UPDATE: John Wes Townley sent to hospital after crash

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Driver was hoping to do double duty at Pocono this weekend.

UPDATE: John Wes Townley was treated and released from the hospital in Allentown, Pa., but officials are requiring him to sit out this weekend's racing. As for the ARCA race itself, it's currently in a rain delay.

Driver John Wes Townley was planning to split his weekend between the NASCAR Camping World truck series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, and this afternoon’s ARCA race.

But Townley crashed hard in ARCA qualifying earlier today and was transported to a local hospital. He apparently pancaked the wall with the passenger side of his number 15 Zaxby’s-sponsored ARCA Toyota. Earlier in the day, he had practiced his NASCAR truck, and was seventh fastest. He has a top-five and two top-10 finishes in ARCA at the big tri-oval, and was hoping for better at the ModSpace 125. He won the ARCA season opener this year at Daytona International Speedway. His status for the weekend is unclear.

The 24-year-old Watkinsville, Georgia driver’s father, Tony, is a co-founder of the Zaxby’s chain of fast-food chicken restaurants. Two years ago he attempted to make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start ay Pocono, but hit the wall in practice.

More information as it becomes available.

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Series ARCA
Drivers John Wes Townley
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Tags modspace, zaxby's