By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley has received a waiver from NASCAR, allowing him to compete for one of the available eight berths in the Truck Series first chase to determine its champion. To make the chase, Townley still will have to win a race and be inside the top-30 of the points standings at the end of the regular season. The waiver, simply, gives Townley a pass on the requirement of attempting to qualify for all regular season races.
Townley missed Truck Series races at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, earlier this month, as he was sidelined because of a possible concussion sustained in the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., near St. Louis. Townley was involved in two wrecks during that race.
Townley has been cleared to return to racing and will make his first start since his injury Saturday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. He heads into the race 21st in the points standings.
Five series championship-eligible drivers have wins, leaving three more spots up for grabs in the Truck Series chase. There are five more regular-season races remaining, including Saturday’s race at Pocono, before the seven-race chase gets underway.
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