Daytona Beach, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2008) - Crew chief Robby Benton summed it up nicely as John Wes Townley's No. 09 Zaxby's/SPS/BB&T Ford streaked across the start-finish line at the conclusion of Saturday's ARCA 200 at Daytona.
"Good job bud," Benton said. "Not many people can say they finished 11th in their first race at Daytona."
On racing's grandest stage, the 18-year-old Townley, the youngest driver in the field overcame slight right-front damage on his Fusion during a mid-race multi-car pileup to narrowly miss a top-10 finish in his ARCA RE/MAX Series and superspeedway debut.
The incident left the toe on Townley's Ford out by about two inches. But quick pit work by his RAB Racing with Brack Maggard crew left him with a car as fast as the leaders.
Townley, who resides in Watkinsville, Ga., was forced to be content with 11th after his shifter repeatedly popped out of gear while at speed during the final 20 laps. Despite the gear issue, Townley still managed to turn laps nearly as quick as the leaders in the event's closing stages.
Townley and RAB Racing will move on to Salem Speedway in Indiana for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Auto Parts on April 13.
For more information on Townley, visit www.teamrab.com.