Daytona: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * John Wes Townley competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday February 7th. The 19-year-old, Watkinsville, GA native steered his way to a career best fourth in just his ...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* John Wes Townley competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway on Saturday February 7th. The 19-year-old, Watkinsville, GA native steered his way to a career best fourth in just his second start at the World Center of Racing.

* Some might have superstitions with qualifying taking place on Friday, February 13th, but John Wes Townley looks at it as an advantage, his favorite number is "13".

* The No. 09 on the left and right sides of the Zaxby's yellow and blue Ford Fusion are special to Townley; he started racing at the age of 9 and this number has followed him up through the ranks.

* Following the Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 14th Townley and his family will head north to St. Simon's Island, GA for a family vacation.

Big Winner:

He didn't walk away with the trophy, but John Wes Townley turned out to be a big winner following Saturday night's ARCA RE/MAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Townley's impressive fourth-place finish in the season opener proved to be enough for the Watkinsville, Ga. native to gain approval to compete in this weekend's season-opening Camping World 300 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

RAB Racing at Daytona:

Competitors driving RAB Racing-owned cars have been racing at Daytona International Speedway since 2005 and have made five starts. The team's best start was 10th (Walt Brannen, 2005) and the best finish is 4th (John Wes Townley, 2009).

RAB Racing in 2008:

RAB Racing finished their third full-time season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series seventh overall in Driver and Owner points with one top-5, nine top-10 and 15 top-15 finishes. In addition to running a full schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the team also competed in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races; (Dover, 30th), (Charlotte, 27th), and (Phoenix, 38th).

The No. 09 in 2009:

After five years of competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, RAB Racing made the leap to a full-time schedule in NASCAR's second tier division; the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Townley will also compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24th.

2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender:

John Wes Townley will compete for the prestigious Raybestos Rookie of the Year award in 2009. Townley will battle other notables such as Brendan Gaughan, Justin Allgaier, Scott Laggase Jr. and Michael Annett.

This Week's Zaxby's Ford:

Crew Chief Blake Bainbridge and the No. 09 team have chosen chassis No. 030 for the season opener, Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway. This is a brand new RAB Racing chassis and will be making its debut at Daytona this weekend.

John Wes Townley:

What does it mean to get approved to run in your first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona?

"I'm very pleased with NASCAR's decision to let me run the Nationwide race here this weekend. It means a lot to me to be in the car the first race of the season. Although I am not new to this team, we are new to the series and the more we work together and learn as a team, the more successful we will be. I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity and prove to NASCAR that they made the right decision."

What is your "game plan" on Saturday?

"My game plan is pretty simple for Saturday. I basically have the same strategy that I had in the ARCA race last weekend. We are going to race smart, stay in line, be patient and make good decisions so we can be there in the end."

-credit: team rab

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Justin Allgaier , Michael Annett , John Wes Townley