John Wes Townley

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John Wes Townley
John Wes Townley at Thunder Valley.jpg
Townley at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2015
Born (1989-12-31) December 31, 1989 (age 28)
Watkinsville, Georgia
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
76 races run over 8 years
2016 position 111th
Best finish 23rd (2009)
First race 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 (Dover)
Last race 2016 Sparks Energy 300 (Talladega)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
110 races run over 6 years
2016 position 17th
Best finish 8th (2015)
First race 2008 Ohio 250 (Mansfield)
Last race 2016 Texas Roadhouse 200 (Martinsville)
First win 2015 Rhino Linings 350 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 24 2
Statistics current as of October 29, 2016.

John Wes Townley (born December 31, 1989)[1] is a retired American professional stock car racing driver. He last competed part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 05 Chevrolet Silverado for Athenian Motorsports, and part-time in the Xfinity Series, driving the No. 05 Chevrolet Camaro for Athenian Motorsports. Townley's father Tony is a co-founder of the Zaxby's chain of chicken restaurants.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Townley's 2009 Nationwide Series car

Townley drove in the American Speed Association prior to joining NASCAR. He began racing in the Nationwide Series in 2008 when he drove in three races for RAB Racing and had three DNFs. He also competed in 7 Craftsman Truck Series for Roush Racing with a best finish of 18th at both The Milwaukee Mile and Talladega Superspeedway. He returned to the Nationwide Series with RAB in 2009 and qualified for 26 races. He finished 16 races and finished 23rd in points. Townley's driving style proved controversial, resulting in numerous accidents; he received the nickname "John Wrecks Weekly" from fans.[2]

Townley joined Richard Childress Racing for 2010, but was released at the sixth race of the year at Phoenix International Raceway after one of his trademark "It-looks-like-he-just-got-loose" single-car crashes. That resulted in his replacement for the race by Clint Bowyer, and for the rest of the year by Bowyer and Morgan Shepherd. He rejoined RAB Racing for a few races later in the 2010 season.[2]

2012–present[edit]

Townley returned to RAB Racing for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[3]

On February 7, 2012 Townley was arrested and charged with a DUI following an automobile accident in suburban Oconee County, Georgia.[4][5] He was subsequently suspended by RAB Racing until an "appropriate" amount of time had passed,[6] and was placed on probation by NASCAR through the end of the year.[7] Townley would return to driving for the team in the Camping World Truck Series at the end of March at Martinsville Speedway, where he finished 23rd.[8] He would finish in the top 20 in the following three races, and would return to the Nationwide Series in RAB's No. 99 Toyota at Dover International Speedway[9] and Daytona International Speedway during the summer.

In August, Townley attempted to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Pocono Raceway, driving for FAS Lane Racing with sponsorship from Zaxby's.[10] Townley hit the wall on his warm-up lap of practice out of the tunnel turn and was replaced by Jason White.[11] On the same weekend he scored his first career top-10 finish in NASCAR, finishing 8th in the Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono.[12]

Townley's 2013 ARCA car at Road America
Townley's 2013 truck at Rockingham Speedway

After the 2012 season, Townley signed with Red Horse Racing to drive the team's No. 7 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series for 2013.[13] In addition, Townley drove for Venturini Motorsports in the season-opening race for the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway. Starting from the pole, he went on to win the event,[14] running a partial schedule in ARCA and the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the team.[15] Townley finished 11th in Truck points.

For the 2014 season, Townley moved to Wauters Motorsports to drive the No. 5 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series,[16] as well as running full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports.[17] Mid-season, Townley moved to Athenian Motorsports, which is owned by his father Tony Townley, for the remainder of the Truck Series season as well as a partial Nationwide Series schedule.

At Pocono Raceway in August, Townley was involved in an accident during ARCA qualifying, and was forced to sit out the remainder of the weekend as a precaution.[18] In December, it was announced that Townley would return to the Truck Series full-time in the No. 05 for Athenian Motorsports while also running part-time in the Xfinity Series in the No. 25 for Athenian Motorsports.

In 2015, he won his first career truck race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when Matt Crafton pitted for fuel with 6 laps to go. Townley stayed out on the gamble and won in the process.

During the 2016 Drivin' for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park, Townley was involved in an altercation with Spencer Gallagher, after the two crashed during on lap 154.[19] Townley was eventually fined $15,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year. He missed the following race at Kentucky Speedway for concussion treatment and was replaced by Parker Kligerman.[20] Townley also missed another race when he skipped the Texas Motor Speedway truck race to treat an injured left ankle, with Cody Coughlin taking over the No. 05 for the event.[21]

In January 2017, it was announced Townley was retiring from motorsports and Athenian Motorsports would subsequently be shutting down operations.[22]

Personal life[edit]

A native of Watkinsville, Georgia, Townley participates in mountain biking and enjoys playing the piano and guitar.[23] He announced his engagement to girlfriend Laura Bird in the fall of 2016.[22]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2012 FAS Lane Racing 32 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC
Wth
GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV TAL CLT KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM NA -

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2008 RAB Racing 09 Ford DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI
DNQ
CAL RCH DOV
30
KAN CLT
27
MEM
DNQ
TEX
DNQ
PHO
38
HOM
DNQ
92nd 204
2009 DAY
21
CAL
22
LVS
38
BRI
16
TEX
36
NSH
18
PHO
36
TAL
18
RCH
DNQ
DAR
34
CLT
DNQ
DOV
38
NSH
42
KEN
32
MLW
DNQ
NHA
28
DAY
36
CHI
21
GTY
21
IRP
DNQ
IOW
29
GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI
33
CGV ATL
DNQ
RCH DOV
18
KAN
31
CAL
17
CLT
28
MEM
40
TEX
18
PHO
23
HOM
24
23rd 1989
2010 Richard Childress Racing 21 Chevy DAY
23
CAL
30
LVS
15
BRI
26
NSH
18
PHO
Wth
TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP 47th 866
RAB Racing 09 Ford IOW
24
GLN MCH
17
BRI
27
CGV ATL
22
RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM
2012 RAB Racing 24 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL
15
DAR IOW CLT 126th 01
99 DOV
20
MCH ROA KEN DAY
25
NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV BRI
23
ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT
32
KAN TEX PHO HOM
2013 Venturini Motorsports 25 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI
17
CAL TEX RCH TAL
DNQ
DAR CLT
35
DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CHA TEX PHO HOM 114th 01
2014 Athenian Motorsports DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL
13
IOW CLT
22
DOV MCH ROA KEN
Wth
DAY
18
NHA CHI
27
IND
28
IOW GLN MOH BRI
18
ATL
32
RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN
31
CLT TEX
23
PHO
23
HOM
33
100th1 01
2015 Chevy DAY
33
ATL
27
LVS
19
PHO CAL
23
TEX
17
BRI
14
RCH TAL
15
IOW
13
CLT
29
DOV
15
MCH CHI DAY
19
KEN
32
NHA IND IOW GLN
39
MOH BRI
23
ROA DAR
26
RCH
30
CHI
13
KEN DOV CLT
22
KAN TEX PHO HOM 97th 01
2016 05 DAY
17
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
26
DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 111th 01
- Replaced by Clint Bowyer

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2008 Roush Fenway Racing 09 Ford DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD
27
DOV TEX MCH MLW
18
MEM KEN
21
IRP NSH
30
BRI
35
GTW NHA LVS TAL
18
MAR ATL TEX PHO
24
HOM 39th 622
2009 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT
DNQ
DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI CHI IOW GTW NHA LVS MAR TAL TEX PHO HOM 120th 0
2012 RAB Racing 09 Toyota DAY MAR
23
CAR
20
KAN
16
CLT
16
DOV
16
TEX
27
KEN
31
IOW
20
CHI
14
POC
8
MCH
25
BRI
24
ATL
19
IOW
15
KEN
10
LVS
14
TAL
25
MAR
18
TEX
16
PHO
13
HOM
32
16th 521
2013 Red Horse Racing 7 Toyota DAY
21
MAR
32
CAR
11
KAN
32
CLT
8
DOV
11
TEX
15
KEN
11
IOW
12
ELD
22
POC
17
MCH
7
BRI
30
MSP
12
IOW
11
CHI
6
LVS
7
TAL
7
MAR
13
TEX
9
PHO
27
HOM
6
11th 641
2014 Wauters Motorsports 5 Toyota DAY
14
MAR
20
KAN
11
CLT
4
DOV
12
TEX
5
GTW
8
KEN
21
15th 499
Athenian Motorsports 05 Toyota IOW
22
ELD
19
POC MCH BRI
29
MSP CHI
15
NHA
18
LVS
11
TAL
8
MAR
33
TEX
20
PHO
33
HOM
35
2015 Chevy DAY
22
ATL
12
MAR
8
KAN
12
CLT
6
DOV
18
TEX
3
GTW
11
IOW
10
KEN
8
ELD
14
POC
17
MCH
17
BRI
11
MSP
25
CHI
10
NHA
26
LVS
1
TAL
16
MAR
11
TEX
17
PHO
3
HOM
10
8th 730
2016 DAY
26
ATL
7
MAR
21
KAN
26
DOV
29
CLT
16
TEX
17
IOW
19
GTW
23
KEN ELD POC
29
BRI
10
MCH
12
MSP
12
CHI
20
NHA
12
LVS
13
TAL
28
MAR
21
TEX
PHO HOM 17th 255

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Wes Townley team bio". RAB Racing. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b Minter, Rick (September 3, 2010). "John Wes Townley gives Nationwide team a boost". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Townley To Drive RAB Racing Entry In 2012". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. January 13, 2012. Archived from the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Oconee Blotter". Athens Banner-Herald. Athena, Georgia. February 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ Pockrass, Bob (February 10, 2012). "RAB Racing's John Wes Townley arrested on DUI charges in Georgia". SceneDaily.com. The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "RAB Racing suspends driver John Wes Townley". News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved 10 February 2012. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Utter, Jim (March 22, 2012). "Townley placed on probation by NASCAR through Dec. 31". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ Dryden, Cortney (March 23, 2012). "John Wes Townley Returns to Driver's Seat of RAB Racing's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Entry at Martinsville". RAB Racing. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  9. ^ "John Wes Townley, No. 99 Barberitos Southwestern Grille Toyota Camry, Dover Preview". RAB Racing via Speedway Media. May 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  10. ^ Turnbull, Doug (July 31, 2012). "What's the points, Danica demo-derby, and Cup team expansion". WSB Radio. Atlanta, GA. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ Gluck, Jeff (August 3, 2012). "Jason White To Replace John Wes Townley In No. 32 Sprint Cup Car At Pocono". SB Nation. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  12. ^ "Toyota NCWTS Pocono Post-Race Notes & Quotes". Toyota Racing via Speedway Media. August 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  13. ^ Gluck, Jeff (December 18, 2012). "John Wes Townley joins Red Horse Racing in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series". SBNation. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  14. ^ Gelston, Dan (February 16, 2013). "John Wes Townley wins 1st ARCA race at Daytona". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Townley Inks Partial Season Race Deal". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. March 12, 2013. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  16. ^ "John Wes Townley to Wauters Motorsports for 2014". Yahoo! Sports. December 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  17. ^ "John Wes Townley". Automobile Racing Club of America. February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  18. ^ Pennell, Jay (August 1, 2014). "John Wes Townley hospitalized after Pocono ARCA wreck". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  19. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (June 26, 2016). "Townley, Gallagher wreck, wrestle and then slug it out after Gateway wreck". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ "POSSIBLE CONCUSSION SIDELINES TOWNLEY AT KENTUCKY". NASCAR. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ "JOHN WES TOWNLEY RULED OUT FOR TEXAS RACE". NASCAR. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
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  23. ^ Gluck, Jeff (July 30, 2013). "12 Questions with John Wes Townley". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 

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