Dover II: John Wes Townley preview

* The Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway this weekend marks one year ago that John Wes Townley and RAB Racing made their NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. In just their first full year of competition, RAB Racing has accumulated one top-15,...

* The Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway this weekend marks one year ago that John Wes Townley and RAB Racing made their NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. In just their first full year of competition, RAB Racing has accumulated one top-15, five top-20 and nine top-25 finishes.

* John Wes Townley, a 19-year-old Raybestos Rookie claims Dover International Speedway as "his favorite track" on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit.

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 024 in the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway this weekend. This is a previous Roush Fenway Racing chassis that Matt Kenseth drove to victory lane in 2006 and was last seen at Bristol Motor Speedway where Townley finished 33rd.

John Wes Townley at Dover: Townley has two starts at the 1-mile oval including his best start and finish of 21st and 30th respectively following engine woes in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World RV Sales 200 on September 20th.

Last Time Around-Richmond: Travis Kvapil filled in for John Wes Townley at Richmond Int'l Raceway on Friday, September 11th. The 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion overcame a 35th-place qualifying effort and on-track adversity to bring home a respectable 20th-place finish in the Virginia 529 College Savings 300; posting RAB Racing's 5th top-20 finish of the 2009 season.

Points Check: Following a top-20 finish at RIR the No. 09 entry moved up one position to 33rd with 1,729 points in the 2009 owner point standings; 102 markers behind 32nd and 529 points outside the top-30. John Wes Townley is currently 32nd in the driver point standings.

Rookie Race: Townley currently remains 7th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the year battle.

In The Garage: Ashley Parlett, RAB Racing's chassis/brake specialist calls Dover Int'l Speedway her "home track". The 26-year-old Wye Mills, MD native grew up racing open-wheel sprint cars. She built every car she ever raced and when the time came to grow up and get a job she didn't venture far from her roots. Parlett has worked for RAB Racing the last two years and continues to be one of only a few female mechanics in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage.

We Are Guessing He Signs His Name Fast Too: John Wes Townley will join other NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, September 26th from 9:15-10:15 a.m. ET in the Fan Zone at the "Official Trackside Merchandise Trailer" prior to qualifying.

-credit: rabr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , John Wes Townley , Travis Kvapil
Teams Roush Fenway Racing