Nashville II: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * In preparation for this weekend's events at Nashville Superspeedway Townley spent some time this week making laps in a SimCraft Simulator. The simulator is designed to provide the driver with a true-to-life racing ...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* In preparation for this weekend's events at Nashville Superspeedway Townley spent some time this week making laps in a SimCraft Simulator. The simulator is designed to provide the driver with a true-to-life racing experience. Three degrees of freedom roll, pitch and yaw let the driver experience realistic car racing forces while software integration enables drivers to learn the nuances of virtually any racetrack.

* The Zaxby's Late Model won the pole and finished second at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway on Saturday, May 30th. The car was driven by Keeton Hanks of Auburn, KY. Hanks will drive the car again on Saturday, June 6th at a Late Model Race in Cordele, GA.

Last Time Around-Dover: A promising weekend for John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team was bashed Saturday when the 19-year-old rookie was involved in an incident on lap 26 and left with a 38th-place finish in the Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway.

John Wes Townley at Nashville Superspeedway: Townley has three career starts at the 1.333-mile oval of Nashville Superspeedway. The Watkinsville, GA native started 9th and finished 33rd in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Toyota ARCA 150 on August 9, 2008. Started 18th and finished 30th in the Camping World Truck Series race on August 9, 2008 and started 18th and finished 18th in the Pepsi 300 on April 11, 2009.

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: Townley will pilot chassis No. 032 at Nashville Superspeedway in the Federated Auto Parts 300. This is the same chassis that Townley steered to an 18th place finish Nashville in April and has also appeared at Auto Club Speedway finishing 22nd and Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing 38th.

Points Check: John Wes Townley currently sits 30th in the 2009 Driver point standings following the Heluva Good! 200 at Dover International Speedway. Owner, Jay Robinson sits 35th in the Owner point standings with 746 points; 247 points outside the top-30.

Rookie Race: Townley remains 6th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 64 points.

After 12: After 12 of the scheduled 35 events on the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Townley has three top-20 and five top-25 finishes. The 19-year-old rookie has an average starting position of 27.2 and average finish of 27.7 and has completed 77.07% of all laps attempted (1526 out of 1980).

Truckin' It: John Wes Townley will run the No.15 truck for Billy Ballew Motorsports in the Milwaukee 200 at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday, June 19th. Townley has one career start at Milwaukee. He started 11th and finished 18th in the Camping World Truck Series race at Milwaukee on June 20, 2008. However, this event will help give the 19-year-old rookie seat time in preparation for the Camping World RV Rental 250 on June 20th.

Tornado Relief Fund Team Challenge: Nationwide Insurance along with NASCAR and the Nashville Superspeedway has put together a Tornado Relief Fund Team Challenge to help raise money for the American Red Cross and the victims of the Murfreesboro tornados in April. RAB Racing and Zaxby's are doing their part to help by collecting donations and hosting a bake sale during race weekend activities at Nashville Superspeedway. To donate please contact Jessica Caulder directly or visit the bake sale outside the Nationwide Series hauler on Friday and Saturday.

John Wes Townley Live: Townley along with fellow Nationwide Series drivers will participate in an autograph session at Nashville Superspeedway outside the Nationwide display in the vendor area from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 6th. Donations from fans will be accepted for the Nashville area American Red Cross to assist in tornado relief efforts.

John Wes Townley:

Nashville Superspeedway is the first track you are re-visiting on the 2009 Nationwide Series schedule, do you think this will benefit you at all considering you are a rookie in the series?

"Absolutely. There are quite a few tracks on the circuit that I have never even seen so just knowing that I was here two months ago will be very beneficial to me and the entire Zaxby's Racing team."

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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