LEBANON, Tenn. (August 9, 2008) – John Wes Townley had a tough night at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday. After qualifying 18th and getting early damage, he fell back as far as 31st. With smart pit strategy he worked his way back up to 14th place, but within a few laps after that his night was over.
Townley started the 150-lap race in 18th place, but a caution in the first five laps of the race but a damper on his hopes. On only the fourth lap of the race an accident occurred right in front of Townley. He suffered damage to his left-front fender which forced him to pit several times under caution to repair the damage.
When the race resumed on lap nine, Townley was back in 31st place. Even with the fender damage, he was running fast lap times and began working his way forward. He was up to 27th when the next caution came on lap 37. During that caution crew chief Chad Norris called Townley to the pits for right-side tires and an air pressure adjustment. The two-tire stop helped Townley gain some much-needed track position and he returned to the track in 14th place for the restart on lap 42.
Just when things were turning around, Townley was the victim of an accident only one lap later. Several trucks spun in front of him and with nowhere to go he ran into the back of Terry Cook’s truck. There was extensive damage to the front of the Zaxby’s Ford F-150, so Norris told him to drive it to the garage. The team determined the damage was too severe to continue and their race was over. Townley ended up 30th after completing 42 of 150 laps.
“We had a fast truck,” Townley said. “We had a little bit of a fender bender at the start of the race. I bent the left-front fender in a little bit. We got to the pits and got that taken care of and unfortunately, they had already thrown the green. We were doing all we could do to stay on the lead lap. We had a really fast truck with the times I was running out there. We were running some times up there with leader. It’s just real unfortunate because we were coming up through the traffic on the restart. I just got behind some guys and they got tangled up. There was just nowhere for me to go because I was already packed in. This is unfortunate. The guys at Roush Fenway gave us a real fast truck and I’ve got to thank my sponsor Zaxby’s today. We’ve got to keep our heads up. We’ll come back and get them next time.”
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 20. Townley will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 at Bristol.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Travis Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.