Bristol II: John Wes Townley preview

* Townley attempted to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at BMS one year ago when he failed to qualify for the Food City 250. * John Wes Townley's driver coach and spotter David Green holds the track record at Bristol Motor Speedway in the...

* Townley attempted to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at BMS one year ago when he failed to qualify for the Food City 250.

* John Wes Townley's driver coach and spotter David Green holds the track record at Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for qualifying; 126.495 mph (2003).

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: Townley will pilot chassis No. 024 in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This is a previous chassis from the Roush Fenway Racing stables that Matt Kenseth drove to victory lane in 2006 at BMS and also happens to be the same chassis that Townley piloted in March at BMS bringing home his series best finish of 16th.

John Wes Townley at Bristol: 19-year-old Raybestos Rookie contender, John Wes Townley will head back to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend where he brought home a pair of career firsts and still his best qualifying and finish of 2009. Townley qualified 12th and finished 16th in the March 21st Scotts Turf Builder 300 at BMS; marking the rookie's best start and finish to date.

Season Review: After 23 of the scheduled 35 events on the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule, Townley has three top-20 and seven top-25 finishes.

Last Time Around-Michigan: Following an 18th place effort in final practice on Friday, Townley would wreck on lap one of qualifying on Saturday morning and fail to take a time during time trials, leaving the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford with a DNQ.

Points Check: John Wes Townley currently sits 28th in the 2009 Driver point standings following a DNQ at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Owner, Jay Robinson remains 34th in the 2009 owner point standings with 1449 points; 388 markers outside the top-30.

Rookie Race: Townley remains 6th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 106 points.

Children's Tumor Foundation-Helmet Raffle: RAB Racing along with Zaxby's and John Wes Townley will raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF) by raffling off a signed NNS driver helmet following the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Please see the team website (www.teamrab.com) for more details and where to purchase your tickets.

A Proven Champion: David Green, the 1994 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion has been working with John Wes since Dover (May, 2009) as his driver coach and spotter. Green has worked with other rookie drivers such as Stephen Leicht and Landon Cassill.

Cast Your Vote: You can now log onto www.teamrab.com and vote for your favorite NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. Only one vote per day but you are encouraged to vote throughout the remainder of the season. Results of the voting will be announced at the awards banquet at the end of the year.

John Wes Townley:

What is your mindset going into Bristol knowing that it's a track where anything can happen?

"Bristol is a fast short track with a lot of side by side racing but it is a track where anything can happen. I consider it one part luck and the other part survival. We had a good run there earlier this year so I hope to start where we left off and bring home a top-15 finish for everyone at Zaxby's and RAB Racing.

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , David Green , Landon Cassill , Stephen Leicht , John Wes Townley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing