ARCA: Townley to Sit Out at Berlin Raceway, Sub Announced


CONCORD, N.C. — Venturini Motorsports announced Wednesday that Brennan Poole will sub for teammate John Wes Townley at Berlin Raceway. BJ McLeod piloted the No. 15 this past weekend at the Pocono Raceway, where he fell out of the race early due to an electrical issue. McLeod finished in the 27th position after twelve laps of competition. Venturini Motorsports said Townley is in good spirits following the wreck in qualifying, but just wanted to sit out due to precautionary measures.

Athenian Motorsports, which owns the No. 05 truck, selected Clint Bowyer to sub for Townley this past weekend at Pocono where he finished fourth. It was his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2011.

“As a precaution, John Wes Townley will sit out Saturday night’s ARCA event at Berlin Raceway,” said a team spokesperson. “Townley did not compete in last week’s ARCA race at Pocono Raceway following an incident during qualifying earlier in the day.”

According to section 14.2 of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series rule book, a driver must roll off  of pit road and take the green flag to receive points. If a relief driver is needed once the green flag has flown, the relief driver will not get points awarded to them. This rule is pretty much like the one NASCAR has in place.

“You never like to see any driver, especially your teammate, get shaken up after an accident,” said Poole. “I’m really glad John Wes is okay and this week will just give him additional time to rest before returning to the driver’s seat. I just want to thank Zaxby’s for giving me the opportunity to fill the role this weekend.”

Coverage of the ARCA Racing Series race from Berlin Raceway can be heard live on The race will not be televised in any form.

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About Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham is a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department at Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter at @NASCAR_BRETT. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Winningham covers multiple NASCAR events in the midwest each season.

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