AVONDALE, Ariz. – Despite reports that John Wes Townley was removed from the seat of the No. 21 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series, Richard Childress Racing Vice President of Competition Mike Dillon confirmed on Saturday that the driver is still under the company's employ.
Team officials are scheduled to meet with Townley on Tuesday to discuss his schedule going forward according to Dillon.
On Friday, Richard Childress parked Townley after the 20-year-old driver wrecked during practice and placed Clint Bowyer in as a substitute. But damaging equipment has been a reoccurring theme for Townley, who in five starts has only completed one full race – Las Vegas, where he finished 15th.
In his last Nationwide Series race at Nashville, Townley lasted just three laps before bringing out the first caution of the race.
Townley was 17th in points entering this weekend.