NASCAR & Auto Racing

Yeley to drive No. 96 next season

J.J. Yeley is not leaving the Joe Gibbs Racing family after all.

Hall of Fame Racing, a majority ownership which was recently purchased by two executives of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball team, has hired Yeley to drive for the organization's No. 96 team beginning next season, multiple sources have learned.

An official announcement is planned at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the team's shop.

Gibbs currently provides chassis and engines for Hall of Fame Racing and is expected to continue that relationship even after JGR announces a planned move to Toyota next season.

In addition, the name of Hall of Fame Racing is likely to change next season to West Coast Racing, sources said.

West Coast Racing LLC is the name of the company listed as buying a majority interest in the Hall of Fame Racing and with former owners Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach in a minority role, the new ownership is looking at taking a new direction in branding.

Yeley, 30, is winless in 67 career Nextel Cup Series starts and has one top-five finish -- his second in this season's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. He also has one pole.

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