J.J. Yeley preview


J.J. Yeley, Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet
J.J. Yeley, Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Last Time Out; Auto Club Speedway: For the fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this season, J.J. Yeley and the Whitney Motorsports team qualified for the Auto Club 400. After starting shot-gun on the field (43rd) after experiencing motor gremlins before qualifying, Yeley methodically and quickly maneuvered his way through the field, picking up 12 positions in the first handful of laps. During an early race caution, Yeley put his No. 46 atop of the leader board and controlled the field for two laps. Shortly after, Yeley unfortunately would have to take his No. 46 Chevrolet Impala to the garage on lap 47 after developing electrical issues. He would be credited with a 41st place finish.

Back At The Clip: J.J. Yeley hopes to make his seventh career start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, otherwise known as the paperclip track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The tight and tedious .526-mile oval is the smallest track on the NASCAR circuit. In his previous six starts, Yeley qualified a career-best fifth in 2007; while also posting a solid eighth place qualifying effort later that year. His best finish occurred in his Martinsville debut where he finished 20th after qualifying 18th in April of 2006.

Five-For-Five: J.J. Yeley in the No. 46 Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet Impala has had to qualify for each and every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event thus far in 2011. Yeley, the Phoenix, Arizona native has successful earned a starting position in each of the five races run this season. The team started out the year by qualifying for the prestigious Daytona 500. The team’s best qualifying run to date occurred in race number three where the No. 46 qualified a season-best 32nd at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. He will look to make it six-for-six on Saturday. 45 cars have entered for the 43 car starting field.

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

On Martinsville (Va.) Speedway: “Martinsville speedway is one of original gems on the NASCAR Sprint cup schedule, to see in person how tiny the track really is would astonish most race fans.”

It has been great to make all of the races so far in 2011.

J.J. Yeley

On Racing At The Tightest Racetrack On The NASCAR Circuit: “Racing at Martinsville requires more patience than any other track. It is easy to abuse your equipment or get into a scuffle on the track, having to make a green flag pit stop will take you out of contention immediately.”

On His Fondest Memory At Martinsville (Va.) Speedway: My fondest moment of racing in Martinsville would come from my rookie year in Cup, I qualified fifth and ran in the top-10 the entire day. I had a very fast car and was caught up in a late race fight that ended up with me getting a flat left rear tire and a bad finish.”

On The Famous Martinsville Hot Dogs: “I have never tried nor will I be having one in the near future. There is something about the appearance of them that just doesn't make me hungry.”

On The Overall Improvement Of His Whitney Motorsports Team In 2011: “It has been great to make all of the races so far in 2011. The key part is that we have out qualified some big teams and continue to improve our No. 46 Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet on a weekly basis. As we continue to make races the team will have the ability to improve equipment and prepare for racing select races in the future.”

On Playing A Prank On April Fools Day: “Ah, yes practice will be on April Fools day. I don't intend to prank anyone though (it would be too obvious).”

-source: whitney motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers J.J. Yeley , Eric Gilbert
Tags chevrolet, martinsville, sprint cup, whitney motorsport, yeley