Townley set to return for Bristol races
August 18, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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John Wes Townley, who missed two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race following an accident at Pocono Raceway, will return to the driver's seat for this week's events at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Townley, 24, is scheduled to compete in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 NCWTS race as well as Friday evening's Food City 300 Nationwide Series event.
The Watkinsville, Georgia, resident was taken to an area hospital after a hard crash during ARCA Series qualifying Aug. 1 at Pocono Raceway. He returned to the track, but did not race in the following day's Pocono Mountains 150. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer filled in for the Athenian Motorsports team in Townley's absence.
Townley also sat out this past Saturday's Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway, with former series champion Travis Kvapil handling the driving duties in the No. 05 Toyota Tundra.
"Clint did a heck of a job and I learned a lot from watching him," Townley said in a release announcing this week's return. "I can't think him enough for jumping in at Pocono and for Travis to be my backup driver last week at Michigan. It really means so much to me.
"Now it's my time to go back in and drive ... this week in Bristol."
Townley is 11th in points through the series' first 12 stops, with three top-10 finishes this season.
Thirty-eight trucks are on the entry list for this week's race, including Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.
Townley has qualified for five of the six Nationwide Series races he and his No. 25 team have entered this season.
Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson are among the 44 drivers on the Nationwide Series entry list for the FC 300.
Also on the entry list is Milka Duno, who is scheduled to make her NASCAR debut. Duno is scheduled to compete in select Nationwide Series events this season in the No. 29 Toyota of RAB Racing.
The 42-year-old Duno finished seventh in the ARCA Series points standings last season.