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
See where drivers will pit for the Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET, FS1) The Camping World Truck Series pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) and the 21 Means 21 Qualifying Pole Award winner Erik Jones chose the first pit stall off pit road. Jones chose a pit stall that has an empty space in front of him, as did Kyle Busch (stall 7), Austin Dillon (stall 12), Kevin Harvick (stall 17), John Hunter Nemechek (stall 22), John Wes Townley (stall 31) and Daniel Hemric (stall 37). Caleb Roark chose the first stall onto pit road (stall 40) with three empty spaces behind him. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Late spin foils Erik Jones' attempt to beat his boss at Pocono RELATED: Contact turns Jones around on restart " Full race results LONG POND, Pa. -- It looked like it was going to be the teacher battling his mentor and team owner for a victory. However, Erik Jones ' spin on Lap 60 ruined his chances of beating Kyle Busch in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 . Running second at the time, Jones was in the middle lane challenging Busch for the lead when Austin Dillon 's right front made contact with Jones' left rear, which turned the driver of the No. 4 Toyota and spun the 19-year-old into Timothy Peters . Jones rebounded from the late-race trouble thanks to three green-white-checkered finishes to finish in 10th place for his ninth top-10 finish of the season. After the race, Jones pulled up to Dillon's car on pit road and the two had a civil exchange discussing the incident, even shaking hands afterward. Dillon explained his side of things to Jones, who mainly just listened. "It was a good exchange," Dillon said after the race. "I just told him the 05 (of John Wes Townley ) was in my left rear quarter panel and that's what I heard. I haven't seen a replay. I just felt like I was getting pushed and I was already loose. And I felt like if I lifted, I'd wreck, too. I chose the path to sustain it. I hate it for him. I was hoping he'd be able to save it. There wasn't much he could do off of 2. I hate it for him because he's running for points." Jones was disappointed to not get the win, especially when he was battling his boss for most of the day. Jones did edge Busch to win the 21 Means 21 Pole Award in the morning. RELATED: Busch wins at Pocono " Jones earns fourth pole of 2015 at Pocono "It was exciting," Jones said of racing against Busch, his truck owner, for the first time in the Camping World Truck Series. "I felt like we were definitely the two best trucks out there. "Unfortunately, we got spun out. You know, nothing you can really do about that. A solid day for us overall. Pretty good points day with the 88 (of Matt Crafton ) getting wrecked. We made up some good points. Could have made up some more had we finished first or second. But we'll take it." Jones sits third in the point standings, but is just 16 points back of series points leader Tyler Reddick and only five back of Matt Crafton for second place. Busch, who won the race, discussed racing against his protégé after the race. "He wants to win and that's where it all stems from," Busch said. "It's just competition. It's just the drive. He wanted to win today. He wanted to beat the boss, and he had the opportunity to do so. I don't know that I could have passed him if he was leading. It just didn't quite work out for him today, and that's tough. "And man, I've been there. I've hated it because you're still trying to make it in this game, and to make it in this game, the best way to do that is to win races and show people that you're the best and to not settle for second. Hopefully his top 10 will still continue to help him out through the rest of the year. I'm sure he'll still get some wins, and we can see him as a champion at the end of the year." Saturday was a busy day for Jones, who was doing his own version of the "double." From Pocono, he headed to Iowa Speedway for Saturday night's U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland where he finished seventh. Since he couldn't be in Iowa for practices and qualifying, Drew Herring shook down the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing . Jones is slated to attempt a similar double on Sept. 26 when he runs the Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before heading to Kentucky Speedway for the XFINITY Series VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM). 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.
Driver will lead field to green in Lilly Diabetes 250 (4 p.m. ET, NBC) RELATED: Full NXS Indy lineup Kyle Busch set a record for NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, pacing the field at a clip of 180.527 mph to pick up his first pole of the season. Busch will start the Lilly Diabetes 250 (4 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS, SiriusXM) on the front row alongside teammate Daniel Suarez (180.415 mph). Fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones was third on the docket at 179.928 mph and will start next to Richard Childress Racing ’s Brendan Gaughan (179.087 mph). The record 'Rowdy' broke was his own, set last year at 179.888 mph. Former Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard paced the first session at 180.411 mph but slipped to 178.873 mph in the second session to qualify fifth. All three JR Motorsports cars did not advance to the second and final round. Chase Elliott , Regan Smith and Kevin Harvick will start 13th, 14th and 16th, respectively. Alex Bowman , filling in for an ailing John Wes Townley in the No. 25, will start in between Smith and Harvick at 15th. Tune in Saturday afternoon for the Lilly Diabetes 250 from Indy. Coverage begins on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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.