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Yeley's confidence, chances to win grow
On Sunday morning at Las Vegas, No. 18 crew chief Steve Addington told me why J.J. Yeley has improved in both his Busch and Cup cars. He said the 18 team has struggled for three years so he sat down with Yeley and said, "People are overlooking us. Let's just have fun and do this the way we want to do it. The job is yours. You're not going to lose your job. Do what you know how to do which is race." Yeley looked at tapes of last year's Busch Series races and realized that he had been putting himself in bad positions. Addington said that when Yeley had a 7th-place racecar, he would ruin a top-10 finish by trying to take 6th or 5th. It's not that he doesn't want to win, but he has to learn not to put his car in a bad spot trying to move up. It was a revelation to Yeley he said he had to use his head a little bit more so that he would be there at the end.
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