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JJ Yeley and Xxxtreme Motorsport Have Big Plans Starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

February 13th, 2014 at 7:16 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Thursday the Xxxtreme Motorsport team owned by John Cohen announced their plans for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the hiring of JJ Yeley as the teams driver. The team will not race at Daytona or Phoenix but will first field the No. 44 car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup Series' third race of the season on March 9th.

'JJ Yeley getting out of his race car' photo (c) 2010, Mike Kalasnik - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

From there the team plans to attempt to run the full season and the full races. A sponsorship announcement from the team will be made before the March 2nd race at Phoenix.

"I am excited that we were able to work it out that we can work together," Yeley said in a team release. "John has such a deep passion for NASCAR and wanting to be a successful part of it. The program he has in place for 2014 is 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."

The team has switched to Chevrolet from Ford which it had used in 2012 and 2013. David Reutimann ran the debut race for the team in 2012 and Scott Riggs competed in six races during the 2013 season.

"We've switched from Ford to Chevrolet and we're going out to complete full races," team owner John Cohen said. "It's a new team effort we've never shown before as far as running the full season. JJ and I have been friends since I came to NASCAR, we've always mentioned working together if we could. 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."

Yeley ran 35 of the 36 races last season for Tommy Baldwin Racing and finished 32nd in points which was his best points finish since the 2007 season. For his career Yeley has made 202 career Cup starts and has eight top tens.

Walter Giles will be the No. 44 teams crew chief.

Tags: Chevrolet, JJ Yeley, John Cohen, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Walter Giles, XXXtreme Motorsport

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