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Two of NASCAR’ 2015 Sprint Cup Series Drivers from Arizona

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Phoenix, ARIZ. (November 17, 2015) – Two of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series drivers are from right here in Arizona.  Alex Bownam in the No. 7 and JJ Yeley in the No. 26 got their start in the Copper State.

Pheonix’s JJ Yeley started racing Quarter Midgets at the age of 14.  From there, he moved into Sprint Cars, progressing in to Silver Crown cars.

The Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500 from Phoenix International RacewayAt the age of 21, JJ had the opportunity to race in the IRL IndyCar Series.  His first IndyCar race was right here at Phoenix International Raceway.  While racing in the IRL, JJ was the youngest driver at that time to qualify for the Indy 500.  He started 13th and finished 9th.  After just 5 races, Yeley’s funding fell through and he went back to racing USAC.

Yeley ttook the USAC Silver Crown championship in 2002.  2003 was a banner year for JJ.  He has 24 USAC wins, topping then record holder AJ Foyt.  Foyt’s record was from 1961 after he won 19 races.  Yeley is one of only two drivers in USAC history to win the “Triple Crown,” capturing the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown championships in a single season.  NASCAR’s Tony Stewart would be that other driver.

Yeley began driving in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2004 as a part time driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.  Of the 17 races he ran, Yeley had four top-10 finishes.

Over the years, JJ Yeley has moved through the NASCAR ranks.  He currently drives the No. 26 Maxim Toyota.

Yeley started 33rd and finished 29th in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Quicken Loans Race for Heroes at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.

Tucson’s Alex Bowman began racing Quarter Midgets at the age of 7.  Between 2000 and 2006, Alex racked up nine Quarter Midget national Championships and won 165 feature races.  Over the years Bowman moved the the ARCA and K&N series, moving in to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2013 where he finished 11th in points..

Bowman has his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Daytona Motor Speedway in 2014.  His best starting position was right here at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday when he started in the No. 7 position.  Hi best finish was 13th at Talladega.

Today, Bowman drives the No. 7 Nikko RC/Toy State Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Bowman started 7th and finished 38th in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Quicken Loans Race for Heroes at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.

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