John Wes Townley, No. 09 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra, Michigan Preview
This Week's ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra ... John Wes Townley will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 48 in Saturday's VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. A workhorse of the 2012 season, this Toyota Tundra raced at Kansas Speedway in April, Charlotte Motor Superspeedway in May, twice in the month of June, at Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway, and at Chicagoland Speedway in July. Most recently, Townley raced this chassis to a career-best eighth-place finish at Pocono Raceway when the series last competed two weeks ago.
Rearview Mirror ... Townley was able to turn a season-best 11th-place starting position into an eighth-place finish two weekends ago at Pocono Raceway, marking his career-best finish in NASCAR competition.
Townley at Michigan ... While Townley has not yet raced at Michigan International Speedway in Camping World Truck Series competition, he has raced there before. In one Nationwide Series start at the two-mile oval, Townley finished 17th in 2010's Carfax 250. Additionally, Townley competed there in the ARCA Racing Series, posting a 13th-place finish in 2008's Racing for Wildlife 200.
RAB Racing at Michigan... While RAB Racing has not yet competed at Michigan International Speedway in Camping World Truck Series competition, they have competed in three Nationwide Series events at the Brooklyn track dating back to 2010. The team's best showing is a 17th-place finish, which was posted by Townley in 2010.
After 11 Races... Over the first 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2012 season, Townley has accumulated one top-10 finish, seven top-20 finishes, an average starting position of 20.1 and an average finish of 19.2. Townley has completed 88.7 percent of the laps he's contested (1,433 of 1,615) thus far.
Get to the Points ... Townley's first top-10 finish of the 2012 season in Pocono Raceway's Pocono Mountains 125 allowed him to hold steady at 19th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings.
Your Point Is... As we head into the 12th race of the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, RAB Racing currently occupies the 17th position in the owner's points standings.
RAB Racing in 2012... With ten races completed in the 2012 season, RAB Racing's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have recorded one top-five, top-10 and eight top-20 finishes with drivers Travis Kvapil and Townley.
Catch the Action ... The VFW 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be televised live Saturday, August 18 beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network. Qualifying will be Saturday, August 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
John Wes Townley Quotes
"I'm feeling pretty good heading into this weekend at Michigan. It means a lot to improve the way we have lately; to keep coming back to the racetrack better and better. I've had my troubles there in the past, but going on a high like this is really going to aid in my performance. My goal is to get out there and match or improve upon my previous weekend; I'm fighting to better myself every weekend. My confidence in myself and in RAB Racing will be extremely advantageous this weekend."
Chris Rice Quote
"Michigan International Speedway is a nice, smooth racetrack. They've done a great job with the repaving of it. It's going to be a fast, drafting-style race and fun to watch. Our team is coming off a great run at Pocono and will be taking the same truck to Michigan. We're really excited about the progress this Toyota Tundra team has made this year and looking forward to continue improving as the season progresses."
RAB Racing PR