Fast & Fun Facts: * John Wes Townley will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the O'Reilly 300. * The 19-year-old rookie attempted to make the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway in October (2008) but...
Fast & Fun Facts:
* John Wes Townley will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend in the O'Reilly 300.
* The 19-year-old rookie attempted to make the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway in October (2008) but failed to make the field after a wreck in qualifying.
* The Watkinsville, GA native started 22nd and finished 16th in the South Georgia 100 ASA Late Model Series race at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Sunday afternoon March 29th.
This week's No. 09 Zaxby's Ford: John Wes Townley will pilot chassis No. 27 from the RAB Racing stables in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new Ford Fusion chassis for the 2009 season.
Last Time Around-Bristol: Townley took home a pair of career firsts at Bristol on March 21st; the 19-year-old rookie driver made his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at the .533-mile oval and his career first top-20 finish, finishing 16th in the Scotts Turf Builder 300.
Raybestos Rookie Race: Townley currently sits sixth in the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 29 points; just one point behind fifth place, Michael Annett and 16 points behind leader, Justin Allgaier.
Points Check: John Wes Townley's 16th place effort at Bristol Motor Speedway advanced him three positions to 35th in the 2009 Driver point standings with 261 points. Owner, Jay Robinson advanced four spots to 37th with 261 points.
John Wes Townley Live: John Wes Townley will be signing autographs at the Zaxby's in Keller, Texas from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. CT on Friday, April 3rd and also the Zaxby's location in Richardson, TX from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. CT. Stop by and get an autograph from the driver of the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford Fusion.
John Wes Townley:
You attempted to qualify for the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway last year, but failed to make the field, what is your plan this time around?
"Well, last year we did not have a guaranteed starting position in the field, so we spent all of our time trying to be fast, making short runs in qualifying trim. This time I will be guaranteed in the field so I can make long runs and find my line and learn the track."
What are your thoughts on being 37th in 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner points going into the fifth race of the season?
"It just gives me more motivation to do well during the race. We gained four positions after Bristol, so I want to do the best I can and run a good race so that I can gain even more positions after Texas and hopefully not be in the position to make it in on time at Nashville. It's not where we want to be or deserve to be that's for sure. We received the 100 point penalty at Daytona and that hurt us a lot; we would actually be 23rd in points right now without that. I know as a team we will make it through this and I have no doubt in my mind we will be a strong competitor at Texas."