May 21, 2008 1:55 PM

John Wes Townley to Make Truck Series Debut at Mansfield

CONCORD, N.C. --  John Wes Townley will make his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut this weekend at Mansfield Motorsports Park in the Ohio 250.  The 18-year-old native of Watkinsville, Ga., will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 for Roush Fenway Racing.

“I am really excited about the race this weekend,” Townley said.  “I’ve tested with the team at Martinsville and Caraway, so I’ve been able to get to know Chad Norris (crew chief) and the guys, and work on our communication. 

“Mansfield should be a good track for me to start with since I have some previous experience there.  I ran a Hooters Pro Cup race there last year so I am familiar with the track.  I'm going to go in confident, but at the same time, you can't expect too much because the competition is so good at this level.  But I'm confident about this race.  A top-15 finish at the end of the day, I would be happy with that.”
Townley is currently running the full ARCA RE/MAX schedule and is fifth in the championship point standings.  In seven starts this season, he has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.    

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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, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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