Cayuga: John Wes Townley race report

TOWNLEY TAKES HOME A TOP-TEN FINISH NORTH OF THE BORDER CONCORD, NC (7-1-08) The ARCA RE/MAX Series traveled north to Nelles Corners, Canada this past weekend where the series took on the first race outside of the U.S. since 1992. John Wes ...

TOWNLEY TAKES HOME A TOP-TEN FINISH NORTH OF THE BORDER

CONCORD, NC (7-1-08) The ARCA RE/MAX Series traveled north to Nelles Corners, Canada this past weekend where the series took on the first race outside of the U.S. since 1992. John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's/BB&T/SPS Ford, took the green for the inaugural Cayuga ARCA/REMAX 250 in the 16th position, but with smart driving and a cool temper, Townley managed to walk away with a ninth-place finish.

Townley dodged a few potential race-ending incidents when his No. 09 Ford Fusion was first caught up in a multi car wreck causing him contact with the turn-two wall, and then again halfway through the event when contact with another competitor sent him spinning in turn-four. With no significant damage, the 18-year-old recovered and wound up racing side-by-side for position when the checkered flag waved on lap 257.

"This was undoubtedly the roughest race track I have ever driven on," said 18-year-old Townley. "It was unfortunate that we got turned around, but lucky we didn't hit anything and remained on the lead lap. We'll take this top-ten finish and move on to Kentucky, which has become my favorite race track on the circuit."

This ninth place finish marks the third top-ten and the eighth top-fifteen finish for Townley in only ten ARCA RE/MAX Series races completed in 2008. Townley remains fifth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point standings.

ARCA will take a two week hiatus before resuming action on Friday July 18 in the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Townley will pull double duty that weekend when he pilots the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' Built Ford Tough 225 on the 1.5-mile oval the following evening.

The Watkinsville, Ga. driver will use the upcoming off-weekend to sharpen his short track skills in a 100 lap Late Model race in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, Ga. on Friday night July 4th.

-credit: rab

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