Bristol: John Wes Townley preview

* A Winning Tradition... RCR has a history of success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol, leading all organizations with six victories at the 0.533-mile short track with drivers Kevin Harvick (August 2000, August 2001, March 2003 and...

* A Winning Tradition... RCR has a history of success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol, leading all organizations with six victories at the 0.533-mile short track with drivers Kevin Harvick (August 2000, August 2001, March 2003 and March 2005), Jeff Green (March 2002) and Clint Bowyer (March 2008) posting victories.

* Leader of the Pack... An RCR-prepared Chevrolet has led at least one lap in the last five consecutive spring races at Bristol.

* By the Numbers... In 45 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol, RCR has earned six wins, 20 top-five finishes, 26 top-10s and three poles.

* This Week's Zaxby's Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway ... John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 068 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in this weekend's Scotts Turf Builder 300. In 2009, Clint Bowyer posted Bristol finishes of third (March) and seventh (August) with this chassis. The car last competed at Richmond in September of 2009, where Bowyer finished 11th.

* Bristol Details ... Townley has three previous starts at Bristol Motor Speedway--two in the NNS Series and one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, producing a career-best Bristol finish of 16th in the Nationwide Series event last April.

* Gaining Momentum ... Townley made his RCR debut at Daytona in February, qualifying a career-best fifth. The second-year NNS driver has been gaining steady momentum in the series this season, qualifying sixth at Fontana and posting a career-best 15th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway three weeks ago after leading ten laps.

* Meet the Driver ... Townley will participate in a NNS driver autograph session at the Official NASCAR Merchandise Trailer located behind the grandstand in the North Display Area at Bristol Motor Speedway from 7-8 p.m. on Friday.

JOHN WES TOWNLEY:

How long did it take you to learn the physical aspects of Bristol?

"I learned really fast when I went out there and started my first Bristol race. Within the first 80 to 100 laps my neck was like guitar strings trying to hold it up to the left and that was a learning experience about putting that padding up there, but the place is a lot of fun once you can get it down."

What are your thoughts on short track racing?

"I love it. I grew up short track racing. A lot of guys grew up that way, starting off at nine years old racing Go Karts and Bandolero cars so this is fun. It's just kind of like back to the old days, but there is a lot more speed and a lot more weight to the car. It's a ton of fun."

Talk about the speed at Bristol and your expectations for the race.

"It's phenomenal the speed you can run at such a small track. In the past, when I've run there, I have run pretty well. We were running very well in the fall race last year and we got caught up in a wreck on the front straightaway. We have had a lot of good, positive runs there and I think we can really make something out of it this year."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Clint Bowyer , John Wes Townley
Teams Richard Childress Racing