The 2003 USAC Triple Crown winner's year was capped off when the Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association announced last night at its annual celebratory banquet that J.J Yeley earned the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy, making the young star the "Driver of the Year".
In this event he had to move from the "F" main where he started fourth to work his way into a starting position for the "A" Main, but it was not a surprise that he did.
Yeley's competition in Tulsa was tough as it included racing against his USAC car owner and friend, Tony Stewart. Yeley may not have won the Chili Bowl but he became the first driver to improve 69 positions to take third place in the competitive midget race that brings storied competitors to the indoor track.
Yeley's 2003 was a busy year as the talented driver went from one USAC racing series to another across the U.S. and it already appears that the young man will be bouncing around the country again in 2004.
Yeley recently signed with Joe Gibbs Racing to run events for the team in ARCA, NASCAR Busch Series and a selected NASCAR Cup races.
Recently, Yeley was also named the top driver by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association.