Friday, February 10, 2012

RAB Racing suspends NASCAR driver John Wes Townley

   RAB Racing issued a statement on Friday saying it was replacing driver John Wes Townley until "his return is deemed appropriate" following Townley's arrest Tuesday for drunk driving in Georgia.

   You can read details of Townley's arrest here.

   "Obviously, this is an unfortunate situation," said team owner Robby Benton. "However, we have to react to the severity of the incident accordingly. His actions do not reflect those of RAB Racing, nor the sponsors associated with the team.

   "John Wes has accepted full responsibility, and will take the necessary personal steps in order to correct his actions, among other internal sanctions. We stand by John Wes, and will welcome him back to the team at the appropriate time."

   Townley was planning to run fulltime for RAB Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season.

   No replacement driver has been named at this time. 

   NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the sanctioning body has been in close communication with the team and will continue to monitor the situation until if - or when - the team decides to bring Townley back as its driver.