TOWNLEY SINGS THE BLUES FOLLOWING A 40TH PLACE FINISH AT MEMPHIS Millington, TN (10-24-09) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series headed to Memphis, "Home of the Blues", for this weekend's "Kroger on Track for the Cure 250" at Memphis Motorsports Park.
TOWNLEY SINGS THE BLUES FOLLOWING A 40TH PLACE FINISH AT MEMPHIS
Millington, TN (10-24-09) -- The NASCAR Nationwide Series headed to Memphis, "Home of the Blues", for this weekend's "Kroger on Track for the Cure 250" at Memphis Motorsports Park. Raybestos Rookie John Wes Townley made his debut at the .750-mile oval but due to an expired engine on lap seven of the 254-lap contest the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team was left with a 40th place finish in the 32nd event on the 2009 schedule.
The Watkinsville, GA native's weekend started out on a high note when he posted laps of 31st and 22nd, respectively, on the speed charts in two practice sessions on Friday. In time trials on Saturday the 19-year-old rookie toured the famed short track in 23.210 seconds (116.329 mph) which was good enough to lock the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford into the show with a 20th place starting position for Saturday afternoon's main event.
When the green flag dropped Saturday afternoon, Townley made a charge to the front of the 43-car field and was up to the 17th position on lap seven when the yellow and blue machine began dropping fluid on the race track at the start-finish line. By the exit of turn one, the No. 09 machine was in the middle of a six car pile-up bringing out the afternoon's first caution and ending the rookie's debut at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Townley would be scored 40th, 247 laps down to race winner, Brad Keselowski. The unfortunate finish left Townley 24th in the 2009 driver point standings and 32nd in the owner point standings with 2,142 points; 428 markers out of 31st and 486 points outside the top-30.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will take a week off before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly Challenge on November 7th. Townley has one prior start at the 1.5-mile quad-oval starting 29th and finishing 36th in the April 2009 O'Reilly 300.