Chicagoland: JJ Yeley race report

Yeley Rallies Back From Early Setback to Finish 24th at Chicagoland J.J. Yeley rallied from an early setback to finish a respectable 24th in Saturday's LifeLock.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, ...

Yeley Rallies Back From Early Setback to Finish 24th at Chicagoland

J.J. Yeley rallied from an early setback to finish a respectable 24th in Saturday's LifeLock.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Yeley and the DLP team had minor issues in technical inspection prior to the race and his car was not permitted on pit road until the other 42 drivers had already fired their engines and began the pace laps.

After starting the race one lap behind the leaders, Yeley kept cool, calm and collected and when the first caution came out at lap 35, he was awarded the lucky dog and gained his lap back.

From there, Yeley carved his way through the field and stayed in the top-25 for much of the event before settling for a 24th-palce finish.

"The DLP guys did a good job tonight," Yeley said. "We had a little issue in tech and we started the race in a pretty big hole, but the guys rallied back and we managed to get a decent finish out of it. I'm proud of the guys."

The 24th-place finish moved Yeley up two spots 36th in the championship driver standings, with a post-Chicagoland total of 1,138 points. The No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing entry is 38th in the series' owner standings with 1,256 points, 160 markers behind the 35th-place No. 00 car of Michael Waltrip Racing.

Kyle Busch won the LifeLock.com 400 his second straight Sprint Cup victory, his third in the last four races, his seventh this season and his 11th in 133 career Sprint Cup races.

Finishing second to Busch in the LifeLock.com 400 by .159 of a second was Jimmie Johnson. Kevin Harvick finished third, while Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five. Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, David Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., and Ryan Newman comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were nine caution periods for 33 laps, with two drivers failing to finish the 267-lap race.

-credit: hofr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , J.J. Yeley , Martin Truex Jr. , Brian Vickers , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing , Hall of Fame Racing