Indianapolis: JJ Yeley preview

Notes of Interest: * The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will mark Yeley's 27th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his first Nextel Cup start at Indianapolis. * Yeley is currently 26th in the Nextel Cup point standings with ...

Notes of Interest:

* The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will mark Yeley's 27th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his first Nextel Cup start at Indianapolis.

* Yeley is currently 26th in the Nextel Cup point standings with 1,866 points, 35 markers outside the top-25. Yeley gained one point position after his 11th place finish July 23 at Pocono. Yeley has finished in the top-12 in the past three races to climb three spots in the championship point standings.

* Yeley is currently fifth in the Raybestos Rookie point standings with 149 points, just four points behind fourth-place Martin Truex Jr., 17 points behind third-place Reed Sorenson and 29 points behind second-place Clint Bowyer. Yeley's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate - Denny Hamlin - leads the Raybestos Rookie standings with a commanding 24-point advantage over Bowyer.

* Yeley will again pull double-duty this weekend as he competes in the Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series races at Indianapolis and the nearby O'Reilly Raceway Park, respectively. Yeley is one of seven drivers who are running full-time in both Cup and Busch. The other drivers are Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. Yeley drives the No. 18 Vigoro/Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Busch Series.

* Yeley is currently fifth in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings with 2,826 points, 611 markers behind series leader Harvick. Yeley maintained his point position after his 37th place finish last Saturday at Gateway. Yeley's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate - Hamlin - is just ahead of Yeley in Busch Series points. Hamlin sits fourth, 181 points ahead of Yeley and 430 points arrears Harvick.

* The Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park will mark Yeley's 75th career Busch Series start and his second at O'Reilly.

* Back in the Day - In 1998, Yeley competed in his first and only Indianapolis 500. In the 33-car field that year was his future Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart. Yeley finished ninth while Stewart finished last due to engine trouble.

* Yeley is from Phoenix, but much of his pre-NASCAR career was spent in the Midwest, specifically in Indiana. Yeley made a name for himself in the ranks of the United States Auto Club (USAC), which is headquartered on the same street as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yeley won the USAC Triple Crown in 2003, earning titles in the National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown divisions. And in doing so, Yeley joined Stewart as the only drivers to win all three of USAC's national championships in a single season. Stewart won the USAC Triple Crown in 1995.

-JGR-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Reed Sorenson , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing