CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Fenway Racing announced today its driver line up for the No. 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 for the remainder of the 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season. Travis Kvapil will pilot the truck for 10 more races, including this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bobby East will drive in seven races, his first coming at Kansas Speedway on April 26, and John Wes Townley will compete in six races. His truck series debut will be at Mansfield Motorsports Park on May 24.
“I am pleased with the group of drivers we have scheduled to compete in the Zaxby’s Ford F-150,” said Jack Roush. “Travis has had so much success in the truck series over the years, and he will be a great asset in helping our two younger drivers learn the program. Bobby and John Wes both have a tremendous amount of potential and I look for them to run well in their respective events.”
Kvapil finished seventh in his first race in the Zaxby’s Ford F-150 at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago. In 122 starts, he has accumulated nine wins, 48 top-five and 77 top-10 finishes. He won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship in 2003. His 11-race truck schedule is in addition to his full-time Sprint Cup schedule with Yates Racing.
East has made 24 starts in the Craftsman Truck Series, and 11 starts in the Nationwide Series over the past three years. His best finish to date in the truck series is an 11th-place at ORP in 2006. His best Nationwide finish came at Homestead last year where he placed 12th.
In addition to his six truck races this season, 18-year-old Townley, will run the full schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for RAB Racing in 2008 with hopes of capturing the Rookie of the Year title. He finished 11th in the season opener at Daytona.
Townley began his racing career in go-karts at the age of nine. From there he has successfully competed in the INEX Bandolero Division, NASCAR Camping World Series, USAR Pro Cup Series, and in the ASA Late Model ranks, where he took home a victory at New Senoia (GA) Raceway on September 15, 2007.
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, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.