Talladega: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * A double header is on order for John Wes Townley and RAB Racing at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The seasoned ARCA RE/MAX Series team will return to their roots in the Talladega ARCA RE/MAX 250 on Friday ...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* A double header is on order for John Wes Townley and RAB Racing at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The seasoned ARCA RE/MAX Series team will return to their roots in the Talladega ARCA RE/MAX 250 on Friday evening, April 24th and Townley will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the 2.66-mile superspeedway on Saturday, April 25th in the Aaron's 312.

* "Little Zack" the Zaxby's mascot will be in attendance this weekend.

Last Time Around-Phoenix: NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the year contender John Wes Townley saw a solid run slip away with less than 50 laps remaining during the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway Friday, April 17th. Tight-handling conditions, combined with a late-race incident with Michael Annett, were the key contributors to a 36th-place finish.

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford:

* John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 021 in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 Friday night. This is a previous chassis from the Yates Racing stables and happens to be the same chassis that David Gilliland sat on the pole with in 2007. This is also the same chassis that Townley piloted in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway finishing 7th.

* Townley will pilot chassis No. 030 in the Aaron's 312 this weekend. This is a brand new chassis built for the 2009 season and happens to be the same chassis that the rookie piloted in the Camping World 300 at Daytona International Raceway in February finishing 21st.

After 7: After 7 of the 35 scheduled events on the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Townley has two top-20's and four top-25 finishes. The Watkinsville, GA native has an average starting position of 25.57 an average finish of 26.57 and has completed 82.68% of all laps attempted (1163 out of 1407).

John Wes Townley at Talladega: Townley has two previous starts at Talladega Superspeedway; starting 16th and finishing 7th in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX 250 and starting 2nd and finishing 18th in the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series Mountain Dew 250.

Townley on Superspeedways: Although Townley has a background in short-track racing the 19-year-old rookie has a proven record when it comes to superspeedways with one top-10, two top-15's and three top-20's in just three starts. Townley also received his best starting position of 2nd for the 2008 NCWTS Mountain Dew 250. Townley has an average start of 12.33 an average finish of 12.0 and has completed 100% of all laps attempted (268 out of 268).

Calling the Shots: Crew chief Keith Hinkein will be back atop the pit box this weekend calling the shots for Townley in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 Friday evening. Hinkein was Townley's crew chief in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2008.

Veteran crew chief Brad Parrott will continue to call the shots for the 19-year-old rookie in the NNS Aaron's 312 on Saturday.

Points Check: After a less than desired result of 36th following the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway RAB Racing slipped one spot in the 2009 owner standings to 35th with 480 points; just 64 markers outside the top-30.

Rookie Race: Townley currently sits 6th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 48 points; just seven markers behind fifth place, Michael Annett and 28 points behind leader, Justin Allgaier.

2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Recap: RAB Racing finished 7th in overall Driver and Owner points with one top-5, nine top-10 and 16 top-15 finishes.

On Board with John Wes Townley and RAB Racing: The No. 09 Zaxby's Ford will have an in-car camera and crew member, Justin Fiedler will be the honorary pit reporter this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. So, get up to speed and on board with Townley and RAB Racing as they go over 300-miles at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

Quoting John Wes Townley:

How do you feel the ARCA RE/MAX Series race will help you on Friday for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race on Saturday?

"Just being out there making laps and learning the draft will be very beneficial. I am so excited to get back to the ARCA RE/MAX Series. I had some success in the series last year especially at Talladega with the top-10. We all know anything can happen out there though so I just plan to race smart, and take in as much as I can for Saturday. We really want to bring home a great finish for Zaxby's in the double-header this weekend."

What are your main goals for the Nationwide race this weekend?

"Well our main goal is to get back into the top-30. To do that we need to have a solid run, avoid the "Big One" and finish on the lead lap. Prior to Phoenix we were making a gain, but had a little trouble last weekend and dropped one spot. RAB Racing is a strong, talented group of people so I have no doubt in my mind we can't attain this goal."

-credit: www.teamrab.com

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Series ARCA , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Gilliland , Justin Allgaier , Michael Annett , John Wes Townley
Teams Yates Racing