Second start in the No. 25 for Tommy Baldwin Racing Sprint Cup driver Athenian Motorsports announced Thursday that Alex Bowman will replace John Wes Townley in the team's No. 25 Chevrolet for Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to a release provided by the team, Townley aggravated a non-racing-related injury during Wednesday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. The team said Townley was treated and released from the infield care center after finishing 14th in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic, the truck tour's third annual race on dirt. Bowman, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, is scheduled to make his second XFINITY start this season in Athenian's No. 25 in Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS Radio, SiriusXM). The 22-year-old driver also took a fill-in role in June at Michigan International Speedway, when Townley was competing in the Truck Series' event at Iowa Speedway. Townley , 25, has entered 12 of the XFINITY Series' 17 events this season. He ranks fifth in the driver standings in the Camping World Truck Series, where he competes full-time. Athenian said in its release that Townley expects to recuperate in time for the series' next race, the Pocono Mountains 150 (Aug. 1, 1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Townley finished 11th in points last season and had seven top-10 finishes
Contact between Tyler Reddick and John Wes Townley sends the No. 05 truck hard into the wall and back into an innocent Brandon Jones.
Joey Gase gets loose into the wall, spinning into John Wes Townley during the Kansas Lottery 300 in Kansas.
John Wes Townley and Regan Smith both hit the wall during practice at Kansas Speedway.
John Wes Townley and Tayler Malsam get caught up in a late race incident that sent both drivers spinning through the grass at Texas Motor Speedway.
John Wes Townley comes down on Ryan Blaney leading him to slamming the wall.
RELATED: Race results " Series standings BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Not even a pit road speeding penalty could keep Kyle Busch from his appointed rounds on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. With drafting help from Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones entering Turn 1, Busch regained the lead from Ryan Blaney on Lap 97 of 100 in the Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and held on to win by .157 seconds. Blaney held the second spot, and Jones finished third, followed by Johnny Sauter and Austin Dillon . Two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton battled a buckling windshield, a penalty for pitting too soon to correct it and a late spin after contact from John Wes Townley 's Chevrolet to finish sixth. Crafton gained three points on series leader Tyler Reddick , who ran ninth, and now trails by eight. Jones is third in the standings, nine points back. The victory was Busch's first at MIS after four runner-up finishes in the series, and it was his second in two starts since returning from an injury that sidelined the driver of the No. 51 Toyota from all racing activity from Feb. 21 through mid-May. "First win for me, first win for KBM here," said Busch, who won for the 44th time in the Truck Series. "I loved racing with those guys up there -- Jones, Blaney and Dillon. It was pretty hectic on how all that was going to shape up and play out. "Just cool to finally get that monkey off my back here in the Truck Series and notch another race track where I've won in all three divisions here at Michigan." Under caution on Lap 27, Busch was penalized for speeding while entering pit road and restarted at the back of the field on Lap 31. By Lap 51, Busch had worked his way back to fifth in the running order, and after an exchange of green-flag pit stops, he regained the lead on Lap 69. "We were trying something new with our tach settings, and it didn't really work," Busch said of the speeding infraction. Drivers gauge pit road speeds with their tachometers and a series of lights on the dashboard. In essence, Busch was seeing two sets of lights at the same time, calibrated to different settings, and that led directly to the speeding penalty. Once Busch passed Blaney with fewer than four laps left, Blaney -- without a teammate to help -- was resigned to a second-place finish. "When we got the lead (after a Lap 95 restart), I knew it was going to be hard to keep him behind us, because he can lay back to the 4 (Jones) and just get a big run and get by you," Blaney said. "There's nothing, as the leader, that you can do about it. "You're wide open. You can break the draft all you want, but when he's got a partner, it's just like speedway racing -- he can go by you."
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Final practice results Kyle Larson led the way in final NASCAR XFINITY Series practice Friday afternoon, putting the HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet atop the leaderboard at Watkins Glen International. Larson, a Sprint Cup regular with two XFINITY wins in his career, turned a lap of 123.623 mph late in the 57-minute session, which was extended two minutes past its scheduled window by NASCAR officials. His lap was slightly more than eight-tenths of a second better than second-fastest Joey Logano , who clocked a 122.223-mph lap in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford and was fastest in opening practice. Paul Menard was third-fastest 122.201 mph in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet in a 1-2-3 sweep by Sprint Cup regulars. Ty Dillon was fourth-fastest in another Childress Chevy, just ahead of fifth-best Brad Keselowski in the other Penske entry, the No. 22 Ford. Defending series champion Chase Elliott managed just the 18th-fastest lap at 119.444 mph, but dealt with mechanical trouble when his JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet slowed on the frontstretch midway through practice. "I think the rear end locked up on it," Elliott told his crew. "May have been a fluid issue with it. I don't think I missed any shifts." Series points leader Chris Buescher was sixth-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Daniel Suarez , who severely damaged his primary Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota during a crash in opening practice, was 11th-fastest. His lap was just one spot better than JGR teammate Boris Said , a veteran road racing making his third XFINITY start of the season. NASCAR officials added two minutes to final practice because of two late-session instances of stalled cars -- one for Eric McClure 's No. 24 and another for Tomy Drissi 's No. 26. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET (CNBC) . Logano sets early pace; heavy crash early hits Suarez Joey Logano sailed to the top of the leaderboard Friday afternoon in opening NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Watkins Glen International. Logano drove the Team Penske No. 12 Ford to a fast lap of 122.452 mph on the 2.45-mile road course in preparation for Saturday's Zippo 200 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), the 20th of 33 races this season. His lap was just slightly better than second-fastest Brad Keselowski , his Penske teammate who registered an 122.286 mph lap in the No. 22 Ford. Brendan Gaughan was third-fastest and Paul Menard fourth-best in a pair of Richard Childress Racing Chevrolets. Kyle Larson completed the top five. The 85-minute first session was marked by a severe crash for rookie Daniel Suarez in the early going. Suarez lost control of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota at the exit of the bus-stop chicane, sliding off course and hard into the Turn 5 barrier. The 23-year-old Suarez was uninjured, but the force of the impact lifted the No. 18 entry off the ground. His crew prepared his backup car in time for him to return to the track at the tail end of the practice. "When I got to that part of the race track, I was a little bit too loose on entry," Suarez said. "Like I say, it was my first lap with speed and it looks like it was a pretty hard hit. I just wasn't able to handle that little loop because it was getting worse and worse and worse, and I wasn't able to put the car back straight. I'm just disappointed with myself because it was very, very early. Hopefully we can get back to the race track to make up some ground." Aside from Suarez's wreck, the session was marked by a handful of harmless solo spins. John Wes Townley and Todd Bodine both looped their cars in Turn 7, near the track's pit entrance. Keselowski overshot the chicane, putting all four wheels in the grass before Turn 5. XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher was sixth-fastest in the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 Ford. Boris Said , the 52-year-old road racing expert, was ninth-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota as he readies for his third XFINITY Series start of the year. Final XFINITY practice is scheduled from 3:30-4:25 p.m. ET (NBCSN), with Coors Light Pole Qualifying set for Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET (CNBC).
RELATED: Full race lineup Matt Crafton , who lost the series points lead in the most recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, won his first Keystone Light Pole Award since 2012 with a top speed of 184.502 mph in Saturday's qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. The last driver out in the final round, Crafton was fast enough in his No. 88 Toyota to knock Daniel Hemric (183.833 mph) to the second position. Austin Dillon , Ben Kennedy and Timothy Peters round out the top five for the Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation, which is scheduled for later today (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Qualifying at the 2-mile track consisted of two rounds, with each truck taking one timed lap in the opening round, then the 12 fastest advancing to the final round in which they ran another timed lap. The rest of the top 12, in order of starting position: Cameron Hayley (sixth), Erik Jones , John Wes Townley , Johnny Sauter , Kyle Busch , Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney . Daniel Hemric , the last truck on track in the opening round, knocked Tyler Young off the bubble and to a 13th-place starting position.