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JJ Yeley gets a new NASCAR ride

JJ Yeley during practice at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2014
JJ Yeley during practice at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2014Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt

J.J. Yeley, of Xxxtreme Racing, has a new car to drive this season and will be racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend after not previously qualifying for an NSCS race in 2014. The Phoenix, Arizona native has a new car, with his same team, after the unfortunate demise of Swan Racing.

On April 23 Swan Racing announced a team wide restructuring that had their No. 26, driven by Cole Whitt, merging with BK Racing. Whitt will continue to drive the No. 26 as part of BK Racing. Swan’s second car, the No. 30 driven Parker Kligerman, was sold to XxxTreme Motorsports. Kligerman will not drive the No. 30. Instead Xxxtreme Motorsports driver J.J. Yeley will take over the No. 30 starting with this Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond.

Yeley signed with Xxxtreme Motorsports this past offseason after being replaced at Tommy Baldwin Racing by Reed Sorenson. Yeley has been driving the No. 44 for Xxxtreme Racing this season but has not qualified for a NSCS race. On Saturday he will start 42nd for the NSCS Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Yeley qualified for the race because he inherited the owner’s points from the former Swan Racing No. 30.

Along with the No. 30 car Yeley also inherits its former crew. According to a USA Today report, Stephen Lane will remain the crew chief of the No. 30 and the team will retain many former Swan Racing crew members.

He hasn't run a NSCS race this season but Yeley has been driving Carl Long Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In four starts this season he has three Top-20 finishes and has led two-laps.

Yeley has been racing in the NSCS since 2004. In 202 career starts he has a pair of Top-5 and eight Top-10 finishes. He has never made it to victory lane and he has qualified on the pole once. Yeley's average finish is 30.6, which ironically is his average start.