John Wes Townley preview

* Townley has one start at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Roush Fenway Racing; qualifying 18th and finished 35th (Fall/2008). * Townley took advantage of the off weekend by vacationing...

* Townley has one start at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Roush Fenway Racing; qualifying 18th and finished 35th (Fall/2008).

* Townley took advantage of the off weekend by vacationing with his family at St. Simon Island in Georgia.

* Congratulations to Jacquelyn Briscoe, the teams V.P. of Business Operations/Spotter; she recently announced her engagement to Getty Cavitt, Jack Man on the No. 32 Nationwide car for Brian Vickers.

Last Time Around: Las Vegas- John Wes Townley and the No. 09 RAB Racing team encountered multiple mishaps in their Las Vegas Motor Speedway debut resulting in a 38th-place finish in the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday, February 28th.

Halfway through final practice on Friday, Townley hit the wall in turn four, forcing the team to pull out a back-up car. With no further practice before qualifying, the No. 09 team settled for a 41st-place qualifying effort.

When the green flag dropped for the 200-lap event, Townley quickly made work of the cars in front of him and was sitting 35th when the first caution was waved on lap six. Crew chief, Brad Parrott called the No. 09 machine down pit road for a track bar adjustment and fuel. Townley would restart 28th.

The 19-year-old rookie was able to stay out of trouble through the next two caution periods and was up to the 20th position before a restart on lap 25. As Townley was entering turn four, a car got underneath him causing the air to be taken off his spoiler, ultimately sending the Zaxby's Ford Fusion into the turn four wall. Townley would finish the caution plagued event in the 38th position.

Raybestos Rookie Race: Townley currently sits sixth in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year championship point standings with 20 points; only 17 points behind leader, Brendan Gaughan.

Points Check: After a 38th-place finish in the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, John Wes Townley driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion sits 38th in driver points. Owner, Jay Robinson is currently 41st in points. Both driver and owner have 146 points; 369 points behind the leader.

RAB Racing Appeal: On March 9, 2009, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of RAB Racing regarding the No. 09 NASCAR Nationwide Series car. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR stemming from opening day inspection on February 10, 2009 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Daytona International Speedway.

The penalties assessed were:

* A loss of 100 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship Car Owner Points for owner, Jay Robinson

* A loss of 100 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship Driver Points for driver, John Wes Townley

* A $15, 000 fine and probation until December 31, 2009 for crew chief Blake Bainbridge.

It was the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.

This Week's Zaxby's Ford: John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 024 in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This is a previous Matt Kenseth chassis from Roush-Fenway Racing that he drove to victory lane in 2006 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Townley also piloted this same chassis at Dover in 2008 finishing 30th and Charlotte finishing 27th.

John Wes Townley Live:

* Townley will also appear at the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver autograph session on Friday, March 20th. The event is scheduled from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Fest.

John Wes Townley:

You failed to qualify for the Fall Nationwide race at Bristol in 2008, what is your approach for this race?

"We did really well in practice last year prior to qualifying but just lost it in our qualifying attempt. Being guaranteed in this time makes a huge difference and will give us some room to work with the car and the track. When it is all said and done though, Bristol is one of those tracks that is one part luck and one part survival. I'm going to lean on Parrott for guidance, race smart and capitalize on my short track racing experience."

-credit: trab

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Brendan Gaughan , Brian Vickers , John Wes Townley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing