Apr 15, 2013
John Wes Townley 2013 NCWTS SFP 250 Race Preview
Press Release

No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra
No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra
John Wes Townley

No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra

Starts: 1

Avg. Start: 18

Avg. Finish: 16

ARCA Series: Starts: 2

Avg. Start: 8

Avg. Finish: 21.5

Chassis: 085

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’: For the third consecutive week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will put on some of the best racing on the circuit. Red Horse Racing will take over Kansas Speedway for the series first visit to a 1.5-mile venue this season. This will be the second visit for John Wes Townley to the D-shaped oval in his Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra. The driver collected a 16th-place finish last spring in the 167-lap event and is anxious to showcase his talent during the SFP 250.

In addition to his Truck Series stats, Townley has two ARCA Racing series starts at the track and was found leading the ARCA Racing series race last season after his third place qualifying attempt.

NEW AT ZAXBY’S: Zaxby’s, a southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings, has been indescribably good for more than 20 years. The Athens, Georgia based chain offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Capturing the essence of a southern classic, guests can now enjoy Zaxby’s new Banana Pudding Milkshake for a limited time. It’s just the treat to complement Zaxby’s House Zalad, a popular menu item with mansion-sized flavor. The company operates more than 570 locations in 13 states. John Wes Townley will compete with Zaxby’s serving as primary sponsor for the entire 22 Truck Series race schedule. For more information, please visit, or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.

CHASSIS HISTORY: Chassis No. 085 will battle this weekend at Kansas with John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby’s Tundra team. Chassis 085 saw action at four tracks in 2012 including Chicagoland Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. During the off season, the chassis was rebuilt to prepare for 2013.

REARVIEW MIRROR – ROCKINGHAM: John Wes Townley and his No.7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra earned the top finishing position for the Red Horse Racing stable. The young driver started the 200-lap race from the 26th position and raced a free Tundra for most of the race. With some great coaching by crew chief, Mike Beam and Spotter Chris Lambert, Townley was able to fight his way to the front and collect an 11th place finish.

The 11th place finish is the highest finish this season for the team and Townley’s third highest Truck Series finish, which bodes well for constant improvement over the rest of the year.

John Wes Townley talks about Kansas Speedway:

This is the first 1.5-mile track of the season. How do you feel going to Kansas?

“I love the 1.5-mile track program. These are the type of tracks that I’ve worked up to from racing late models. Racing on the 1.5-mile tracks makes you feel like you’ve finally made it to the big leagues. Especially at a place like Kansas. With the recent repave it’s going to be really fast. I love when a track gets repaved and you can go full throttle.

After three races, how do you feel about your season so far with Red Horse Racing?

“I feel great. We are coming into Kansas with some momentum from our 11th place finish at Rockingham. I feel proud of that finish but am eager for more. Looking forward to Kansas to see what we can do with our Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra.”

About Red Horse Racing:

Founded in 2005, Red Horse Racing is a professional racing team that strives for excellence on and off the race track. The Red Horse Racing team works to build and maintain solid, mutually beneficial relationships with its partners to win races and to represent itself in a professional manner. The team has 10 victories and 10 poles in its brief existence. Red Horse Racing ownership also operates Performance Instruction and Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.

About Zaxby’s:

An alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley hatched the Athens, Ga.-based chain in 1990 to provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere that would keep guests coming back for more. The company ranked number seven in the 2012 Top 10 Excellent Large Fast-Food Chains With 500 Or More U.S. Units Quick-Track study published by Sandelman & Associates. The chain also ranked number five in the nation for total sales and number one in the chicken segment in the 2012 Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report published by Technomic. Zaxby’s operates more than 565 locations in 13 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information, please visit, or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.

Source: Red Horse Racing Press Release

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