Dover II: John Wes Townley debut preview

JOHN WES TOWNLEY TO RUN NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT DOVER CONCORD, NC (9/16/08) John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS Ford Fusion, is scheduled to run the Camping World RV Sales 200 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover ...

JOHN WES TOWNLEY TO RUN NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT DOVER

CONCORD, NC (9/16/08) John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS Ford Fusion, is scheduled to run the Camping World RV Sales 200 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, September 20, 2008.

The 18-year-old Watkinsville, GA native is slated to make his first Nationwide Series start at the "Monster Mile" after narrowly missing the field at Bristol in August. The Zaxby's team came out of the gate strong with two solid practice sessions, which left the team with confidence heading into qualifying. Unfortunately, Townley had a stroke of bad luck and hit the wall, eliminating his chances to make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start. Since the team had such a strong car at Bristol, they have elected to bring the same chassis back to Dover.

"I've never competed at Dover, but I'm looking forward to it," admitted Townley. "We have had some strong runs on the intermediate tracks this year so I have no doubt that we will unload competitive and remain in contention throughout the weekend."

Crew Chief Blake Bainbridge has chosen chassis No. 024 for the event this weekend due to its strong efforts at Bristol and feels confident entering the weekend.

"John Wes gained a lot of valuable experience at Bristol," stated Bainbridge. "As a team we were able to compile notes and data that will benefit him this weekend as he prepares to make his first start at Dover. The track can be challenging, but with the experience Townley has gained this year, we feel prepared as ever to make that first start. He's also coming off a good run at Salem in the ARCA RE/MAX Series so we hope to bring that momentum to our Nationwide program this weekend."

Team owner Robby Benton is also looking forward to the high-banked concrete oval.

"We're attempting to make our first race at Dover as a team," commented Benton. It's a very challenging and mentally demanding track, and Dover is the kind of speedway that at the end of the day, a good finish is just finishing. We expect this event to be one of the most difficult races we've run, but I feel like we have a great car and John Wes will enjoy racing there."

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers John Wes Townley , Robby Benton