Michigan: JJ Yeley preview

J.J. YELEY Michigan -- A Driver Favorite CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 9, 2008) -- When you ask J.J. Yeley his idea of the perfect racetrack, his answer can be summed up quickly with just three words--Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Yeley...

J.J. YELEY
Michigan -- A Driver Favorite

CORNELIUS, N.C. (June 9, 2008) -- When you ask J.J. Yeley his idea of the perfect racetrack, his answer can be summed up quickly with just three words--Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

Yeley enjoys racing there so much that he says, "If you look up a 'racetrack' in a dictionary, it should have a picture of Michigan."

The good news for Yeley, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry for Hall of Fame Racing, is that the next race on the docket is Sunday's LifeLock 400 at MIS.

With its wide racing surface and four distinct grooves, MIS is a driver's track that can produce three- and four-wide racing throughout the field -- something all drivers enjoy.

Yeley and the DLP team must qualify their way into Sunday's race. They are not guaranteed a starting spot, as they sit outside of the top-35 in owner points. However, Yeley has qualified well at MIS in the past, including his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole in last year's June race at the 2-mile oval.

J.J. YELEY, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry:

Michigan is one of your favorite tracks and a lot of other drivers feel the same way. Why is that?

"If you look up 'racetrack' in a dictionary, it should have a picture of Michigan. I like Michigan because it's obviously one of the faster race tracks we go to, but also because there are so many grooves to choose from when you go racing there. You can very easily go four abreast through the corners and down the straightaways. There's always racing going on all the way back through the field. That doesn't always happen when you go to so many of these other places. A lot of them, you have to run the bottom. You can run any groove you really want to at Michigan pretty much all day long."

Why is Michigan International Speedway so competitive and why do drivers like it so much?

"To me, it's because Michigan is so wide. It's got more banking than California (Speedway). It's just a racier track. The groove is five grooves wide. There are still enough bumps in the racetrack to give it enough character that some drivers prefer the bottom and some guys prefer the top. And having that variety makes for good racing."

How important is it for the team to rebound from the disappointment of Pocono?

"It's very important, obviously. We'll spend a lot of time this week working on getting better and making sure we qualify at Michigan. We'll try to dissect what went wrong at Pocono, so when we go back there in August, we don't have the same difficulties in qualifying. We all know we need to get better, and hopefully we can have a good run at Michigan."

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