Chicagoland: J.J. Yeley race report

Yeley Back on Track with Top-10 Finish at Chicagoland Tenth-Place Effort a Confidence Booster for No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Team J.J. Yeley secured his first top-10 finish since the second race of the season at California Speedway by bringing home...

Yeley Back on Track with Top-10 Finish at Chicagoland
Tenth-Place Effort a Confidence Booster for No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Team

J.J. Yeley secured his first top-10 finish since the second race of the season at California Speedway by bringing home a solid 10th place effort in Sunday's USG Sheetrock 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Yeley, driver of the No. 18 VESIcare® (solifenacin succinate) Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, ran consistently in the top-20 all race long while making several adjustments early in the event to get the car to his liking, allowing him to leave the Windy City with one of his best performances of the year.

"The car was really good," said Yeley. "After the five, six weeks that we've had here, a top-10 is phenomenal. I knew Chicago was a place that we were going to come and get a good run. I just wanted to make sure I didn't let it slip away."

While the team has endured a rough stretch, Yeley knows the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing machine is capable of running well. While Sunday's run is a boost of confidence for the team, his confidence has never wavered.

"I know this team is more than capable," said Yeley. "I'm not going to let my confidence go down because we haven't run well or we have bad things happen to us. We run well every week. We just put ourselves in a situation where we get taken out. We avoided all those today and had a good race. This is a good confidence booster for the entire team and for the VESIcare/GSK folks who were on the car this week."

The 10th place finish bumped Yeley up two spots in the championship point standings to 27th, 72 markers outside the top-25.

Yeley's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates - Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin - sit seventh and 12th, respectively, in points. Stewart dropped two spots after running out of fuel with four laps to go to post a 32nd place result. Hamlin lost two positions in points after a 14th place finish.

Jeff Gordon scored his 75th career Nextel Cup victory and his second of the season by winning the USG Sheetrock 400. Jeff Burton finished second, while Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., secured the rest of the top-five. Jimmie Johnson, Reed Sorenson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Yeley comprised the rest of the top-10.

The next event on the Nextel Cup schedule is the July 16 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. The race begins at 2:10 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by TNT.

-JGR-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , J.J. Yeley , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing