Townley returns to Nationwide Series tour with Venturini Motorsports; fastest in final practice

(CONCORD, N.C. - May 24, 2013) - Fresh off his career best finish of eighth in last weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, John Wes Townley will return to the same track Saturday afternoon hoping to better his efforts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300, driving his No.25 Zaxbys - Venturini Motorsports Toyota.

And the Watkinsville, Georgia driver is off to a great start - posting the fastest speed in final practice yesterday. Townley turned a fast lap of 181.087 mph late in the 80-minute session.

Townley, who has emerged in 2013 with escalated focus and determination, has been busy on the race track running a full time NCWTS schedule with Red Horse Racing along with partial schedules in the ARCA Racing Series and NNS with VMS.

Townley and his VMS team will be making their second NNS start together this weekend at Charlotte with crew chief, Dan Deeringhoff atop the pit box assuming responsibilities. In their NNS debut earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, John Wes Townley drove his Zaxby's Toyota to a respectable 17th place finish after starting in the 34th position.

Earlier this year John Wes drove to his first victory in the ARCA Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The NNS History 300 will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm EST live on ABC Television.

John Wes Townley will also be making an appearance prior to the NNS History 300 during the Food Lion Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte. Townley will be signing autographs on Friday, May 24th from 2-3pm at the Creative Loafing Display.

About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Johanna Long.

In 2012, VMS and the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano, among others.

After nearly two decades away from NASCAR, 2013 marks VMS's modern day return to the series with John Wes Townley driving the team's familiar No.25 in selective NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

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