John Wes Townley Daytona test summary 2007-12-17

John Wes Townley Drives to Top Three Times in ARCA RE/MAX Daytona Testing WATKINSVILLE, GA. -- John Wes Townley, in his first assault on the Daytona high banks, clocked a best time in ARCA RE/MAX practice good enough to put him third on the time...

John Wes Townley Drives to Top Three Times in ARCA RE/MAX Daytona Testing

WATKINSVILLE, GA. -- John Wes Townley, in his first assault on the Daytona high banks, clocked a best time in ARCA RE/MAX practice good enough to put him third on the time chart at the end of the three-day test.

"That was pretty cool," said the high-school student. "I'd never been on a track that big before. The biggest track I've been on before this is seven-eighths of a mile." Lack of experience on a track the size of Daytona did nothing to hold the teen racer back. In Sunday's afternoon drafting session, he clocked a best time of 49.28 seconds / 182.62 mph, easily in third place for the weekend of testing.

In Sunday's earlier session, with no drafting allowed, his time was, like most others, about a second slower, as the draft speeds everyone up, but still in the top ten. Saturday, he scored a fifth-fast time in the drafting session, showing consistent times throughout the day.

The test sessions lead to the February 9 race, giving ARCA a chance to evaluate new drivers and all drivers a chance to get used to driving Daytona's 2.5-mile superspeedway. "We've just been making small changes," said Townley about driving the Zaxby's Ford. "Wide open is wide open. The changes will be so little that you won't feel it in the car but they'll show up on the stopwatch. It was a good weekend," he added.

Plans for the new season include the entire ARCA RE/MAX schedule. "We're going to run the full ARCA schedule," said Townley. "We're going to run ARCA and fill in open spots, probably with Hooters and NASCAR's Camping World East series. "The best thing you can do is race," he quoted his father as saying. "The more of that I can get, the better I'll be."

-credit: jd

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