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Townley Ready for Non-Stop Year

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  John Wes Townley

Townley Ready for Non-Stop Year

Jessica Caulder
RAB Racing
March 14, 2008

Source: RAB Racing
Concord, NC

While most 18 year-olds are in their final semester of high school and preparing for the summer months off, such is not the case for ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie John Wes Townley. After excelling in high school and graduating a semester early, Townley has announced he will take his time off prior to enrolling in college classes to prepare for competition in four different racing series in 2008.

“Racing is my passion,” John Wes Townley stated. “Anytime I can get behind the wheel of a race car I am up for the challenge. My focus coming into 2008 was solely to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. I have since been lucky enough to been given the opportunity to compete in three other racing series. Along with the enormous amount of track time, different car experience and numerous pit stops, I have a tremendous opportunity to further my skills as a driver.”

Since his 11th place finish at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Townley has been busy planning out his 2008 racing season. Along with competing for the ARCA RE/MAX series Championship and Rookie of the Year Honors with RAB Racing, Townley will compete in a limited schedule in the USAR Pro-Cup Series, the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series, and even the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

“With each of these series running a different type of race vehicle, each one has something different to offer.” Townley continued. “The USAR Pro-Cup Series will allow me more pit stop experience as well as seat time. The ARCA Truck Series schedule was planned primarily to help me get acquainted with the few tracks I will be seeing for the first time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.”

After the change in driver line-up for the No. 09 truck, Roush-Fenway Racing announced Townley will be behind the wheel of the Zaxby’s Ford entry for six of the remaining 22 races, beginning with Mansfield Motorsports Park on May 24th, 2008.

“I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to competing at this level of racing. I am honored to be able to drive for and represent Roush-Fenway Racing, Zaxby’s and Ford. I believe my experience in the Craftsman truck will be of great benefit in my endeavor to win the SunTrust rookie of the year award in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for RAB Racing.”

Townley kicks off his USAR Pro-Cup schedule this Saturday at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida. This will be the first of 12 races in the USAR Pro-Cup Series. The Sears Auto Center 200 is set to begin at 7:30PM ET.

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