Nashville: John Wes Townley preview

* RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Nashville ... In 35 previous appearances to Nashville Superspeedway, three drivers have taken Richard Childress Racing to Victory Lane at Nashville, including Clint Bowyer in 2005, Kevin Harvick in 2006...

* RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Nashville ... In 35 previous appearances to Nashville Superspeedway, three drivers have taken Richard Childress Racing to Victory Lane at Nashville, including Clint Bowyer in 2005, Kevin Harvick in 2006 and Scott Wimmer in 2008. RCR has 16 top-five finishes, 20 top-10s and two poles at the track.

* Experienced Crew Chief ... Dan Deeringhoff, crew chief of the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet, has eight Nashville starts calling the shots on top of the pit box for RCR's NNS program, finishing second four times.

* This Week's Zaxby's Chevrolet at Nashville Superspeedway ... John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 076 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in this weekend's Nashville 300. In March 2009, Clint Bowyer started seventh and finished third with this chassis at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bowyer also posted a seventh-place finish in this car at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in September 2008.

* Nashville Details ... Townley has four previous starts at Nashville Superspeedway -- two in the NNS, one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and one in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, producing a career-best Nashville Superspeedway finish of 18th in the Nationwide Series event last April.

* Dash 4 Cash ... Townley will earn a $25,000 cash bonus award if he wins the Nashville 300 this weekend as part of Nationwide Insurance's Dash 4 Cash bonus program, which is designed to support NNS regulars, up-and-comers and those who compete part-time in the series. In addition to Nashville, Nationwide Insurance will offer a $25,000 cash bonus to eligible race winners at Kentucky Motor Speedway (June 12), Iowa Speedway (July 31) and Texas Motor Speedway (November 6), with a $75,000 year-end bonus awarded at the end of the season to the NNS only driver with the highest cumulative points from the four-race series.

* Double Duty ... In between the Bristol and Nashville NNS races, John Wes Townley traveled to Talladega Superspeedway to participate in an ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards test session, where he was second-fastest among 27 drivers participating in the two-day test. Townley will race in the ARCA event at Talladega on Friday, April 24 to prepare for the next day Aaron's 312 NNS race there.

* Meet the Driver ... Townley will meet race fans during a NNS driver autograph session at the Expo area near Gate 3 at Nashville Superspeedway from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

John Wes Townley:

Talk about going back to Nashville and other tracks on the schedule where you have previous experience.

"We learned a lot last year. I'm really looking forward to getting back to some of the tracks on the schedule because we have gained so much experience since last year and I really think we will be able to apply that experience. We ended up in the top 20 in my first Nashville race in 2009 and I'm confident we can better that. We're just going to apply everything we learned last year."

Will the Dash 4 Cash affect the competition at Nashville this weekend?

"The chance at earning a cash bonus will make everyone more aggressive and that is good for both the drivers and the fans. Plus, Nationwide has increased the payouts for this year so I think that will make the racing even better."

How do you like Nashville Superspeedway?

"It's a lot of fun. It can be a little tricky, at times, off turn two but you really have some room off turn four to let the car in deep. It's a great track to race on. There is a lot of room to move around and that's what it's all about."

Was Nashville a place that you took to quickly or did it take you a while to figure it out as a rookie?

"It took about 15 minutes to really get the hang of it but a lot of things you don't really realize until you get racing, such as the line you run on the track. I typically pick that up fairly well. The race gets started and you end up learning things about a particular track that can end up biting you -- such as how to react on a restart and whether it is better to start on the outside or on the inside. Simple things like that you just kind of learn as you go."

Are you a country music fan?

"I do like some country music. I like more classic country music, though, such as Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Walk the Line was a great movie and it was a nice portrayal of Johnny Cash, too. A lot of those old guys are fun to listen to. Growing up, my granddad liked a lot of the older stuff and my dad liked a lot of the newer stuff. I do like a few of the newer country songs out there today but really any of the older songs -- not just country but classic rock and roll, too -- are really fun to listen to."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Scott Wimmer , Clint Bowyer , John Wes Townley