Daytona: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * John Wes Townley had a birthday over the winter break; he turned 19 on Wednesday, December 31st. * You will not see John Wes with eye glasses any more. The Watkinsville, GA native had laser eye surgery January 8th. * John...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* John Wes Townley had a birthday over the winter break; he turned 19 on Wednesday, December 31st.

* You will not see John Wes with eye glasses any more. The Watkinsville, GA native had laser eye surgery January 8th.

* John Wes Townley made his first appearance at Daytona International Speedway in the 2008 Daytona ARCA 200 starting 19th and finishing 11th.

* The 2009 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 marks the 46th appearance at the 2.5-mile oval for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

RAB Racing at Daytona:

Competitors driving RAB Racing-owned cars have been racing at Daytona International Speedway since 2005 and have made four starts. The team's best start was 10th (Walt Brannen, 2005) and the best finish is 11th (John Wes Townley, 2008).

RAB Racing in 2008:

RAB Racing finished their third full-time season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series seventh overall in Driver and Owner points with one top-5, nine top-10 and 16 top-15 finishes. In addition to running a full schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the team also fielded cars in seven NASCAR Nationwide Series races.

Testing One, Two, Three, Testing:

John Wes Townley and RAB Racing attended the open ARCA RE/MAX Series test in December at Daytona International Speedway. Townley posted the 9th fastest time in single car runs with a speed of 180.397 mph and the 12th fastest time in overall drafting runs with a speed of 181.715 mph.

The No. 09 in 2009:

After five years of competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, RAB Racing will make the leap to a full-time schedule in NASCAR's second tier division; the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Driver John Wes Townley will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford and battle other notables for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. Townley will also compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24.

Daytona Chassis:

Crew Chief Blake Bainbridge and the No. 09 team are bringing chassis No. 017 to the 46th running of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. This is the same chassis Townley drove to an 11th place finish in the 2008 Daytona ARCA 200. This is also the same chassis that Boris Said ran in the 2007 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

John Wes Townley Live:

John Wes Townley will be attending the Race & Rock Fest on Tuesday, February 10th from 6-8 p.m. Race & Rock Fest offers high-octane entertainment to help kickoff NASCAR's season, Speedweeks 2009 at Daytona International Speedway. Some of NASCAR's most popular drivers will be in attendance, along with performances by rock'n'roll and country music stars, show cars, games and sponsor exhibits.

John Wes Townley:

You made your ARCA RE/MAX Series and superspeedway debut at Daytona International Speedway last year, finishing 11th. What are your thoughts on going back now that you have some superspeedway experience?

"I have made some tremendous gains in one year as a driver. This biggest gain is having the confidence necessary to go out and compete at Daytona. You have to have a lot of confidence in yourself and your team to go door-to-door at the high speeds on these superspeedways. One of our best finishes last year came at Daytona, which was 11th; I plan to step that up a notch this year and knock one of those 1's of that number and make it a win". I can't wait to get back out there in my Zaxby's Ford Fusion."

-credit: rab

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Series ARCA
Drivers Boris Said , John Wes Townley