Las Vegas: John Wes Townley preview

* RCR in Las Vegas... In 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RCR boasts one pole (Kevin Harvick -- 2007), two wins (Harvick -- 2004 and Jeff Burton --2007), eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. RCR-prepared ...

* RCR in Las Vegas... In 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RCR boasts one pole (Kevin Harvick -- 2007), two wins (Harvick -- 2004 and Jeff Burton --2007), eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. RCR-prepared Chevrolets have a 10.3 average start, a 12.1 average finish, led 297 laps and have completed 91.2 percent (3,857 of 4,227) of the laps contested at the 1.5-mile oval.

* This Weekend's Zaxby's Chevrolet Impala at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ... John Wes Townley will pilot Chassis No. 080 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Built new in 2009, Austin Dillon drove this former No. 2 racer to a 19th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway last August.

* Las Vegas Details ... In his lone Nationwide Series start at LVMS, Townley was credited with a 38th-place finish after being involved in an incident 26 laps into the 300 miler.

* Over the First Two ... In the season's first two events, the Watkinsville, Ga., native has completed all but five laps contested (98.2 percent). Despite owning a 26.5 average finish, he holds an impressive 5.5 average start.

* Fontana Rewind ... Townley and the Dan Deeringhoff-led team started off last weekend's 300-mile event on a high note, posting the sixth-quickest time during the qualifying session. The young driver was a mainstay in the top 20 for half of the event but was served two speeding penalties, on separate occasions, just past halfway. With 30 laps remaining, the No. 21 Zaxby's Chevrolet got away from Townley and looped him around off of turn two. The 20-year-old driver brought his uninjured machine to pit road for fresh tires and was able to complete the 150-lap feature where he was credited with a 30th-place finish.

JOHN WES TOWNLEY:

As a race car driver, you have to have a little bit of a gambler in you. You need to make a pass...it may work, it may not. You always have to consider the risk/reward factor. Do you think drivers have a gambling attitude when they are on the track?

"Maybe a little bit. Last year, I learned something at this particular track. It can be really bumpy in turns one and two, especially down in the bottom groove. Because of that, things tend to get bottled up in that lane, especially on a restart. If you get stuck down there, you can roll a ton of speed if you move up and run the high groove. So, that can be a bit of a gamble, but it's a lot of fun."

You are not old enough to gamble but once you become of age, do you think you'll be a guy that will go in a casino and try it out?

"Maybe. I have never been one to take many chances. I guess it's just my history of some bad luck when I've put myself out there. But, we'll just have to see, I guess."

-source: rcr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Kevin Harvick , John Wes Townley , Austin Dillon
Teams Richard Childress Racing