Berlin: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: . Unlike fellow ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Matt Carter, John Wes Townley has prior experience at Berlin Raceway. In fact he has raced the 0.4 mile oval twice in the ASA Late Model ...

Fast & Fun Facts: . Unlike fellow ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Matt Carter, John Wes Townley has prior experience at Berlin Raceway. In fact he has raced the 0.4 mile oval twice in the ASA Late Model Series. His most recent appearance was in June 2008 where he finished on the lead lap in the 15th position.

. This weekend's Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200 marks the 21st race at Berlin Raceway since Les Snow won the inaugural ARCA victory in July 1958.

. Berlin Raceway is the 12th event of 2008 and also happens to be the shortest track (.4-miles) on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule.

Kentucky Re-cap: Townley took the green flag at Kentucky Speedway in the 17th starting position and quickly raced his way into the top-10. However, contact with another competitor on a restart forced the rookie to make an unscheduled pit stop to repair a cut left-front tire. After earning the Lucky Dog, Townley was poised for another top-15, but a spin on lap 46 sent him hard into the turn three wall, cutting his night short and taking home a disappointing 34th place finish.

After 11: After 11 of the 21 scheduled events in the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Townley has one top-five and three top-10 finishes; fifth at Kentucky Speedway in May, ninth at Cayuga Motor Speedway in June, and 10th at Daytona International Speedway in February. The SunTrust rookie of the year contender has finished in the top-15 eight out of 11 races, and has an average starting spot of 13.45 and an average finish of 14.00. Townley has completed 96.30% of all laps ran (1742 out of 1809).

Points Check: After a 34th-place finish at Kentucky John Wes Townley dropped 2 spots to 7th in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship point standings. Currently, Townley has 2260 points; only 30 points behind 6th place, Tom Hessert III and 400 points behind leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Robby Benton, owner of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion also has 2260 points.

Testing One, Two, Three, Testing: John Wes Townley and the No. 09, RAB Racing team participated in the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test at Nashville Superspeedway on Tuesday, July 22nd. The Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T/Saxon Group Ford was unofficially 8th quickest with a lap time of 30.250 seconds and a speed of 158.281mph. The full day ARCA Open Test Session was in preparation for the Saturday, August 9th, Toyota 150, which will mark the series 15th appearance at Nashville Superspeedway since 2001.

RAB Racing at Berlin: In just two previous starts at Berlin Raceway, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has an average start of 6.67, an average finish of 14.00 and has completed 98.25% of all laps raced (393 out of 400). In 2007, Justin Marks qualified the No. 65 Crocs Dodge 10th in his first appearance at Berlin Raceway. With 10 laps to go, Marks was battling leader Michael McDowell to stay on the lead lap when the caution came out placing him a controversial one lap down. Having gone one lap down, Marks took the last 10 laps to take care of his equipment bringing home a satisfying 11th place finish.

Rookie Race: Townley is currently sitting fifth in the 2008 SunTrust rookie of the year standings with 226 points; only 14 points behind 4th place, Tom Hessert III and 56 points behind leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Berlin Chassis: John Wes Townley will pilot Chassis No. 009 for the 21st running of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Berlin. This is an RAB Racing short track chassis that Justin Marks piloted in 2007 and John Wes Townley has previously run in 2008 at Salem finishing (7th), Toledo (16th), and Cayuga (9th).

Meet John Wes Townley: If you are making the trip to the "Wolverine State" you can meet John Wes Townley and other ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers from 6:15-6:45 p.m. on the track before the start of the Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200.

John Wes Townley, Driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion: "I'm excited about Berlin because our short track program is really strong and continues to get better. We've fallen a little in the points because of the Kentucky finish, but I have no doubt that we will make it up this weekend."

Keith Hinkein, Crew Chief of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion: "I feel really confident about our car for this weekend. It has proven to be a dependable short track chassis with two top-10 finishes this year. We have a great short-track program and John Wes has a background in short track racing so I am confident that we can bring home another top-10 for the team this weekend."

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Series ARCA
Drivers Michael McDowell , Justin Marks , Tom Hessert III , Brack Maggard , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , John Wes Townley , Robby Benton