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Rick Ware Racing Adding 4th Car at Bristol With JJ Yeley, Slayer to Sponsor

A rock band joins Rick Ware Racing aboard the newly established No. 54 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Slayer, a thrash metal band, will be the primary sponsor for JJ Yeley and RWR. This will be the organization’s fourth entry; it fields full-time entry Nos. 51 and 52 and the part-time No. 53.

“I am super pumped to have the legendary metal band, Slayer, on my Rick Ware Racing No. 54 Chevrolet for one of the greatest races of the year, the Bristol night race!” Yeley said in a team release. “Being able to showcase the legacy that Slayer has created over the past 40 years is a true honor.”

Yeley has driven three races for the team in 2019 so far: the No. 51 at Sonoma Raceway and the No. 52 at Pocono Raceway and Daytona International Speedway. He finished 12th in the latter.

The No. 54 car hasn’t been on the track since 2003 when Todd Bodine raced it and earned an eighth-place finish at Pocono.

The Bass Pro Shops / NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is set to run on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Oh great, another car that will run about 36th all night if noone drops out!

David Baker

Don’t give a crap where it runs, but would love to score some merch!


Everyone shits on these smaller teams. Not fair at all. They are out there doing the best they can. Plus it is fun rooting for the underdogs out their. Not everyone wants to see just the same old front runners. Plus it gives chances for drivers that will never get a chance in a Gibbs or Hendrick car. So even if they are running 30th thru 38th, it is still better than any of us are doing. More power to the underdogs! Plus Slayer Rules!!!!!!!!

Tom B

I’m assuming this is in the MENCS, not Xfinity. Nothing specific about the Brand in the story.

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