Rea White, of SceneDaily.com, reports Hall of Fame Racing officials announced Tuesday, March 18, that Steve Boyer will be the new crew chief for driver J.J. Yeley and the No. 96 car, starting with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, March 30. Boyer worked in the engineering department with HOFR since December 2007 and will be taking over for former crew chief Brandon Thomas.
Boyer was previously a crew chief for Sterling Marlin at Chip Ganassi Racing in the last six races of 2004, and the entire 2005 Sprint Cup season. During the last six races of the 2004 season, Boyer and Marlin finished in the top 20 in five out of the six races, which included one top-five finish and three finishes inside the top 15.
In the 2005 season, they posted one top-five finish and five top-10 finishes in 35 races. They did, however, manage seven DNFs, which left Marlin in 30th place in the final point standings that year.
In 2007, he served as the crew chief for Ganassi Racing driver Scott Lagasse Jr. in the ARCA/REMAX Series. In four races with Lagasse, the duo recorded three top-five finishes. Boyer also served as crew chief for Bryan Clauson in the ARCA race at USA Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., where he guided the development driver to a second-place finish.
Yeley competed in five races with Thomas this season but failed to land a finish any higher than 25th. Yeley currently sits 31st in the Cup point standings.
Boyer should help Yeley and his single-car team improve on what has been a somewhat disappointing beginning to the 2008 season. The one thing they have going for them is that they are inside the top 35 in owner's points. However, the chemistry will need to develop between the two before we can recommend a complete turnaround for Yeley this season. Fantasy owners should expect some improvement, but it isn't likely to be as dramatic as some might expect.
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Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.
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