Michigan: JJ Yeley race report

Mechanical Problem Creates Short Day for Yeley at Michigan J.J. Yeley's No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry suffered a part failure in the lower half of the engine, resulting in a disappointing 41st-place finish in Sunday's LifeLock 400 NASCAR Sprint...

Mechanical Problem Creates Short Day for Yeley at Michigan

J.J. Yeley's No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry suffered a part failure in the lower half of the engine, resulting in a disappointing 41st-place finish in Sunday's LifeLock 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

The driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry started 40th and quickly gained positions on the 2-mile oval, but just past the halfway point, Yeley noticed a problem with the engine.

"The car was actually pretty good most of the race, and then coming off turn two I picked up a little bit of vibration -- more so than I had the whole time -- and I could smell the stink of burnt oil," Yeley said. "Just trying to save the engine or maybe just see if we could catch something, we brought it to pit lane and we couldn't get the thing to fire. At that point the engine was just mad and everything was tied up. They got the thing cooled down, fired it up and couldn't find anything wrong. They changed all of the electrical and went back out and it blew up. It looks like it broke rod three or five and put a hole in the bottom, unfortunately."

Yeley managed to complete only 116 of the 203 laps, as the race was extended three laps due to a green-white-checkered finish.

"It definitely wasn't the day we wanted, but starting 40th, we got up to as high as 25th or 26th and were kind of maintaining," Yeley said. "I think we could've kept working on the car and got it to at least a top-20 finish, but that wasn't the case today."

The 41st-place finish kept Yeley 36th in the championship driver standings, with a post-Michigan total of 882 points. The No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing entry is 38th in the series' owner standings with 941 points, 216 markers behind the 35th-place No. 00 car of Michael Waltrip Racing.

-credit: hofr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , J.J. Yeley