Speeding Penalty Sours Las Vegas Experience for JJ Yeley
Date: March 10, 2013
Event: Kobalt Tools 400 (Race 3 of 36)
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Point Standing: 26th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, 71 behind leader Jimmie Johnson
Three races into the season and Tommy Baldwin Racing’s JJ Yeley is showing that despite adversity, he is a fighter.
After qualifying was rained out on Friday, per the NASCAR rule book, the field was set by 2012 points. Yeley and the Accell Construction Chevrolet SS started the Kobalt Tools 400 in the 35th position and prepared for battle.
At the drop of the green flag the consensus from all drivers was loose handling race cars, Yeley included. Fighting with his car and the set back with positioning, Yeley and crew chief Joe Lax were formulating a plan to get the No. 36 dialed in. Things went off schedule when completing a pit stop at Lap 45 Yeley was assessed a speeding penalty and had to serve a pass thru penalty.
Still fighting the loose handling, Yeley lost several laps throughout the race and ending up taking the checkered flag in 36th position, 8 laps down.
“I’m disappointed in myself for speeding on pit road,” Yeley said. “We had a car capable of a better finish than what we got, but it was my error. The handling was a battle all day, we kept fighting, and I couldn’t be prouder of the TBR team for that. I am really looking forward to Bristol next week.”
“JJ felt bad about the speeding penalty, but we race as a team and understand that penalties happen,” Lax said. “We made great strides during practice and the race and this week we’re off to Bristol — one of JJ’s favorite tracks.”