Charlotte: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * John Wes Townley attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway last Friday, May 15th but when qualifying was rained out the No. 09 Zaxby's Toyota failed to make the ...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* John Wes Townley attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway last Friday, May 15th but when qualifying was rained out the No. 09 Zaxby's Toyota failed to make the field.

* RAB Racing's V.P. of Business Operations/Spotter found out last week she will be having a baby girl, due October 14th.

* Townley, a Watkinsville GA resident took advantage of the two weeks of racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway and has spent the last week in Charlotte with the team in the shop and enjoying all of the Speedweek festivities.

Last Time Around-Darlington: Darlington Raceway lived up to its name as "The Track Too Tough to Tame" in the May 8th, Diamond Hill Plywood 200 after hard contact with the wall resulted in a 34th-place finish and a DNF for John Wes Townley and RAB Racing.

John Wes Townley at Lowe's Motor Speedway: Townley has one career start at LMS. He finished 27th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 on October 10, 2008.

Calling the Shots: Although Townley will be wearing rookie stripes this weekend at LMS crew chief Brad Parrott has one win at the 1.5-mile quad oval with Jeff Burton in October 2002.

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: Townley will pilot chassis No. 032 in this weekend's Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This chassis was previously run in 2009 at Nashville Superspeedway where Townley finished the event 18th.

Points Check: John Wes Townley currently sits 29th in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver point standings with 650 points. Owner Jay Robinson remains 35th in the 2009 championship owner point standings with 672 points; just 142 markers outside the top-30.

Rookie Race: Townley remains 6th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 63 points; just 12 markers behind 5th place, Michael Annett and 39 points behind leader, Justin Allgaier.

After 10: After 10 of the scheduled 35 events on the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Townley has three top-20 and five top-25 finishes. The 19-year-old rookie has an average starting position of 26.55 and average finish of 27.2 and has completed 84.26% of all laps attempted (1500 out of 1780).

John Wes Townley:

There are 51 cars entered on the preliminary entry list for Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend, what are your thoughts going into this event knowing you have to make the field on time?

"Well I have never competed in the spring race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but we did compete in the fall race here. We were required to make the field on time last year as well, and we did so I feel confident in my abilities to make the field this weekend. We had a solid run going last year until a late-race incident and although I am still learning I feel like I am so much further along than I was last year when I was here. We are also bringing a car that we had a top-20 run with at Nashville and I know that my team has worked hard to give me the best set-up. Brad (Parrott) has a lot of experience here including a win so I know all the pieces are here for a solid run this weekend."

-credit: rab

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Justin Allgaier , John Wes Townley