TOWNLEY BRINGS HOME FOURTH TOP-20 FINISH OF THE SEASON AT THE MONSTER MILE Dover, DE (9-26-09) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series traveled north to Dover, DE for the 28th race of the 2009 season. The stop, The Monster Mile at Dover International ...
TOWNLEY BRINGS HOME FOURTH TOP-20 FINISH OF THE SEASON AT THE MONSTER MILE
Dover, DE (9-26-09) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series traveled north to Dover, DE for the 28th race of the 2009 season. The stop, The Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway. After being out of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford for three weeks Townley got back behind the wheel at what he calls his "favorite track" on the circuit and proved that theory by bringing home an 18th place finish in the Dover 200 on Saturday.
The solid effort was Townley's best finish at the 1-mile oval and his fourth top-20 finish in 20 starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Additionally, the Watkinsville, GA native closed the gap on 32nd in the 2009 championship owner point standings. The No. 09 entry remains 33rd with 1,838 points; just 57 markers behind 32nd and 434 points outside the top-30.
Townley started off the weekend by gracing the top of the speed charts in 8th during the morning practice session on Friday. With confidence in his Zaxby's Ford, the 19-year-old rookie was able to back up those speeds with a lap time of 23.931 seconds (150.432 mph) on Saturday morning, locking the No. 09 team into the field with an 8th place starting position; a career best start for the team.
As clouds rolled in, the cars rolled off the starting grid for the 200 lap event at the Monster Mile. Townley easily settled into the top-15 during the opening laps of the race and ran competitively inside the top-20 for the first 100-laps of the caution free event. Due to the long green-flag run there were only 11 cars on the lead lap and Townley was scored 2 laps down to race leader, Kyle Busch when the first caution flag was displayed on lap 110 for debris.
Brad Parrott brought the yellow and blue Zaxby's Ford Fusion down pit road for the second time on lap 112 for four Goodyear Eagles including an air pressure adjustment and fuel. The solid stop would line the No. 09 machine up on row 10 in the 20th position for the final 85 laps.
A strong chassis and smart driving would keep the No. 09 machine inside the top-20 for the rest of the afternoon. Crew chief Brad Parrott and the Zaxby's team worked throughout the remainder of the race to gain the two laps they lost early on but were unsuccessful due long green flag racing. However, Townley was able to gain two positions in the closing 10 laps to finish 18th, two laps down to race winner Clint Bowyer.
Up next for the No. 09 Zaxby's team is Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, October 3rd. Townley has one prior start at the 1.5-mile oval finishing 15th in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Kansas Lottery $150 Grad.