Fontana: John Wes Townley preview

* John Wes Townley and RAB Racing will be making their debut at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California in the Stater Bros. 300. * In lieu of the Oscar's this weekend, I asked John Wes what his favorite movie was. His ...

* John Wes Townley and RAB Racing will be making their debut at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California in the Stater Bros. 300.

* In lieu of the Oscar's this weekend, I asked John Wes what his favorite movie was. His response, Kill Bill. Although it is not an Oscar nominated movie, Uma Thurman did win a Golden Globe for her performances in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2.

* Hugh Laurie, star of TV's award winning House, will be in attendance this weekend at Auto Club Speedway as Grand Marshall for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. House happens to be Townley's favorite show on television.

Calling the Shots: RAB Racing named Brad Parrott as crew chief of the No.09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion.

Brad Parrott, son of legendary Sprint Cup crew chief, Buddy Parrott brings with him 20-plus years of experience in the NASCAR industry, working his way up through the ranks with some of the top teams in the motorsports industry including: Penske Racing, Robert Yates Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and most recently Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The veteran crew chief has proven success on the track, amassing 18 NNS victories and has also helped sculpt the career of many top-drivers in the sport today. Parrott has once again been assigned the task of guiding a rookie driver to the top of the NASCAR ranks as he takes on the role of crew chief for John Wes Townley in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Parrott's first race atop the pit box for RAB Racing will be this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Last Time Around: Daytona- Despite handling woes during Saturday afternoon's Camping World 300 at Daytona International Speedway, John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team overcame a 33rd-place qualifying effort to finish a respectable 21st in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opener at the World Center of Racing.

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.

Raybestos Rookie Race: John Wes Townley currently sits third in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 9 points; only two points behind leader, Michael McDowell.

Points Check: Following a 21st-place finish at Daytona International Speedway, Townley sits 22nd in the 2009 driver point standings. Brad Keselowski, who finished one position behind Townley led a lap during Saturday's Camping World 300, therefore putting Townley five points behind 21st place, Brad Keselowski and 90 points behind leader, Tony Stewart.

This Week's Zaxby's Ford: John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 032 in the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Built new for the 2009 season, this chassis will be making its debut at the 2-mile, D-shaped oval.

Hometown Hero: Brett Sumpter, RAB Racing's mechanic and rear tire carrier is from the "Golden State". Sumpter was born and raised in Monterrey, California but currently resides in Huntersville, NC. The 23-year-old currently owns a street stock car and most recently competed at Concord Motorsports Park finishing 7th. In the off season, Sumpter ran in his first 5K marathon. His hobbies are Mountain biking and snowboarding.

John Wes Townley Live: Townley will be participating in the "Fast Cars & Country Stars" concert at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on Thursday, February 19th. The event is hosted by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Jimmie Johnson and includes driver autographs, NASCAR displays and a country music concert starring Jason Aldean and special guest, Jason Michael Carroll. Townley will be signing autographs from 6-7 p.m.

John Wes Townley:

What does it mean to have a veteran crew chief calling the shots for you this weekend?

"It means a lot to me to have such an experienced crew chief on top of the pit box calling the shots. He has worked with a lot of young rookie drivers, and I have no doubt that he will be a great mentor, leader and asset to me and this team."

You have never been to Auto Club Speedway, what are your thoughts on making your debut there?

"I feel confident about this weekend. I've heard that this track is very similar to Michigan and we raced at Michigan last year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and did fairly well. I have Brad Parrott's experience at this track to help guide me and I know that the guys back at the shop built me one heck of a race car so I know the ingredients are right to have a great weekend."

-credit: trab

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Michael McDowell , Chip Ganassi , Robert Yates , Brad Keselowski , Felix Sabates , John Wes Townley
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske , Yates Racing