Date: March 24, 2013
Event: Auto Club 400 (Race 5 of 36)
Track: Auto Club Speedway
Point Standing: 26th, 107 points behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.
JJ Yeley's weekend to the Golden State started off great, adding on an additional race with sponsor Accell Construction Inc. Prior to the weekend Yeley was still in search of sponsorship for the weekend, however, impressed with the team and driver, Accell added on early in the week.
After arriving to the track, JJ Yeley and the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy SS, got down to business with practice, followed by qualifying. Yeley came out of qualifying in 37th position. Knowing that clean air and great pit strategy was a must coming into Sunday, JJ and the TBR team had their work cut out for them.
At the start of the Auto Club 400, Yeley battled the track conditions and working to dial in the handling of the No. 36 car. Going a lap down early in the race, the team fought to get back on the lead lap. After green flag pit stops, and several single car cautions, Yeley took the wave around on lap 121, with 79 laps to go. The No. 36 Accell Construction Chevy SS escaped the wild ending to the Auto Club 400, finishing 27th. Yeley's fight to the end paid off, moving him up one more position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship standings to 26th.
Crew Chief, Joe Lax, continued to give nothing but encouragement for the future. "Another tough break this weekend boys, but our hard work and determination will pay off. We may not have gotten the finish that we liked, but were moving up in the points standing. Good things are coming ahead."
"I am so proud of my Accell Construction race team. It was a battle, Auto Club Speedway is a tough track but the Tommy Baldwin Racing team showed improvements and again... never gave up," Yeley said. "I am thankful for the off weekend and getting to spend the Easter weekend with my beautiful family but Martinsville can't come soon enough!"
JJ Yeley finished the weekend at Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 in 27th. He is currently 107 points behind leader Dale Earnhardt Jr in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship. In two weeks the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing Team is off to Martinsville, where "tempers fly" and "bumping and banging" are common scenes. Let's hope the fight to the finish pays off for the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing organization!