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Townley out, Bowyer in for truck race at Pocono

John Wes Townley
John Wes Townley
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley will sit out the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Saturday because of wrecking on Friday in ARCA Racing Series qualifying at the track. Instead, Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer will drive the No. 05 Toyota for Athenian Motorsports that was supposed to be driven by Townley. Bowyer is already on-site at Pocono, as the Sprint Cup Series races there on Sunday afternoon.

Townley was treated an released from a nearby hospital on Friday. He is expected to refrain from competition for a week. His condition will be evaluated in Charlotte next week. His next scheduled event is the ARCA race at Berlin (Mich.) Speedway on Aug. 9.

Townley's official Twitter account (@JWTownley) reported on Friday: "John was released from the hospital in good health. As a precaution, he'll be out of competition for a week. JW thanks all for your prayers."

The No 05 team did not participate in the Truck Series final practice on Friday after Townley's wreck. At that time, it was still undecided whether or not to compete in the truck race on Saturday. Townley and the No. 05 turned the seventh-fastest lap in the first practice on Friday.

Bowyer has a total of 12-career starts in the Camping World Truck Series, the last coming in 2011. He has three wins in the series, the last of those also coming in 2011 at Kansas Speedway near Kansas City, Kan. He has finished in the top-five in just over half of his starts in the series (seven) and has won two poles.

Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 150 is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, with the race to follow at approximately 1 p.m.

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