Salem: John Wes Townley race report

TOWNLEY JUMPS TO 4TH IN POINTS AFTER A SEVENTH PLACE FINISH AT SALEM CONCORD, NC (4/14/08) After a two hour rain delay at Salem Speedway Sunday afternoon, SunTrust Rookie of the year contender, John Wes Townley, strapped into his No.09 Zaxby's...

TOWNLEY JUMPS TO 4TH IN POINTS AFTER A SEVENTH PLACE FINISH AT SALEM

CONCORD, NC (4/14/08) After a two hour rain delay at Salem Speedway Sunday afternoon, SunTrust Rookie of the year contender, John Wes Townley, strapped into his No.09 Zaxby's - SPS Ford Fusion, for what would be his first time competing at the .555 mile track.

With an 18th place starting position, Townley was forced to play it cautious early on, and in turn avoided what could be considered the "big one" on lap 30 when more than 10 cars piled up on the backstretch. Townley then fought hard and raced his way up into the fourth position before settling in for an impressive 7th place finish.

"This track is all about survival," John Wes Townley stated. "I knew starting 18th would be a challenge, but I just tried to stay patient the majority of the race and it paid off. Unfortunately, toward the end of the race while running fourth, I got caught up with Bryan Silas and caused some right-front damage. But after the team quickly made repairs to the car, we were able to take home a top-ten finish."

This seventh place finish moves 18-year-old Townley from 10th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point standings to fourth. Townley is currently the youngest full time competitor in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

"I'm really excited about being in the top-five in points," Townley continued. "Being a rookie in this series I know that I have a lot to learn, but being with a first-class organization has been a real plus. It's exciting to be able to go to Salem and run the way we did. I can't say enough about this team."

Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is Iowa Speedway for the Prairie Meadows 250. Along with attending the open test on April 1st, Iowa is one of the few tracks among the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule that Townley has experience racing on. In 2007 he competed in the Camping World Series East division as well as the ASA late Model Series.

"I am very excited about racing at Iowa. Having competed in two races last year and attending the open test in April, I feel like I have the seat time and confidence needed to succeed at this track. RAB Racing constantly puts me in excellent equipment and I look forward to learning more and more every day."

-credit: rabr

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