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JJ Yeley signs with Xxxtreme Motorsports

JJ Yeley on August 16, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan
JJ Yeley on August 16, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan
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JJ Yeley has a NASCAR ride for the 2014 season. Xxxtreme Motorsports announced on Thursday that they have signed the veteran driver and that he will pilot their number 44 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, starting on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I am excited that we were able to work it out that we can work together,” Yeley said. “John (John Cohen, Xxxtreme Motorsports team owner)

has such a deep passion for NASCAR and wanting to be a successful part of it. The program he has in place for 2014 in impressive; the engine package, being self sufficient and still being a small team yet having the feel of a larger team. That for me is all very exciting."

Last season Yeley drove the number 36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing and finished 32nd in points in NSCS. Earlier this month he was replaced at TBR by Reed Sorenson. The Phoenix, Arizona native has competed in the NSCS since 2004 and in 202-races he has a pair of Top 5 finishes and eight Top10’s.

Before entering the world of NASCAR he briefly raced in the IndyCar series and finished 9th in the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

Yeley was also a dominant force in the USAC Sprint Car Series. He was the 1997 USAC Sprint Rookie of the Year, 2001 & 2003 USAC Sprint champion and the 2002 & 2003 USAC Silver Crown champion. He won the USAC Triple Crown in 2003 and was the 2002 & 2003 Non-Winged Driver of the Year from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Xxxtreme Motorsports made their NASCAR debut in 2009 in the Nationwide Series. They made the jump to NSCS in 2012 and backed David Reutimann. Last season Scott Riggs drove for Xxxtreme with crew chief Walter Giles. This season Giles will stay on as crew chief for Yeley.

"JJ and I have been friends since I came to NASCAR, we've always mentioned working together if we could,” Cohen said. “This opportunity came about when he mentioned he was available for this season and I knew that he was the driver to take our team to the next level. We've always said if we could do something together it would be pretty special. JJ and I got together and we're going to try and do something special in 2014 and beyond."

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