Richmond: JJ Yeley preview

J.J. YELEY Back in the Saddle Again CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 29, 2008) -- The old saying goes, "If you fall off the horse, the best thing to do is get right back on and ride again." J.J. Yeley, and the DLP HDTV / Hall of Fame Racing team left ...

J.J. YELEY
Back in the Saddle Again

CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 29, 2008) -- The old saying goes, "If you fall off the horse, the best thing to do is get right back on and ride again."

J.J. Yeley, and the DLP HDTV / Hall of Fame Racing team left Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway disappointed after failing to qualify for the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. But, they got right back on the horse, or back to work, with a two-day test April 29-30 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn.

After the Nashville test, Yeley, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, heads to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway for Saturday's night's Crown Royal presents the Dan Lowry 400.

The three-quarter-mile track has been good to Yeley in his four Sprint Cup starts there, as he has posted three finishes of 14th or better, including a 10th-place result in fall 2007.

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

Overall thoughts heading into Richmond:

"Obviously we were all disappointed last week, but we got right back to work this week at Nashville. The DLP guys are working hard and we're going to get better. It's tough, but this is when everyone has to come together as a team and work hard. I'm confident we'll put last week behind us and move forward at Richmond."

Do you like racing at Richmond?

"I have a love-hate relationship with Richmond. It's a fun race track. I think I have a couple of poles there in USAC. For whatever reason, I've always struggled there, more so in the Nationwide Series car than the Sprint Cup car. We had a pretty decent run the last couple of times we've been there. It's a tough race, so you have to use a lot of patience throughout the night. You have to get the car to rotate, which is so critical at that race track. The groove has widened out where you can do some two- and three-wide racing. That really fits my driving style and makes it more enjoyable."

Is track position just as critical at Richmond as it is at Bristol or Martinsville?

"The problem is that just like those other places, it's such as small place, and when you put 43 cars out there, it obviously doesn't take very long for the leaders to catch you. Two-groove racing will happen there, but it's still pretty hard to pass, and it's still pretty narrow even though it's wide for a short track. The better the track position you have to start the race, the better off you are because you don't have to play from behind all day."

Richmond is a short track, but it's much wider than other short tracks. Does it feel more like an intermediate race track to you?

"It's still Richmond. It's still a three-quarter-of-a-mile race track and it's still hard to pass. It's a race track that I've done fairly well at, but it's not on my list of favorite places that we go to. I think qualifying is the biggest key, and because we haven't qualified well there, it's always made the races more difficult. If we can start up front, it might change my opinion of Richmond and make our Saturday night a little bit smoother."

Phoenix is flat track. Did you learn anything there that you can apply to racing at Richmond? Or are the two tracks totally different?

"It's totally different. There isn't a whole lot we can carry between the two. There's more banking at Richmond. The corners are tighter, and they race totally different. You really won't carry a ton of information over as far as the driver goes."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers J.J. Yeley
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