Townley was slated to drive the No. 32 FAS Lane Racing Ford in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400, but slapped the wall in Turn Two, before completing a single lap in practice. The team repaired the damage, but sources say Townley opted not to return to the cockpit, concentrating instead on his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effort with RAB Racing. Truck Series driver Jason White will replace Townley in the car, which is a guaranteed starter in Sunday’s race.
|Baby Daddy Denny|
…NASCAR’s baby boom continues, with word yesterday that Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin and girlfriend Jordan Fish are expecting their first child in January. "It's been a long time coming," said Hamlin. “It's going to be exciting to be a dad.
"It's going to be a great experience, and I'm really just excited to be a part of it," he said. "For my parents to have grandkids is going to be good. Everything works great, things happen and we're excited about the timing. It's going to be in January, so it's the offseason. All of that seems to be aligning perfectly for us. My parents live a mile or two down the road, so they're going to get to visit all of the time. It's going to be a great time over these next six months to a year."
Fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman have both welcomed new arrivals to the family in recent weeks.
…Talk in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage has installed Brazilian Nelson Piquet, Jr., as a prohibitive favorite in this afternoon’s Pocono Mountains 125. The Turner Motorsports driver topped yesterday’s opening practice by nearly a tenth of a second, before qualifying on the pole this morning.
…Justin Lofton crashed his Eddie Sharp Racing Chevrolet in Truck Series qualifying this morning, forcing his team to roll out a backup truck. Lofton entered the weekend third in championship points, and will start this afternoon’s race from the rear of the field.