CONCORD, N.C. -- Travis Kvapil will fill in for John Wes Townley in the No. 09 Ford for at Daytona International Speedway for the Camping World 300 on Feb. 14.
Townley, a 2009 rookie of the year contender in the Nationwide Series, has not been approved by NASCAR to race at tracks over 2 miles in length.
Kvapil will be making his fifth Nationwide Series appearance. However, this will be his first career start in the NNS series at Daytona. Kvapil's best start at the 2.5-mile tri-oval is third, (2004) and his best finish is second, (2004) both in the Truck Series.
"I look at this from two standpoints," Kvapil said. "First and foremost, I feel terrible that Townley can't be in the car; I know he was looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and racing. However, I'm excited about the opportunity and it's an honor that RAB Racing and Zaxby's chose me to substitute for him. Zaxby's and I have had a great relationship in the past, and I look forward to being a strong contender for the win."
Townley will compete in the ARCA Series event at Daytona on Feb. 7. In 2008, Townley made his ARCA Series and superspeedway debut at the Daytona. The Watkinsville, Ga., native started the 200-mile event 19th and finished a respectable 11th.
"Travis is a great choice for this seat for the Nationwide Series race at Daytona," said Townley, who will be back behind the wheel of the car in the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Feb. 21.
"We shared a seat in the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford F-150 last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He is a talented driver and has been a great inspiration and mentor in my racing career. I'm confident that he will do a great job for my team and our sponsors." - team release
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