Yeley to replace Labonte

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. See Hot News page. 11/10/05 J.J. Yeley, who drives in the NASCAR Busch Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, will replace Bobby Labonte in JGR's No. 18 Nextel Cup Series ride next season, has learned. Labonte announced earlier this week he would be leaving JGR at the end of this season. Yeley, 29, will become the second JGR Busch driver in as many weeks to get promoted to Cup. Last weekend, Denny Hamlin was named the driver of JGR's No. 11 Cup ride for 2005. An official announcement of Yeley's promotion is expected Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway, sources said. A team spokesman declined comment late Wednesday. ThatsRacin

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