John Wes Townley will not race in tonight’s Nationwide Series event at Phoenix, but a team spokesman said it was not due to Townley’s performance.
Townley crashed during Nationwide practice earlier Friday, and the hard hit was the reason the 20-year-old will not race tonight, according to the team.
Clint Bowyer will replace Townley in the No. 21 car.
“Richard [Childress] removed Townley from the car today for precautionary reasons following his accident today, much like we did with [Jeff] Burton and Casey Mears at Texas” in last fall’s Nationwide race, RCR’s Kevin Heaney said via e-mail.
Heaney added: “The rumor about him being fired is not true.”