Former NASCAR Driver John Wes Townley Killed in Shooting
Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley, who raced in the Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series as recently as 2016, was killed in a shooting on Saturday in Athens, Georgia.
A published report in the Athens Banner-Herald said that Townley, 31, and a 30-year-old woman were shot in a domestic dispute just before 9 p.m. Townley died of his wounds at a local hospital. The woman is listed in serious condition, according to the Athens media outlet.
Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley has died at the age of 31 after a shooting in Athens, Georgia. pic.twitter.com/MYvzXdRsqS
John Wes Townley’s father, Tony Townley, is the co-founder of the chicken restaurant chain Zaxby’s.
Townley made 76 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and 110 Truck Series starts. Townley’s only national NASCAR series win came in the 2015 Truck Series race at Las Vegas in a Zaxby’s-sponsored Chevrolet. That year, he finished a career-best eighth in the final Camping World Truck Series standings.
Townley also had two wins in 58 career ARCA Menards Series starts. He won the season-opening ARCA races at Daytona International Speedway in both 2013 and 2016.
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