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JJ Yeley and United Mining Equipment Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness at Charlotte

Mooresville, NC (October 8, 2013) - Thinking pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, the No. 36 United Mining Chevrolet has turned a beautiful shade of pink in support of breast cancer awareness month.

Teaming up with the Susan G Komen, Tommy Baldwin Racing is proud to be sporting a paint scheme this weekend as we race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  

Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer - transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. To date, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research, next to the federal government.  

"We are so honored to have NASCAR Driver JJ Yeley sporting a pink paint scheme on his car this weekend, and are grateful to Tommy Baldwin Racing and UME for their support of this initiative, said Susan G. Komen Director of Corporate Relations, Carrie Glasscock. "JJ's involvement with Komen is his way of honoring the women in his life and also helps raise awareness amongst both male and female NASCAR fans, on and off the track. We encourage all NASCAR fans to visit komen.org and to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about breast cancer."      

Driver JJ Yeley commented, "I am excited to get behind the wheel of my No. 36 United Mining/Susan G Komen Chevrolet this weekend. We have a pretty cool paint scheme, and couldn't have teamed up with a better organization than Susan G. Komen to help raise awareness about breast cancer. This weekends race I will be supporting not only my mother-in-law Karen, who is a survivor, but my daughter Faith, who I hope one day will live in a world without cancer. I am looking forward to getting out on the track and continuing the push to finish out the rest of the season strong for everyone at Tommy Baldwin Racing."   

"All the employees of UME are pleased to join Tommy Baldwin Racing, JJ Yeley, Kristen Yeley, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation in helping this cause, which hits close to home for many of us," UME Owner Don Sims commented.

After participating in last weekends Race for a Cure in Charlotte, Kristen Yeley will be continuing her support for Komen by sporting an identical paint scheme on her bandolero in Thursday evenings Better Half Dash. Make sure to come out to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend and cheer on the wives of NASCAR as they compete against each other, following qualifying.

United Mining Equipment "Digs" Tommy Baldwin Racing - Adds Two Races to Schedule

nited Mining Equipment #36Mooresville, NC (August 27, 2013) - United Mining Equipment has added two additional races to their schedule aboard the No. 36 Chevrolet with Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver JJ Yeley.

The first added race is this coming weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Advocare 500. The second race will be the upcoming Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We are glad to have UME back on the car again this weekend, and joining us for two additional races this year," said team owner Tommy Baldwin. "We have a great relationship with UME and hope to continue growing with their company and furthering their involvement in the NASCAR industry."

New to the sport of NASCAR, UME joined TBR to promote their twenty year involvement in the mining industry along with their sister company PITTLite.

Kentucky Speedway Pre-race News and Notes

Event/Date: Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts (June 29, 2013)

Track: Kentucky Speedway (KY)

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Race Distance: 400 miles (267 laps)

Tune in: NASCAR on TNT at 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Mooresville, NC (June 27, 2013) - Almost halfway through the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Tommy Baldwin Racing makes their way to Kentucky Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday night to race under the lights.

SANY America continues onward: Experiencing their first season as a NASCAR sponsor, SANY America continues their sponsorship of Dave Blaney’s No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Blaney on Kentucky: “I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of my No. 7 Chevrolet this weekend. This track is still very new to the Sprint Cup series and that really levels the playing field in terms of experience. We’re ready to go for Saturday night.”

Welcome back, UME: This weekend United Mining Equipment is back on board the No. 36 Chevrolet with JJ Yeley. UME has been developing, repairing and supplying long wall equipment for 20 years. Together with their sister company PittLite they now offer low cost, leading technology cap lamps throughout the mining industry.

Yeley on Kentucky: “Coming off of a good run at Michigan, I am excited to get back in the No. 36 United Mining Equipment Chevy with my team. Our guys have been working hard to get the car ready for this weekend, and we have a lot to prove.”

Blaney and Yeley by the Numbers: Since the Cup Series started racing at Kentucky in 2011, Blaney has two starts at the speedway, while Yeley has one.

JJ Yeley Fights the Half-Mile at Martinsville

Date: April 7, 2013

Event: STP Gas Booster 500 (Race 6 of 36)

Track: Martinsville (VA) Speedway

Started/Finished: 37th/27th

Points Standing: 27th, 122 points behind new leader Jimmie Johnson

Heading to Martinsville Speedway after two weeks off, JJ Yeley and the No. 36 United Mining Equipment team were ready for a weekend packed full of action.

The keys to racing at Martinsville is preservation of your tires and brakes – both are areas that Yeley excels in. Knowing that the paperclip shaped track is famous for its beating and banging, Yeley and crew chief Joe Lax had a strategy to make it to the end unscathed.

Starting the race 37th, Yeley’s first order of business was to move up and try to avoid the accidents that the half mile was notorious for. Going laps down early in the race, Yeley continued to fight. Half way through, several quick cautions came out, allowing Yeley to get a lap back and make changes to the car.

Still fighting to the end, Yeley ended the race finishing 27th. Crew Chief, Joe Lax had nothing but positive things to say to the team afterwards. “You guys continue to fight every weekend, and that’s all I can ask for. We did a great job today boys. Let’s pack up, head home, and try again next weekend. Thank you for all you do.”

JJ Yeley finished the weekend at Martinsville Speedway’s STP Gas Booster 500 in 27th. He is currently 122 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship. This week the TBR teams head to the circus, the Wild Asphalt Circus at Texas Motor Speedway.


JJ Yeley Survives Bristol Battle

Date:  March 17, 2013
Event:  Food City 500 (Race 4 of 36)
Track:  Bristol Motor Speedway
Started/Finished:  35th/27th
Point Standing:  27th, 91 behind leader Brad Keselowski 

JJ Yeley certainly wins the award for most unique driver introduction at Bristol Motor Speedway after walking out to the Harlem Shake escorted by a dancing banana, a leprechaun, a gorilla and a pair of rabbits. Driver's were asked to pick out a song for introductions, and immediately Yeley had something up his sleeve. Gathering together crew members, friends, his wife, and daughter, Yeley's "Bristol Shake" was definitely the highlight to the start of the race. 

Getting down to business, JJ Yeley and the No. 36 United Mining Equipment (UME) Chevy SS rolled off pit road 35th, for the start of the Food City 500. Dodging several accidents early in the race, Yeley was steadily climbing up the ranks during the first half. After 125 laps, Yeley had moved up to 14th position through great pit stops. The car seemed to be handling great. 

Halfway through the race, the No. 36 UME Chevy SS started to get tight, causing Yeley to struggle with the handling of the car coming out of the turns. On lap 322, Yeley brushed the wall, leaving damage to the side of the car. Under caution, the team changed a track bar adjustment, four tires and gas. The car seemed to be handling a little better, but left Yeley several laps down. 

Crew Chief Joe Lax, gave nothing but encouragement to Yeley all throughout the race. "We came in here with the big boys, let's go out with the big boys." Although luck was not on team No. 36's UME Chevy SS this weekend, Lax took time at the end of the race to thank the entire crew for their continued fight all day. "Thanks for all your help boys. You work hard all week. Tough break this weekend."

"That wasn't the weekend we hoped for but the Tommy Baldwin Racing team showed huge improvements and never gave up," Yeley said. "In the face of adversity, that's all we can ask for. There are better weeks ahead, I know that and the team knows that. We'll fight on!"

JJ Yeley finished the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway's FoodCity 500 in 27th. He is currently 91 points behind leader Brad Keselowski in the race for the Sprint Cup Championship. Next week, the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing Team is off to California for the Auto Club 400. Hopefully luck will be on their side this time!

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