Bad Vibes Hamper Yeley in Kansas
KANSAS CITY, KS. (October 18, 2015) - J.J. Yeley and his JGL Racing team entered Kansas Speedway equipped with their favorite car and high hopes but would ultimately be plagued by a bad vibration in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race. When the checkered flag flew Yeley would bring his No. 28 Toyota home to a disappointing 21st place finish in the running of the Kansas Lottery 300.
"We struggled with a bad vibration all weekend and just couldn't permanently fix it," said Yeley. "Our splitter was hitting the track hard and created one heck of a vibration. We fixed it after qualifying and we were good for the first half of the race but it came back around the halfway point and just killed us for the remainder of the race."
Yeley would qualify in the 19th position but would start the 200-lap event from the rear of the field as a result of making some splitter repairs after the qualifying session. At the beginning of the race Yeley would quickly let his JGL Racing crew know that the vibration was gone. With a good handling No. 28 Toyota J.J would charge inside the top-20 on lap 13 and maintain that track position for the first half of the race.
Just before the halfway mark of the 300-mile event, the dreaded vibration returned to the No. 28 machine. This led to a tight condition as well as some overheating issues. The veteran NASCAR driver would do all he could for the remainder of the race and limped home to the 21st place finish.
"That was really a handful out there today," added Yeley. "We were really good without the vibration but when it returned it created even more issues for us to deal with. We will put this one behind us and we have a few weeks to prepare for Texas."
With the 21st-place finish Yeley dropped one position to 13th in the overall NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers' standings - just five points out of 12th and 93 points out of the Top-10.
Yeley and his JGL Racing team will have a two week break before they set their sights onto Texas Motor Speedway. The running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will be Saturday November 7th and can be seen LIVE on NBC at 3:00 pm ET. It can also be heard on Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius Channel 90.