Kentucky II: John Wes Townley race report

UPSETTING 34th PLACE FINISH FOR TOWNLEY AT KENTUCKY CONCORD, NC (7/21/08) John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T/Saxon Group Ford, took home a disappointing 34th place finish in Friday night's ARCA 150. Townley took the...

UPSETTING 34th PLACE FINISH FOR TOWNLEY AT KENTUCKY

CONCORD, NC (7/21/08) John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T/Saxon Group Ford, took home a disappointing 34th place finish in Friday night's ARCA 150.

Townley took the green flag at Kentucky Speedway in the 17th starting position and quickly raced his way into the top-ten. However, contact with another competitor on a restart forced the rookie to make an unscheduled pit stop to repair a cut left-front tire. After earning the Lucky Dog, Townley was poised for another top-15, but a spin on lap 46 sent him hard into the turn three wall, cutting his night short.

"That was the hardest hit I've taken in an ARCA car," Townley stated. "We were a little loose, but not enough to where I felt it would cause me to spin. However, when I drove the car off into turn three it snapped out from under me and there wasn't anything I could do to save it. My team works so hard to put together top-notch equipment, so it's hard to watch them load a wrecked race car."

After recording his season best ARCA RE/MAX Series finish of fifth at Kentucky Speedway back in the May race, Townley's 34th place finish marks his season's worst.

The RAB Racing crew is back in the shop today preparing for the open ARCA test at Nashville Superspeedway on Tuesday, July 22nd before heading off to Berlin Raceway this weekend for the Berlin ARCA RE/MAX 200.

"I look forward to testing Nashville," Townley said. "I want to take this opportunity to work on perfecting my line and running consistent lap times. I will be racing both the ARCA car and the NASCAR Truck when we go back to race, so the more track-time I have, the better. I'm also excited about Berlin because our short track program is really strong and continues to get better. We've fallen a little in the points because of the Kentucky finish, but I have no doubt that we will make it up."

-credit: rab

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