Kansas: John Wes Townley race report

TOWNLEY TAKES HOME FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TOP-15TH FINISH AT KANSAS CONCORD, NC (4/28/08) John Wes Townley, driver of the No.09 Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T/Saxton Group Ford, finished 15th in Friday's Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway. After a 13th...

TOWNLEY TAKES HOME FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TOP-15TH FINISH AT KANSAS

CONCORD, NC (4/28/08) John Wes Townley, driver of the No.09 Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T/Saxton Group Ford, finished 15th in Friday's Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway. After a 13th qualifying position, Townley ran all 100 laps inside the top-15 and ran as high as eighth in his first ever Kansas start.

"I feel like the weekend as a whole was a success," Driver, John Wes Townley stated. "We practiced, qualified and finished in the top-15. Since I am a rookie driver in the ARCA Series, I know that every time I set foot in the race car, I am given the opportunity to learn something new and apply it to my next race."

The Kansas Lottery $150 Grand was the fourth race among the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Schedule and for this 18-year-old from Watkinsville, GA, it marked the fourth consecutive top-15 finish. Townley currently sits seventh in points, just 20 points behind Scott Speed in fourth.

"This team consistently gives me top-notch equipment," Townley continued. "I know that it will take some time for me to get used to driving these cars and racing them, but I've learned that in this series as long as you take care of your equipment, stay out of trouble and have consistent finishes, you will succeed."

Next up for Townley is the Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway. The Carolina 500 will be the first time the ARCA RE/MAX Series visits the 1.017 mile track and will also be the longest race on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Schedule. Townley and the RAB Racing crew tested Rockingham twice in preparation for the Carolina 500.

"We left the open ARCA test at Rockingham a little uneasy with what we had, so we took the opportunity to go back and test in April, and it paid off. We were able to pick up a lot of speed, and the extra seat time I gained is always a plus. With Rockingham being the longest race of the year, I feel like in order to be successful here you need a car that will go the distance and the endurance for all 312 laps. I feel that we have both."

-credit: rab

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Series ARCA
Drivers Scott Speed , John Wes Townley