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JJ Yeley takes seat with new Cup team

JJ Yeley has signed up to drive for the new Robinson-Blakeney Racing team, while Richard Childress Racing will field Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan in five early Cup races.
JJ Yeley will return to Sprint Cup competition in 2012 after he signed a deal to drive for the new Robinson-Blakeney Racing team.

Yeley raced in a fourth car for Front Row Motorsports for most of 2011 after leaving Whitney Motorsports mid-year and finished the season in 35th place in the drivers championship, but he had seemed unlikely to find a new seat for 2012 until tapped by the new Cup team entrant.

"I am energized and looking forward to working with Jay Robinson and our team beginning at Daytona in the Duel 150 race and building success all the way to Homestead," said Yeley.

Yeley will even be reunited with his former crew chief Tony Furr, as RBR have hired him to co-ordinate and direct the new race venture. "I have enjoyed a good working relationship in the past with Tony Furr as my crew chief and am happy to be partnered with him again on this team," said Yeley.

"I am excited to again be working with a talented driver like JJ, as well as the rest of the team and owners at Robinson-Blakeney Racing," added Furr.

The launch of RBR was announced last week, and is the result of veteran Nationwide Series team owner Jay Robinson partnering with Houston businessman Troy Blakeney to run a full-time Toyota-based Sprint Cup entry in 2012. "We are preparing the team for a very successful 2012 season and we are very pleased to announce our partnerships with Tony and JJ", said Robinson.

Robinson's organisation has entered every Nationwide race since 2001, and fielded drivers including former Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope, Kenny Wallace, Dennis Setzer and Mark Green. His team will continue to field the #28 car in the 2012 Nationwide Series, with a variety of drivers.

Richard Childress Racing adds fourth car to opening races

Richard Childress Racing will field a fourth car for the first five races of the 2012 Sprint Cup season, with Elliott Sadler driving the Daytona 500 before veteran driver Brendan Gaughan then takes over for the next four races.

They will be driving the #33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Impala, which last year was helmed by Clint Bowyer. Bowyer has since left the team and joined Michael Waltrip Racing, and it was expected that RCR would drop down to a three-car line-up consisting of Paul Menard (#27), Kevin Harvick (#29) and Jeff Burton (#31).




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