Iowa: John Wes Townley preview

Fast & Fun Facts: * The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make its debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend. The .875-mile tri-oval opened in September 2006. * This is the third of four "Dash 4 Cash" races that Nationwide Insurance sponsors. The bonus...

Fast & Fun Facts:

* The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make its debut at Iowa Speedway this weekend. The .875-mile tri-oval opened in September 2006.

* This is the third of four "Dash 4 Cash" races that Nationwide Insurance sponsors. The bonus is up to $75,000 at Iowa for a series-only regular, partial or limited schedule NNS driver or full-time double-duty driver.

* Townley took some time following ORP last weekend to vacation with his family in the Bahamas.

This Week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: Townley will pilot chassis No. 027 in this weekend's event at Iowa Speedway. This chassis was built new for the 2009 season and was last seen at Kentucky Speedway in June where the Raybestos Rookie contender started the 300-mile event 14th and due to a mid-race accident brought home a 32nd place finish in the Meijer 300.

John Wes Townley at Iowa: Townley has one prior start at Iowa Speedway. The 19-year-old rookie started fifth and finished 12th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Prairie Meadows 250 on April 19th, 2008.

Testing, One, Two, Three Testing: Due to the track being so new to members of the NNS garage, NASCAR is holding a test session on Thursday, July 30th prior to race weekend activities for all teams from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Central. Although, Townley will be participating in the test, David Green will jump in the seat as well to further help Townley on and off the track.

Season Review: After 20 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-ORP: Townley attempted to make his debut at the .686-mile short track last weekend. However, his lap of 30.07 seconds was not good enough to lock the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford into the 43-car field. Townley was one of five other drivers that failed to qualify for the Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children. This was the fourth race in 2009 that John Wes Townley and RAB Racing missed.

Points Check: John Wes Townley currently sits 29th in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver point standings. Owner, Jay Robinson dropped one spot to 35th in the 2009 championship owner's standings following the events at ORP. The No. 09 entry currently has 1233 points; 316 points outside the top-30.

Rookie Race: Townley remains 6th in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 102 points.

We Are Guessing He Signs His Name Fast Too: Townley will join fellow Nationwide Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, August 1st from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Central under the Manatt Grandstands (north end of the concourse).

Said In At The Glen: RAB Racing announced Monday that road course specialist, Boris Said will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion in the upcoming Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on August 8th. Said, who has six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at The Glen including one top-5, two top-10's and one pole to his credit will be making his debut for RAB Racing at the 2.45-mile road course filling in for rookie John Wes Townley.

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.

And The Voting Begins: You can now log onto 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.

News from the ARCA RE/MAX Series Garage: Tom Hessert fought an ill-handling race car for most of the Wolverine Power Systems 200 but perseverance to get the car right paid off with a 10th-place finish for the No. 09 Cherry Hill Classic Cars team at Berlin Raceway on Saturday.

The "never give-up" attitude allowed Hessert and Company to maintain their 9th-place spot in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship point Standings, just 60 points behind 8th place Patrick Sheltra.

John Wes Townley:

Do you feel like you have an advantage against some of the other series competitors in regards to having a prior start here at Iowa?

"Well I certainly feel like we are a step ahead of the game by having a prior start at Iowa, but with the six hour test session that NASCAR is giving all the teams on Thursday I think it will put most everyone on an even playing field. The entry list is extensive with 50 cars expected this weekend so we will have to be on our A-game. I have no doubt in my mind we can get the monkey off our backs from ORP and qualify well and bring home a solid finish this weekend."

-credit: rabr

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Drivers Boris Said , David Green , Landon Cassill , Tom Hessert , Stephen Leicht , Patrick Sheltra , John Wes Townley