.

"We wanted to get down the track and make a good run," said Yates, who underwent the angioplasty surgery Monday in Memphis after qualifying first for last week's AutoZone Nationals.  "We were tickled when our elaped time card came out, but not happy then because I knew our time wouldn't hold up (as No. 1)."

Yates became ill after winning the pole position at Memphis last Saturday and was hospitalized prior to his surgery.  He made his first runs this weekend Friday and starts Sunday's eliminations third in the 16-car field. His first round opponent will be Ron Krisher, who qualified No. 14 with a 6.841.

-JYR-

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Drivers Kurt Johnson , Ron Krisher