Nashville: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * Keeton Hanks of Auburn, KY started 2nd and finished 5th in the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford in the ASA Late Model Series 100 at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA on Saturday night, April 4th. Hanks, a student at Western Kentucky...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* Keeton Hanks of Auburn, KY started 2nd and finished 5th in the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford in the ASA Late Model Series 100 at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA on Saturday night, April 4th. Hanks, a student at Western Kentucky University is scheduled to drive John Wes Townley's Late Model periodically throughout the season.

* John Wes signed autographs for his hometown fans at the Zaxby's in Watkinsville, GA on Monday April 6th.

* John Wes will spend Easter on Sunday with his family in Watkinsville, GA.

* Nashville Superspeedway, built in 2000, is one of the only three concrete tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

Last Time Around-Texas: Townley qualified 29th and finished 36th in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 4th. The Watkinsville, GA native ran in the top-30 for most of the afternoon but tagged the wall in turn 4 with less the 20 laps remaining.

This week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 032 at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend in the Pepsi 300. This chassis was built new for the 2009 season but made its debut at Auto Club Speedway in February finishing 22nd and was also the chassis that Townley raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February finishing 38th.

John Wes Townley at Nashville: Townley has made one start at the 1.333-mile D-shaped oval; starting 9th and finishing 33rd in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Toyota ARCA 150 on August 9, 2008.

RAB Racing at Nashville: RAB Racing has seven previous starts at Nashville Superspeedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with an average starting position of 11.14 and an average finish of 20.29.

After 5: After 5 of the 35 scheduled events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Townley has one top-20 and three top-25 finishes. The 19-year-old Raybestos Rookie contender has an average starting position of 25.8 an average finish of 26.4 and has completed 79.16% of all laps attempted (775 out of 979 laps).

Points Check: Townley currently sits 34th in the 2009 Driver point standings with 316 points; gaining one spot following Texas. Owner, Jay Robinson remains 37th in the 2009 owner points with 316 points. The No. 09 slipped 27 points after Texas and sits 91 points outside the top-30 therefore, requiring Townley to qualify in the field on time at Nashville.

A Minor Set-back: RAB Racing lost its appeal to the National Stock Car Racing Commission regarding a penalty levied at Daytona in February during opening day inspections. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR stemming from opening day inspection regarding the roll cage on the No. 09 Ford Fusion. The fines assessed to the No. 09 team will still remain in effect; a loss of 100 owner points, a loss of 100 driver points and a fine of $15,000 towards former crew chief, Blake Bainbridge.

Rookie Race: Townley remains sixth in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 35 points; only 5 points behind 5th place, Michael Annett and 22 points behind leader, Justin Allgaier.

Dash 4 Cash: The event this weekend is the Inaugural "Dash 4 Cash" race at Nashville Superspeedway. This is the first stand-alone event for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and is the first of four "Dash 4 Cash" events.

If an eligible driver wins at a Dash 4 Cash event, there's an extra $25,000 added to the winner's purse. The program is open to all NASCAR Nationwide Series-only regulars, up-and-comers and those regulars who may not have a full-time ride. The program is unique to the NASCAR Nationwide Series and was designed specifically with series regulars in mind.

Celebrating the Season: John Wes will participate in an Easter egg toss and coloring contest on Friday, April 10th with fellow drivers and members of the media. The event will help kick off the Easter weekend and be fun for all involved.

John Wes Townley:

What are your thoughts on being outside the top-30 and having to qualify in on time at Nashville?

"Well the good thing is we are going to a track that I have been to and raced at before. I've never competed in a NASCAR race at Nashville, but I have tested and raced an ARCA car there. We qualified top-10 in just my first appearance there last year so I just hope to bring that experience over to my Nationwide car and get a great start for Zaxby's and my RAB Racing team."

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Justin Allgaier , John Wes Townley