THE ZAXBY'S RACING TEAM HAS A TOUGH DAY AT THE WORLDS FASTEST HALF MILE Bristol, TN (8-21-09) -- A flat tire due to debris following the evening's fourth caution in the Food City 250 leads to more problems and ultimately a DNF and a 33rd-place...
THE ZAXBY'S RACING TEAM HAS A TOUGH DAY AT THE WORLDS FASTEST HALF MILE
Bristol, TN (8-21-09) -- A flat tire due to debris following the evening's fourth caution in the Food City 250 leads to more problems and ultimately a DNF and a 33rd-place finish for John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team on Friday evening.
The No. 09 entry remains 34th in the 2009 championship owner point standings with 1513 points; 452 points outside the top-30.
During Friday afternoon's time trials, the 19-year-old rookie toured the .533-mile oval in 16.169 seconds (118.672 mph) locking the Raybestos Rookie contender into the field with a 21st place starting position.
Townley lined up on the inside of row 11 for the 250-lap event and remained just outside of the top-20 for the opening 30 laps. While the leaders stayed on the track, crew chief Brad Parrott brought the No. 09 machine down pit road under caution for fuel and a chassis adjustment to aid in the handling of a loose race car. Townley restarted 25th when the field when back to green on lap 35.
Just four laps later the evening's third caution flag was displayed for an accident in turn-3. While the leaders hit pit road Townley was able to stay out on the track and would restart 18th on lap 47.
The No. 09 Zaxby's Ford would remain in the 18th position over the next seven laps until the fourth caution flag was displayed for a multi car accident involving the leaders on lap 54. Unfortunately, Townley would run over debris on the front stretch puncturing the left rear tire and would be forced to bring the yellow and blue machine down pit road for four tires and fuel.
The multi-car incident would bring out the red flag for over 15 minutes and the No. 09 machine would be penalized for pulling up to pit and pitting too early. When green flag racing resumed on lap 58 the Zaxby's machine would restart 30th one lap down.
Townley would remain just inside the top-30 over the next 50 circuits until the 19-year-old rookie tagged the wall on lap 112. The No. 09 machine would suffer from right side damage and front end damage. Parrott would bring the Zaxby's Ford down pit road four times over the next 29 laps to fix the front end alignment on the machine.
However, on lap 150 Townley would lose control of the ill handling race car once again and this time be forced to bring the yellow and blue machine behind pit wall. Townley would be scored with a 33rd-place finish, 121 laps down to race winner David Ragan.
Up next for Zaxby's Racing is the Napa Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal Canada. Boris Said will be back behind the wheel of the No. 09 machine as he makes his third career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the 2.71-mile road course. Said's best start in Montreal is 4th (2007) and his best finish is 5th (2008).
Townley will be back behind the wheel of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford in two weeks at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Watkinsville, GA native will make his debut at his home track on Saturday, September 5th in the Degree V12 300.