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Richard Childress: John Wes Townley still employed by RCR

FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR Nationwide Series team owner Richard Childress told ESPN on Friday that driver John Wes Townley is still employed by Richard Childress Racing but that Clint Bowyer will drive Townley’s No. 21 Chevrolet for the next two races.

Townley was signed by RCR in the offseason but has had a rough start to 2010. Childress replaced him with Bowyer at Phoenix last weekend after Townley crashed in practice.

Bowyer is in the car at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend and at Talladega next weekend, Childress said.

"We’ll make a decision (where) we go from there," Childress told ESPN. "(Sponsor) Zaxby’s is a great company to be associated with. It’s a great family. We’re hoping to get this thing sorted out and go win some races fort Zaxby’s."

Townley’s father, Tony Townley, is a co-founder of the fast-food chain. The driver and sponsor came to RCR for 2010.

Asked whether other drivers could fill in for Townley at certain events, Childress said, "we haven’t gotten that far yet."

"We want to keep working with John Wes and develop him," Childress said. "That’s the reason we got … him. We feel that he’s got the talent to go out and work with. We feel good about his future."