* This Weekend's Zaxby's Chevrolet Impala at Daytona International Speedway ... John Wes Townley will pilot Chassis No. 049 from the Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. In 2009, Clint Bowyer drove this Chevrolet to...
* This Weekend's Zaxby's Chevrolet Impala at Daytona International Speedway ... John Wes Townley will pilot Chassis No. 049 from the Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. In 2009, Clint Bowyer drove this Chevrolet to Victory Lane at Daytona in July, as well as, and a third-place finish in the season opener at the "World Center of Racing" in February. Bowyer also raced this chassis twice in 2008, in the season opener at Daytona and at Talladega, where he finished 25th in both events after being involved in accidents.
* Solid Restrictor Plate Runs ... In eight career starts in the NNS and ARCA Series at Daytona and Talladega, Townley has two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The 19-year-old driver has a 14.6 average finish in restrictor plate races and has completed 97.2 percent (753 of 773) of the laps contested.
* Kicking Off the Season Right ... Townley drove the No. 35 Zaxby's machine for Venturini Motorsports to a third-place finish in last Saturday's ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona International Speedway. Aiding the RCR development driver to the top-five effort was RCR's No. 21 Nationwide Series over-the-wall pit crew.
* Championship Crew Chief ... Dan Deeringhoff, who led Clint Bowyer to the 2008 NNS championship, will serve as crew chief for the RCR's No. 21 Zaxby's Racing team this season.
* Come See JWT ... Townley will sign autographs at the Chevrolet Display, located outside Turn 4 in the Midway FanZone, on Fri., Feb. 12 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
JOHN WES TOWNLEY:
This is your first season driving for RCR. What are your goals and expectations for the 2010 season?
"I'm really excited about the opportunity. RCR has such a rich history in the Nationwide Series and with the knowledge and strong equipment the team has, I'm looking forward to running in the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet. Right now, we want to go out there and have solid runs and finish races but, at the same time, we are going to take one race at a time."
You finished third in last weekend's ARCA Series race at Daytona. Were you able to learn some things in that race to apply to Saturday's Nationwide Series race?
"I certainly did. Driving in the ARCA Series race was a lot of fun. It was definitely good to shake the rust off. We had a strong run and stayed out of trouble. That's what it takes to do well at Daytona. It was a good prelude to the Nationwide Series race and I'm excited about getting back into the car."
Did you spend any time with crew chief Dan Deeringhoff over the off season?
"We tested at a lot Rockingham over the off season, which helped our communication a lot and built chemistry with the team. I've spent a lot of time at the shop, as well, learning the ropes and talking to my new team members. Everyone on the Zaxby's team has been great to work with and I'm looking forward to enhancing our relationships as the year progresses."