Loudon: John Wes Townley race report

TOWNLEY FINISHES 28TH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDEWAY DEBUT Loudon, NH (6-27-09) -- John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team made their debut this weekend at the "Magic Mile" bringing home a 28th-place finish in Saturday afternoon's...

TOWNLEY FINISHES 28TH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDEWAY DEBUT

Loudon, NH (6-27-09) -- John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team made their debut this weekend at the "Magic Mile" bringing home a 28th-place finish in Saturday afternoon's Camping World RV Sales 200 presented by Turtle Wax.

The 19-year-old Raybestos Rookie contender was the 35th of 47 cars to take time during Saturday morning's time trials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His quick lap of 30.516 seconds (124.813 mph) was good enough to lock the Watkinsville, GA native into the field with a 36th place starting position.

When the green flag dropped on Saturday afternoon's 200-lap event, the Watkinsville, GA native was able to slowly work his way up through the field during a long green-flag run. Despite handling issues on the No. 09 chassis Townley was up to the 31st position one lap down to the race leader before a welcoming opportunity for relief came on lap 52 for debris.

Crew chief, Brad Parrott brought the Zaxby's machine down pit road for a track bar adjustment, four tires and fuel. When green flag racing resumed on lap 58 Townley was scored in the 27th position.

Townley would continue his triumph in the top-30 but another long green flag run would leave the No.09 machine two laps down to race leader Carl Edwards by lap 86.

Still complaining of handling woes Parrott ordered the Zaxby's Ford down pit road during the afternoon's second caution flag for another round of Goodyear tires including an air pressure adjustment and fuel. Townley returned to the racing surface 25th in the running order when racing resumed on lap 108.

Over the next 40 laps of racing Townley ran just outside the top-30 in the 29th position.

On lap 158 the afternoon's third and final caution flag was displayed for debris. Parrott brought the machine down pit road for another set of tires including an air pressure adjustment and fuel in a last attempt to tune in the Zaxby's Ford. Townley was back on the track in the 26th position on lap 161 when racing resumed.

Over the final laps Townley would learn that his car was good on longer runs. By lap 179 he was down to the 30th position but with his never give up attitude Townley would cross the start finish line 28th.

Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team remain 35th in the 2009 Championship Owner point standings with 957 points; 319 points outside the top-30.

Next up for Townley and the Zaxby's Racing team is the Subway Jalapeno 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers John Wes Townley