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Sources tell Frontstretch.com John Wes Townley has NOT been released as driver of Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevy in the Nationwide Series. After a hard wreck at Phoenix, Townley was replaced for Friday’s race by Cup driver Clint Bowyer, leading to rampant speculation about his future. ESPN reported that Townley had been fired, a claim adamantly denied by Richard Childress Racing.
Instead, the plan is to “put him in timeout,” according to a source, making the 20-year-old sit and stew over an ugly early season start. So far this season, he’s without a top 10 finish while spinning out in four of five races, picking up an underage drinking citation in Las Vegas along the way. So RCR has informed him someone else will drive the car at Texas, evaluating the program before Townley will return to the seat at Talladega the end of the month.
There’s no word yet on who that replacement will be, but it’s widely expected to be RCR’s Clint Bowyer or Jeff Burton. Zaxby’s is also expected to continue funding the car for Texas and beyond. Townley’s father is one of the founders of Zaxby’s restaurants, which came over in a package deal with his son to keep Childress’ Nationwide Series team afloat in 2010.
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After he spins out once, he seems to be fine. He can then complete the race, damaged or not, without any problem. They just need to get him to take it easier earlier in the race (or practice) when the car isn’t driving well. Bowyer wasn’t any good for most of the race Friday either, but they got it fixed by the end. That’s what Townley hasn’t been able to do.
Putting Townley in the car for Talladega would be ludicrous, but probably economically feasible, for only RCR.
Hmmmmm…sure didn’t see this coming..LOL..Richard doesn’t like people wrecking his equipment. This is a great move. Now let’s put Mears in that car fulltime. Also makes me wonder how much longer Steven Wallace can continue….
childress should check with bill davis to remind childress how many #1 baby ruth cars jeff gordan wrecked in his first year of driving. give john wes a chance in a half-way decent car or will they be going to childress grandsons?
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