RAB RACING AND JOHN WES TOWNLEY WINNERS OFF THE TRACK IN MUSIC CITY Lebanon, TN (6-8-09) -- Although John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team encountered a DNF this weekend during the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville...
RAB RACING AND JOHN WES TOWNLEY WINNERS OFF THE TRACK IN MUSIC CITY
Lebanon, TN (6-8-09) -- Although John Wes Townley and the No. 09 Zaxby's Racing team encountered a DNF this weekend during the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway, the team walked away with their heads held high. RAB Racing along with SPS, Zaxby's and help from the entire Nationwide Series garage were able to collect over $13,000.00 for the American Red Cross Nashville Chapter.
RAB Racing would like to extend a special "Thank You" to all of those that contributed to make the Team Fund Challenge a complete success. Through various efforts the Nationwide Series garage was able to raise over $22,000.00 this weekend to benefit the Nashville area American Red Cross.
The RAB Racing team's success off the track overflowed to the track on Friday evening after the Raybestos Rookie graced the charts during final practice with a lap time of 30.18 seconds (158.96 mph.) placing Townley 11th overall; and the second fastest go-or-go home car behind fifth place, Sean Caisse.
Townley was the 43rd out of 45 cars to take time during Saturday afternoon's time trials. His quick lap of 30.153 seconds (159.148 mph) was good enough to lock the Watkinsville, GA native into the field with a 14th place starting position.
When the 43-car field took the green flag in just the second Nationwide Series stand-alone event of 2009 the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford was sitting comfortably in row seven. As lap one was put in the history books, Townley experienced a left rear tire go flat on lap two of the 225-lap event; ultimately sending Townley up the track into the turn-4 wall.
Townley would be scored in the 42nd position 223 laps down to race winner, Kyle Busch after failing to make it back out on the track.
The unfavorable result leaves the No. 09 team 35th in owners points; 209 points outside the top-30.
Up next for John Wes Townley and RAB Racing is the Meijer 300 presented by Ritz at Kentucky Speedway. Townley has three previous starts in 2008 at the 1.5-mile oval; including his best finish of fifth in the May 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series, Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150.