Townley settles for seventh-place ARCA finish at Salem

Athenian Motorsports

Concord, N.C. (April 24, 2016) – After running in the top three most of the afternoon and leading briefly during Sunday’s ARCA Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 on the high banks of Salem Speedway in Indiana, John Wes Townley’s day took an unexpected turn during his final pit stop on lap 134 when he dropped from fourth to ninth in the running order as he exited pit road.

The final adjustments during the lengthy stop weren’t to Townley’s liking, evidenced by the fact he was unable to overcome the lost track position as he tackled a very tight condition in his No. 05 Varigon Solutions Chevrolet over the final laps. He managed to salvage a seventh-place finish.

“At the start of the race, we were just riding and as good as anybody,” said Townley, the ARCA points leader after three races. “We fought a tight condition on our Chevrolet all weekend and it just got worse there at the end.

“It’s a disappointment because we had high expectations to run up front all 200 laps and challenge for the win at the end. But we’ll regroup during a short week and be ready for Talladega on Friday.”

Townley will pull double-duty at the mammoth, 2.66-mile facility in Alabama by competing in Friday’s ARCA General Tire 200 and Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“We’re taking our winning Daytona ARCA car to Talladega, so we really like our chances on Friday,” Townley said. “The Xfinity race on Saturday will be tough because the field will be stacked with Sprint Cup teams and drivers. But (crew chief) Michael Shelton is taking a solid Chevrolet and I feel like I’m good working the draft, so we’ll give it our best shot on Saturday.”

Townley will return to action in the NASCAR Camping World Series at Kansas Speedway on Friday night May 6th.

About Athenian Motorsports

In July 2014, Athenian Motorsports began operating out of a new, state-of-the-art, 43,000 square foot facility in Concord, N.C. In 2016, the team will field full-time entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. AMS will also field a part-time entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.