Nashville: John Wes Townley race report

HIGH HOPES FALL SHORT FOR TOWNLEY IN MUSIC CITY CONCORD, NC (8/11/08) SunTrust Rookie of the year contender, John Wes Townley, had high hopes going into the Toyota ARCA 150 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, but misfortunes on lap 52 ended...

HIGH HOPES FALL SHORT FOR TOWNLEY IN MUSIC CITY

CONCORD, NC (8/11/08) SunTrust Rookie of the year contender, John Wes Townley, had high hopes going into the Toyota ARCA 150 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, but misfortunes on lap 52 ended Townley's night early.

John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T/Saxon Group Ford, finished a disappointing 33rd in his first attempt on the 1.33-mile track in Music City. However, Townley's weekend started off on a high note as the RAB Racing team unloaded a competitive racecar right off the truck. The eighteen-year-old rookie posted the fourth fastest lap in the closing laps of practice on Friday and the ninth fastest time in the SIM Factory Pole Qualifying on Saturday.

"We were pretty good right off the truck, but fought a tight race car most of the practice," said Townley. "The crew worked hard and made the right adjustments to free me up. We made a mock qualifying run at the end of the practice and shot up the leader board."

Townley started the 113-lap event in the ninth position and was having a solid run until he radioed into the team that he was having trouble with his brakes. By lap 46 he was down to his lowest position of the day, 13th, and on lap 52 a right-front tire blew coming out of turn four sending the No. 09 machine into the wall. The disappointing weekend dropped Townley to seventh in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point standings with 2700 points.

"Our weekend started off strong," Townley said. "We had a fast car in practice and qualifying and I felt very optimistic going into this race. We were having a decent run when it felt like I started losing the brakes. I was trying to be patient and wait for a caution but at that point I heard a pop and the right-front let go. This is unfortunate for my team. The RAB Racing guys give me such a strong car every weekend and I really thought we were going to be able to have a decent run."

Next up for RAB Racing is the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Illinois on Saturday, August 16th. This event is the first of a dirt-track double header for Townley who has no prior experience on this type of track.

"With a recent drop in points, I realize that every point counts," stated Townley. "Although I have no prior experience on dirt, I hope to capitalize on my short-track racing experience and have a good point's day for the RAB Racing team".

-credit: rabr

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