James Townsend Enjoying Rookie Campaign at Peterborough Speedway

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Moving up to the thunder car division this season, James Townsend has been having a solid campaign, running up front on a weekly basis at Peterborough Speedway.

“My thoughts so far are things are going as I planned this season,” he told Short Track Musings prior to this past weekend. “We have had strong runs every week, and been a strong contender. We have finished every race and are sitting second in points.”

After posting a fourth-place finish on opening night, Townsend has followed it up six top-six finishes, including four runner-ups. He had no finishes outside of the top-10 this past weekend when he was wrecked in the feature.

“It has gone better than I thought,” he admitted. “We have a fast car out of the box, and every week I learn more and get stronger in the car. I’m more than happy running against some fast competitors.”

Now moving forward to the second half of the campaign, Townsend says the goal is to score his first career feature victory, and keep finishing every race as “that’s how you get better.”

Townsend got his start in racing back in 2008 in the monthly enduro series, running there a few years before moving up to Mini Stock. Now with numerous Mini Stock feature victories under his belt and a solid 2017 campaign so far, he says the biggest memories surround seeing the various team members and fans come out to support him.

“You will remember that forever,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I am now without the team owner Kris Khan, and everyone else who comes out to support us.”


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