J.J. Yeley preview

Bristol 500

J.J. Yeley, Whitney Motorsport Chevrolet
J.J. Yeley, Whitney Motorsport Chevrolet

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Straight To The Facts; Bristol Motor Speedway: The fourth of 36 races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) tour invades Bristol, Tennessee for a stop at the ever popular Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS). Yeley will aim to make his sixth career start at BMS In his previous Sprint Cup outings, Yeley qualified a track best of 24th in his inaugural debut in 2006 driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Yeley’s best track finish occurred in the summer event of 2007 where he guided the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a 13th place finish after starting 40th. Seven starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Las Vegas have included a best start of second (outside pole) in the spring of 2006 with a best finish of 12th that summer.

Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Pre-Race Quotes: J.J. Yeley, driver of the No. 46 Red Line Oil Chevrolet Impala:

On Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway: “When you go to Bristol Motor Speedway it is the most unique of all of the NASCAR tracks. It is the best place to watch a race no matter what the series. There’s not a bad seat in the house!”

On The Old Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Surface Compared To The New: “The “new” Bristol is just as tough, fun and demanding as the old track surface was. I enjoy it now more because the second and third grooves can be just as fast as the bottom during a long run. As a driver, I like to be able to help my cars handling by finding a better place on the track that fits my setup.”

On His Fondest Memory At Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway: “My fondest moment at Bristol was on the “old track.” I was leading under caution for rain in the Nationwide Series. I didn’t like my car, the track and I told the reporters on Television that I hoped it would just rain until the track filled with water so we could have a finishing tournament there instead. Needless to say, it stopped raining and I didn’t win.”

On The Overall Improvement Of His Whitney Motorsports Team In 2011: “I am happy with the changes so far with the Whitney Motorsports team. They are trying real hard to improve their equipment and change their strategy to find sponsors in order to make the team grow. We just have to keep digging.”

On The New NASCAR Points System In 2011: “The new points system doesn’t really affect the teams much. I think it is more exciting to the fans to see how tight the points really are and how one small mistake can drop you out of contention in a hurry. I am all for a nice simple points system.”


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Eric Gilbert
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Tags bristol, nascar, sprint cup, yeley