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Consistent effort gives Yates best qualifying results of season
Yates, with wily veteran Pro Stock engine builder/drag racing icon Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins providing the horsepower and the engine tune-ups, will meet first-time Pro Stock qualifier Shaun Carlson (12th, 6.816 seconds at 201.79 mph) in Sunday's opening round.
"It's nice to be in the top half of the field again," Yates said. "Now we just have go out there and race. It was encouraging to come here from
Yates improved on each of his first three runs, going from 6.812 seconds, to 6.804, to the 6.793 before the car spun the tires on its final effort.
"We tried something different then," added the driver from
Yates, a two-time Pro Stock champion (1996-97), was runner-up last week and starts eliminations in eighth place.
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