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NASCAR Trucks: John Wes Townley to miss Saturday’s race at Michigan

Aug 12, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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John Wes Townley will sit out this Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

In a release, Athenian Motorsports announced that former Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil would take over Townley’s No. 05 Toyota Tundra for the Careers for Veterans 200.

Kvapil’s made four Truck starts at MIS, earning two wins, three Top-5s, and four Top-10s.

This will mark the second consecutive CWTS race that Townley’s missed. On August 1st at Pocono Raceway, Townley crashed during ARCA qualifying and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Townley was later released but was held out of competing in the next day’s Truck Series event, the Pocono Mountains 150. He was replaced by Sprint Cup regular Clint Bowyer, who finished fourth in Townley’s No. 05.

At the time, Townley was hopeful that he would be cleared to compete in last Saturday’s ARCA race at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway. But he ultimately sat out that particular race as a precaution; Brennan Poole served as the substitute driver for his car.

Now, Townley’s having to miss another event.

“It is really hard sitting out and watching someone else drive your truck,” Townley said in a statement. “I am hoping to be back behind the wheel of the No. 05 Zaxby’s truck [next] Wednesday at Bristol.”

The CWTS will only have four days between Saturday’s event at Michigan and the aforementioned UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  1. indycarseries500 - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I get the feeling that trip to the hospital is what is finally making JWT rethink this whole playing racecar driver thing.

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