(John Wes Townley was charged with DUI on Tuesday - Oconee County Sheriff's Office Photo)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley was suspended by RAB Racing in the aftermath of the driver's DUI arrest earlier this week.
Team owner Robby Benton released a statement on Friday regarding the decision to replace Wes Townley as driver for its No. 09 entry immediately.
"Obviously, this is an unfortunate situation," said team Benton. "However, we have to react to the severity of the incident accordingly. His actions do not reflect those of RAB Racing, nor the sponsors associated with the team.
"John Wes has accepted full responsibility and will take the necessary personal steps in order to correct his actions, among other internal sanctions. We stand by John Wes and will welcome him back to the team at the appropriate time."
Wes Townley had been out of NASCAR for more than a year after an unsuccessful Nationwide Series effort.
Townley was charged with DUI after crashing his 2012 BMW into a telephone pole in his native Georgia Tuesday; his second alcohol-related incident in the last two years. According to a report in The Athens Banner-Herald a 911 caller early Tuesday morning reported "a suspicious man knocking on the back door of a home.” Officials discovered Townley "swaying from side to side and bleeding from his bare feet" and disoriented, and he was arrested and charged with DUI. Sherriff’s deputies reportedly found blood on the seat and deployed airbags of Townley’s BMW.
NASCAR has been in close communication with the team and will continue to monitor the situation until it is decided whether Townley returns as driver.
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