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Townley Cleared To Return To Racing


John Wes Townley received medical clearance on Tuesday morning to return to race this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Townley had been out of competition for four weeks while recovering from mild concussion-like symptoms.

Townley announced that with the all clear from his doctors, he will be back in the seat of both his ARCA and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rides at the 2.5 mile triangle shaped speedway in Long Pond, PA. John Wes last competed in a truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25th. His night ended 5 laps early due to a turn one crash with Spencer Gallagher. He and Gallagher had to be separated after scuffling on track following the incident.

His team, Athenian Motorsports, announced on July 6 that Townley would not race at Kentucky because of a possible concussion. However, it was never confirmed as to when he may have suffered it. He had been treated and released from the infield care center at Gateway following the accident there, apparently without any need for further evaluation.

“I’d like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer, and Brady Boswell for filling in for me,” Townley said. “I feel great and I’m looking forward to Pocono this week.” Kligerman ran in JWT’s place in the truck race at Kentucky, finishing 19th. Custer filled in for the ARCA race at Iowa, coming home with a seventh place finish. Boswell drove the team’s 05 truck at Eldora last week, placing 21st.

Townley has one top ten finish this season, a seventh at Atlanta, and sits 21st in points currently. He dropped 3 positions in the standings while he was sidelined. He has 1 win, 2 top fives and 3 top tens in a limited season ARCA campaign so far this year. His victory came in the season opener for the series at Daytona.