John Wes Townley will be held out at Pocono

John Wes Townley: Driver says he won't race for a week after crashing at Pocono Raceway.



LONG POND, Pa. — John Wes Townley will be held out of all racing this weekend after a hard crash Friday at Pocono Raceway.

Townley hit the wall during qualifying for the ARCA race and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. He eventually returned to the track, but his Twitter feed said he would be held out of all competition for one week.

Townley was scheduled to run the ARCA race Friday and NASCAR’s truck series race today.

Townley has competed in all 10 truck series races this year, with a season-best finish of fourth at Charlotte in May. He is 10th in the series standings.


MAIN MAN: Gregg Biffle is ready to settle in as the unofficial captain of Roush-Fenway Racing.

While Carl Edwards is headed elsewhere for 2015 – believed to be Joe Gibbs Racing – Biffle showed his commitment toward owner Jack Roush and recently signed a three-year contract extension.

Biffle wants to prove he is RFR’s top driver on and off the track.

“I look forward to kind of carrying the flag and leading this organization,” Biffle said Friday at Pocono Raceway.

Biffle has 19 career Sprint Cup victories, along with truck and Nationwide series championships, and was the 2005 Cup runner-up driving for Roush.

The 44-year-old Biffle has spent his entire 12-year career with Roush and will be the old man on a roster full of fresh races and unproven prospects.

‘DOUBLE’ PROSPECT: Juan Pablo Montoya would be willing to do “The Double” if team owner Roger Penske approved.

Montoya finished fifth in the Indianapolis 500 this year in his first season driving for Team Penske in the IndyCar Series.

He raced seven times in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 and said Friday he’d be interested in running both races on the same day.

“Physically, I don’t think it wouldn’t be that hard,” he said at Mid-Ohio. “If you went to do it properly it would be a lot of fun. I think it would be cool, (but) I don’t want to force (Penske) into anything.”

Kurt Busch this year became just the fourth driver to attempt to complete all 1,100 miles in one day.

He finished sixth in his Indy 500 debut then rushed to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where a blown engine stopped him after 271 of the 400 laps.

Montoya won the Indian­apolis 500 in 2000. He spent the past seven years in NASCAR before moving back to open-wheel with Penske.

He has raced in two Sprint Cup events this year for Penske, finishing 18th at Michigan and 23rd at Indy.

Montoya said Friday that he was good in qualifying the Cup car at both tracks, but it didn’t translate on race day.

“We went to Michigan and struggled all weekend with the rear of the car. We were so loose,” Montoya said. “And we came off the truck in Indy the same way – sideways.”

In IndyCar, he won at Pocono and goes into Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio ranked fifth in the standings.






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