Michigan: John Wes Townley race report

TOWNLEY ESCAPES THE IRISH HILLS WITH A TOP-15; MOVES TO 5TH IN POINTS CONCORD, NC (6/17/08) SunTrust Rookie of the year contender, John Wes Townley, brought home a less than satisfying 13th-place finish in the rain delayed Racing for Wildlife...

TOWNLEY ESCAPES THE IRISH HILLS WITH A TOP-15; MOVES TO 5TH IN POINTS

CONCORD, NC (6/17/08) SunTrust Rookie of the year contender, John Wes Townley, brought home a less than satisfying 13th-place finish in the rain delayed Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

After qualifying eighth and running in the top-five for most of the day in his first-career start on the 2-mile oval, Townley was poised for a top- five finish, but misfortunes on pit road caused the Watkinsville, GA native to play catch-up in the closing laps.

As the No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS/Saxon Group Ford Fusion was exiting pit road for what should have been the team's last pit stop of the day, Townley made contact with the No. 20 of Justin Lofton, forcing the No. 09 machine back onto pit road to repair the damage on the right-front fender. Townley restarted 24th with 40 laps remaining and was able to climb back up to 13th position before the checkered flag was waved on the 100-lap event.

"RAB Racing gave me such a great car and I am confident we would have finished in the top-five," stated Townley. "I know it's not the finish we were hoping for, but we were able to come back and make the most of it and come out of Michigan with a decent point's day."

While most drivers in the ARCA RE/MAX Series will take a week off before heading over the border to Cayuga Speedway Park in Ontario, Canada for the Cayuga ARCA 250, Townley will be making his second start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Friday, July 20th at the Milwaukee Mile. The 18- year-old will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 fielded by Roush-Fenway Racing in the Camping World RV Sales 200.

-credit: rabr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Lofton , John Wes Townley