John Wes Townley Enters ARCA Season Opener at Daytona, Eyes Partial Scheduleby Kyle Pokrefky January 6, 2016 0 comments
John Wes Townley is assembling quite the schedule for the upcoming race season.
Now a winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ranks, Townley, 25, will not only make a run at the full Truck Series schedule and a partial NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule, he will also make select starts in the ARCA Racing Series.
Townley and his family-owned Athenian Motorsports officially filed the first entry for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway – the first event of the ARCA Racing Series season.
The Watkinsville, Ga. native enters Daytona as a former Lucas Oil 200 winner, having won the event with Venturini Motorsports in 2013.
Returning to the track in the ARCA ranks with his own equipment, Townley is expected to enter a Zaxby’s-sponsored Chevrolet with an Ilmor 396 power plant under the hood.
Athenian Motorsports has also been assembling quite the team to back up Townley on its crew.
Kevin Reed will serve as crew chief for Athenian’s ARCA operation. The Townley-Reed partnership has yielded fruitful results in the past as the two collaborated for Townley’s lone win in the ARCA Racing Series in 2013 at Daytona.
Terry Cook, former Camping World Truck Series standout and current driver coach and spotter for Townley at the Truck and XFINITY level, will also spot for Townley in his select ARCA starts.
“I’m really excited,” Townley said. “We’re going to have great equipment and Kevin Reed will be crew chiefing me. He does a great job…we’ve had a lot of success together and hopefully we can continue that this year.”
Townley most recently competed in the ARCA Racing Series in the 2015 season finale with Mason Mitchell Motorsports, bringing home a No. 88 Zaxby’s Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway with a fifth-place finish.
In 46 career starts in the series, Townley has one win (Daytona 2013), 10 top-fives, 23 top-10s and two pole positions with an average finish of 12.4.
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