John Wes Townley Enters Ice Cold Shriner Bowl at Lanier  51 Sports PR Report
Lake Lanier Area is Attractive to All Fans Who Come to Speedway throughout the Year
The stars are lining up for this weekend’s racing season kickoff in the state of Georgia.  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan has already been confirmed for the Ice Cold Shriner Bowl at Lanier National Speedway this Saturday and Sunday, January 10th and 11th, but track officials announced today that Georgian and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver John Wes Townley will enter the Pro Late Model 100-lap event.
“Since I only live about 30 miles from Lanier, racing there gives a lot of my family and friends an opportunity to come out and watch me race,” said Townley, who drives the Zaxby’s Pro Late Model.  “I always want to take advantage of any opportunity to get behind the wheel of a racecar. And during the offseason, I think if you're away from the car too long you tend to lose a bit of your edge.  It prepares me for when the competition will really step up in the Nationwide Series during the upcoming season.  And I'm also looking forward to racing against my good friend David Ragan."

Ragan will be on hand to not only race, but to also raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children, which is something Townley is excited to take part in.

“It's always an honor to race the No. 09 Zaxby's Ford each weekend.  But it's really special when I can help put on a good show for the fans and know the event is benefitting a terrific organization, such as the Shriners.”
This will be the second annual Ice Cold Shriner Bowl at Lanier National Speedway and interest in the event has been overwhelming.

“We wanted to build an event at Lanier that was similar to what they do at the Talladega Short Track with the Ice Bowl (dirt late model event),” explained Terry Roberts, General Manager of Lanier National Speedway.  “They do a great job with that in Alabama and we figured we wanted something like that here at Lanier in January because there is no other racing going on.  We scheduled the week after the Talladega event and now this will be the second annual event.”

Lanier Nat’l Speedway is planning an exciting season with plenty of newness surrounding the racetrack, including taking part in promoting the surrounding area.

“There is a lot to do in this area of Georgia throughout the year, even in January,” added Roberts.  “Lake Lanier is always a beautiful area.  There are outlet malls just down the road, and the Chateau Elan Winery is within a short drive as well.  We feel this area is a dynamic place for people to visit, and that’s why we want to make Lanier National Speedway and the surrounding area a destination for racing fans.”

A 100-lap Pro Late Model event (GAS rules) will be featured on Sunday, but that division will be joined by the Pro Challenge Series, Open Wheel Modifieds, Outlaw Sportsman (dirt late model bodied cars), Super Trucks, Legends Cars, Bandoleros and Mini Stocks.  Practice and qualifying for all divisions will occur on Saturday.  Pit Gates open at Noon on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.  Grandstand admissions open at noon on Sunday with racing beginning at 2pm.  David Ragan will hold an autograph session on Sunday.

Among those also expected to compete in the Pro Late Model race this weekend is track champion and NASCAR State Champion of Georgia Shawn Simpson.  In the Pro Challenge ranks, Meghan Dillner, who is the 15-year-old daughter of NASCAR on SPEED TV commentator Bob Dillner, will be gunning for the victory at the Lanier oval.

Shortly after the Ice Cold Shriner Bowl, the biggest event of the winter for Late Model racing will visit Lanier National Speedway.  The beautiful facility is the new home for SpeedFest 2009, which will feature both Pro and Super Late Models.  The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 24th-25th, 2009.  More details are to follow.

For more information on the Ice Cold Shriner Bowl, be sure to check out speed51.com and visit the official site of Lanier National Speedway at www.lanierspeedway.com.  If you have any questions regarding the event, please call the track office at (770) 967–8600.






John Wes Townley's #09 Pro Late Model.