TRUCKS: J.J. Yeley Joins AM Racing For Daytona Season-Opener

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J.J. Yeley has picked up a ride for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-kickoff. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from AM Racing have announced that NASCAR veteran J.J. Yeley will drive the team’s No. 22 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 24.

The Daytona race will be Yeley’s 23rd-career Truck start and first since last March at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The two-time USAC Sprint Car champion has one start at the World Center of Racing in 2010, where he scored a 10th-place finish.

The partnership is a one-race agreement. Industry veteran Rick Ren will serve as crew chief of the No. 22. Yeley’s efforts will be backed by Legrand and Superior Essex.

“I am looking forward to being behind the wheel of the No. 22 Superior Essex Toyota for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series,” said Yeley. “It’s a great opportunity that Tim Self, AM Racing, Legrand and Superior Essex put together, and I’m glad to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get out on the track and drive the Toyota Tundra to the front.”

Legrand is a leader in network infrastructure solutions, with products designed to support data centers,  commercial buildings or audio/video applications, connectivity products that meet industry standards and rack cabinets that can be manufactured globally.

Superior Essex is a manufacturer and supplier of communications cable and accessory products serving the communications industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Superior Essex specializes in magnet wire manufacturing and distribution.

A render of Yeley’s truck for Daytona.

“This is a great opportunity for AM Racing,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “The team has built J.J. a very strong truck for competition with the hope that we can contend for the win at Daytona in a few weeks. J.J. has a niche for the draft and we feel that he can not only put our team and partners in the spotlight, but also give us a good assessment of our truck program overall.”

Yeley, 40, has a combined 23 starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway across NASCAR’s top-three national divisions, with two XFINITY Series poles, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Yeley’s best finish at Daytona is fourth, coming in the 2006 XFINITY Series opener for Joe Gibbs Racing after he started on the pole.

Last week, AM Racing announced they have switched engine manufacturers for the 2017 season. Joe Gibbs Racing engines will power the team’s Toyota Tundras this season, starting with the 100-lap NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (7:30 p.m., FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).


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