MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Xxxtreme Motorsport announced today plans to compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the March 9 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
J.J. Yeley, who last year drove the No. 36 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing, has been named the driver of the No. 44 Chevrolet. Xxxtreme Motorsports last year fielded Fords for driver Scott Riggs, who qualified for six of the nine races the team entered.
“We’ve switched from Ford to Chevrolet and we’re going out to complete full races,” team owner John Cohen said. “It’s a new team effort we’ve never shown before as far as running the full season.”
Yeley was an easy decision for Cohen to hire as the two have held a great friendship since Cohen arrived in NASCAR back in late 2012. Compiling one pole, eight top 10 and two top five finishes in his short career, Yeley will pilot the team’s signature No. 44 Chevrolet.
“J.J. and I have been friends since I came to NASCAR, we’ve always mentioned working together if we could. This opportunity came about when he mentioned he was available for this season and I knew that he was the driver to take our team to the next level. We’ve always said if we could do something together it would be pretty special,” Cohen said. “JJ and I got together and we’re going to try and do something special in 2014 and beyond.”
Yeley shares Cohen’s excitement for the new beginnings of Xxxtreme Motorsport.
“I am excited that we were able to work it out that we can work together. John has such a deep passion for NASCAR and wanting to be a successful part of it. The program he has in place for 2014 in impressive; the engine package, being self sufficient and still being a small team yet having the feel of a larger team. That for me is all very exciting.”
Xxxtreme Motorsport debuted back in the fall of 2012 with David Reutimann at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.
Walter Giles will remain the team’s crew chief while a sponsor will be announced before the Sprint Cup event at PIR later this month.