Bristol II: John Wes Townley makes series debut

RAB RACING WITH BRACK MAGGARD ANNOUNCES NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES ENTRY AT BRISTOL CONCORD, NC (8/20/08) RAB Racing with Brack Maggard announced today that driver John Wes Townley will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on August 22nd in the...

RAB RACING WITH BRACK MAGGARD ANNOUNCES NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES ENTRY AT

BRISTOL CONCORD, NC (8/20/08) RAB Racing with Brack Maggard announced today that driver John Wes Townley will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on August 22nd in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 18-year-old racer will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford and plans to make seven series starts including; Bristol, Dover, Charlotte, Memphis, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead.

This race will mark the second time RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has entered a car at Bristol Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. RAB Racing fielded current Sprint Cup driver, Carl Edwards, in his second NNS start, in 2004. Edwards qualified the No.03 MAC Tools Ford in the 14th starting position and finished 19th.

"I am really looking forward to my first Nationwide race," stated John Wes Townley. "I've never raced at Bristol, so my main goal is to go out and just qualify, first and foremost. Once in the race, I plan to be patient, race smart and capitalize on my short track racing experience."

Townley's run in the Food City 250 this Friday will add NASCAR Nationwide Series racing to an already expansive list of experience for the rookie driver. Townley has been racing since the age of nine and has amassed multiple championships, wins and poles in many series including; go-karts, Bandoleros, Legends, the ASA Late Model Series, NASCAR Busch East and USAR Pro Cup Series.

In 2008 Townley joined the ARCA RE/MAX Series and RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. In his short time in the series, Townley has competed on 13 different tracks, accumulated one top-five, five top-10's and 10 top-15's and currently sits eighth in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point standings.

"ARCA has been, and continues to be, a great learning experience for me. I have had the opportunity to compete on a lot of different types of tracks and I am looking forward to applying that experience at the next level," said Townley.

Not only is the 18-year-old driver making his NNS Series debut, but he is making it at one of the most unpredictable tracks on the circuit.

"Participating in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol will be a great way for John Wes to be exposed to racing at the next level," stated Robby Benton, owner of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford. "Bristol is a demanding venue, and the Nationwide Series has some of the most competitive racing anywhere. We're going there with the mind set that we just want to qualify for the race and run all 250 laps. That is a tall order for Bristol, but I believe we can deliver on that expectation."

Prior to making his series debut at Bristol, Townley will make his fifth start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for Roush-Fenway Racing. Townley will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 in the O'Reilly 200 in "Thunder Valley". "Townley's run in the NCTS will give him some racing experience that will translate over and hopefully give him a head start for Friday night's race," continued Benton.

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Brack Maggard , John Wes Townley , Robby Benton