NASCAR: John Wes Townley to run full-time trucks, part-time XFINITY in 2015

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John Wes Townley will continue on his current track of running full-time in the Camping World Truck Series and part-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015.

However, his Athenian Motorsports team will be switching manufacturers from Toyota to Chevrolet.

Thus, Townley will race a Chevrolet Silverado in the Truck Series and a Chevrolet Camaro in the XFINITY Series, where the team says he’s expected to run between 18-21 races next year.

Perhaps even bigger, Athenian will have engines supplied by Hendrick Motorsports, which helped Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott claim the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series titles respectively this past season.

“I can’t wait to get to Daytona in February,” Townley said in a release. “I had a chance at the end of the 2014 season to work with my new crew chiefs. I think that time together is going to pay off big-time for us at the beginning of the new season.”

Mike Ford, a multi-time race winner in the Sprint Cup Series, will lead Athenian’s XFINITY team while Michael Shelton will lead its Truck Series operation.

Ford guided Townley in his last four XFINITY/Nationwide Series starts of 2014; Shelton became Townley’s Truck Series CC starting at Texas this past Halloween.

“Between the all-star lineup of talent we have put together, the new facility we’ll be working out next year and the fact that we will have access to the horsepower from the same company that produced the engines for this year’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series champions, I’m confident the pieces are in place for John Wes to have a breakthrough season in 2015,” said Mike Hamlin, Athenian’s vice president of operations.

The team is searching for a driver with sponsorship that can race its No. 25 XFINITY Series car in the events Townley won’t compete in.

In 2014, Townley finished 15th in Truck Series points with two Top-5s and four Top-10s. He also made 11 Nationwide starts with a top finish of 13th at Talladega.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.