John Wes Townley of Watkinsville, Georgia is about to become a part of one of NASCAR’s most storied organizations.
It was announced today that Townley, 19, will drive a full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for Richard Childress Racing in 2010, with Zaxby’s as his sponsor.
Townley had this to say at the announcement this afternoon:
“I look forward to the opportunity to drive for Richard Childress Racing next year. It’s a thrill to be part of their organization. They have such a well-respected history and have produced solid results over the years. I’m confident we’ll run well next season.”
Driving for a proven organization is obviously exciting for Townley, who hasn’t driven for a team other than the up-and-coming RAB Racing since before his ARCA days.
But 2010 could be the make-or-break year for Townley’s career.
If Townley runs well, like he believes he will, a job in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would likely be open to him, possibly as soon as the 2011 season. He’ll be with a four-car team, and he’ll possess the most important quality a race car driver can have nowadays: A sponsor.
But if Townley does not come out of the gate well, he may just end up some of the more recent RCR development drivers.
Townley’s possibilities are endless with a team like Richard Childress Racing. The question now is, what does he do with this opportunity? By the halfway point of next season, we may just find out whether John Wes Townley is the next Kevin Harvick or Clint Bowyer, or the next Brandon Miller or Tim McCreadie.
Hopefully he’ll fall into the category of the former. I believe he will. Best of luck, Johnny!