J.J. Yeley Talks About Staying With The Fans; Bristol And NASCAR Points

J.J. Yeley, No. 46 Red Line Oil Chevrolet Impala

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Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee

Race Information: Event: Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City, Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. Local. Track: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Qualifying: Friday, March 19, at 3:40 p.m. Local Time Track Length: .533-mile paved oval.

Last Time Out; Las Vegas Motor Speedway: For the third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this season, J.J. Yeley and the Whitney Motorsports team qualified for the Kobalt Tools 400. After starting a season-best 32nd, Yeley and the team held their own in the field before being forced to the garage area on lap 45 with a rear gear failure.

Are You Staying With J.J.?: Thanks to the support from Star Coach Race Tours, J.J. Yeley will kick off his “Staying With J.J.” campaign which Yeley, the former USAC champion will camp out with several race fans in the infield at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In addition to staying just feet from Yeley, the lucky fans will also have the opportunity to connect with Yeley, ask questions and even tour the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area before the green flag waives in the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City.

There’s Still Room Left: By popular demand, J.J. Yeley and Star Coach Race Tours have created two more spots with the “Staying With J.J.” campaign this weekend from “Thunder Valley.” For information on how to camp with J.J. Yeley, please visit starcoachracetours.com http://www.starcoachracetours.com/ , call 401.241.4450 or email joel@starcoachracetours.com.

Facebook Fun: By visiting the official J.J. Yeley Fan Page on Facebook, fans will have the opportunity to place “Speed Dice.” Fans are encouraged to submit a number between 2-12 and Yeley himself puts two dice inside his No. 46 Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet and upon returning to the garage from the completion of his qualifying run, Yeley retrieves the dice and works with his management team to see which fans guessed the correct number for the dice. Once the guessers are correctly chosen, Yeley then places all the winners into his helmet with their name on it, shakes the helmet and retrieves the final winner of the weekly addition of “Speed Dice.” The winner will receive a memorabilia item from J.J. Yeley himself. For additional rules and instructions on how to play, please visit J.J. Yeley’s Facebook fan page.

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.”

Fast Links:

Driver / Team: J.J. Yeley on the web: JJYeley.com http://www.jjyeley.com/

Twitter: @JJYeley1

Facebook: Official http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JJ-Yeley-Official/188904204467053> J.J. Yeley Facebook page “JJ Yeley Official”

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