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JJ Yeley and Tommy Baldwin Racing part ways

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver JJ Yeley is unemployed. The former driver of the number 36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing was replaced by Reed Sorenson on Monday, per a recent report.

JJ Yeley in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway on October 18, 2013
Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

"I want to thank TBR for last year. This is a tough sport. .....and the end of the day it is a business and that is why I've been replaced," Yeley said on a February 4 Tweet.

Yeley drove for TBR in 2013 and ran 35 races. It was a tough season for Yeley and TBR but they started the season on a high note and finished 10th at the Dayton 500. But the opening race of 2013 was an ephemeral scene for Yeley. He wouldn’t crack the top ten again in any race and had eight DNF’s. He ended up 32nd in the final NSCS standings.

Despite a trying 2013 NASCAR season the Phoenix, Arizona native has a very diverse motorsports resume and numerous championships.

Yeley was the 1997 USAC Sprint Rookie of the Year (1997) and the 2002 and 2003 Non-Winged Driver of the Year from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. He was the USAC Triple Crown winner in 2003, a feat only accomplished by NSCS champion Tony Stewart. Yeley won a record 24-races in 2003.

While running in USAC he drove eight-races in the IndyCar Series, in 1998 and 2000, and finished 9th at the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

Yeley moved over to NASCAR in 2004 and has never looked back. In 202 career NSCS races he has one pole, a pair of Top 5 and eight Top 10 finishes. In eight-seasons in the Nationwide Series he has run 155-races with 13 Top 5 and 39 Top 10 finishes.

To date, Yeley has not been linked to a new NASCAR team but he went to Twitter yesterday to console his fans and leave them with some good but still secretive news.

"Thank you to everyone for the concern. I do have a Cup ride for 2014 and will be announcing the details very soon," Yeley also Tweeted on February 4.

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