Richmond: John Wes Townley preview

* Townley and RAB Racing will be making their debut at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. * When testing is ban in NASCAR you find alternative ways of getting laps around tracks you have never seen before. Therefore, ...

* Townley and RAB Racing will be making their debut at Richmond International Raceway this weekend.

* When testing is ban in NASCAR you find alternative ways of getting laps around tracks you have never seen before. Therefore, John Wes Townley spent most of the day on Tuesday 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. For more information on SimCraft visit www.simcraft.com

* John Wes Townley plans to compete in the Georgia Asphalt Series Late Model race at his home track, Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA., on Saturday night May 2nd.

Last Time Around-Talladega: After a 31st-place qualifying effort, John Wes Townley put in a solid effort in the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion and came away with an 18th-place finish in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 25th.

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: Townley will pilot chassis No. 028 in the Lipton Tea 250 Friday night. This is an RAB Racing chassis that was built new for the 2009 season and happens to be the same chassis Townley piloted at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2009.

After 8: After 8 of the 35 scheduled events on the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Townley has three top-20 and five top-25 finishes. The Watkinsville, GA native has an average starting position of 26.25 an average finish of 25.62 and has completed 84.02% of all laps attempted (1283 out of 1527).

Points Check: After a solid performance at Talladega Superspeedway John Wes Townley gained two positions in the 2009 driver point standings. The 19-year-old Raybestos Rookie currently sits 24th with 589 points. Owner, Jay Robinson gained three positions in the championship point standings and currently sits 32nd with 589 points; just 39 markers outside the top-30.

Rookie Race: Townley remains 6th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 57 points; just six points behind 5th-place Michael Annett and 26 markers behind leader, Justin Allgaier.

A Proven Leader: Although Townley and RAB Racing will be making their debut this weekend at RIR, crew chief Brad Parrott has a previous win at the .750-mile oval; the veteran leader led Carl Edwards to a victory in 2005.

Hometown Hokie: RAB Racing Engineer, Jacob Morrison is a "Hokie" from Mechanicsville, Virginia. The 25-year-old is 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been working with RAB Racing since 2007. Morrison currently resides in Mooresville, NC.

NASCAR Play Revs Up Marietta Theatre: This Wednesday (4-29-09) is opening night at Marietta's Theatre in the Square (Ga.) featuring a play called, "Tradin' Paint". This is a play written by Catherine Bush who won the 2006 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Tradin' Paint is a comedy about racing and romance, dreams and destiny and involves an auto parts clerk whose boyfriend loves her only for her fried chicken. Mercifully, she finds redemption at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Driver John Wes Townley, whose suit is being used in the show, will be on hand to sign autographs and the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford will be parked out front of the theatre on opening night.

The play will be featured on the main stage from April 29-June 7th.

John Wes Townley:

What are your thoughts about going to Richmond, a track you have never seen before, knowing you have to qualify in on time?

Well, I hear that Iowa is the most comparable track that I have raced on to Richmond. I raced at Iowa in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and started 5th and finished 12th so I would say if it's comparable I should do pretty well making the field. Not to mention I will be spending most of the day on Tuesday making laps in a simulator that is set-up for Richmond. I know that it's not the actual car but just getting familiarized with the place will be very beneficial."

"We made some tremendous gains in the point standings after Talladega, so I would love to go to Richmond this weekend have a solid run, finish on the lead lap and gain those 39 points we need to get back inside the top-30."

-credit: trab

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Justin Allgaier , Michael Annett , John Wes Townley