John Wes Townley was an 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.
Now, CBS Sports along with several other sources have confirmed that the former racer John Wes Townley has died after he became the victim of the shooting in Athens. The incident is further revealed to be related to domestic violence where Townly was also present in the scene with an ax in his hand reports Jayski.
‘SHOCKING’; Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley shot, killed in Athens, Ga.
In a double shooting in Athens, Ga. on Saturday, John Wes Townley, who made over 200 starts in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series over a nine-year period, was shot and murdered (Oct. 2).
Responders to a shooting near the Athens Five Points area discovered Townley and a female victim, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. Both were taken to the hospital, where Townley died as a result of his injuries. The Five Points neighborhood is a “retail corridor and community” near the University of Georgia campus.
Additionally, the report stated that authorities were in contact with the perpetrator, who has not been charged as of yet, and that he was known to the two victims.
The son of longtime sponsor Zaxby’s co-founder Tony Townley, he made 76 Xfinity and 110 truck starts during his career. Townley scored his first victory in the latter series on Oct. 3, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
During his eight years in truck racing, he finished in the top five times and 24 times in the top ten. He also won two ARCA Menards Series races. Townley also had 15 top-five and 30 top-ten finishes in ARCA, as well as two poles.
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John Wes Townley Age, Date of Birth, Birthday, Family, what about his father, mother, where is he from? Early Life.
John Wes Townley was at the age of 31 years old at the time of his death. As a matter of fact, John was born on December 31, 1989, in Watkinsville, Georgia as mentioned in his Wikipedia bio. Townley’s father Tony is a co-founder of the Zaxby’s chain of chicken restaurants.
Furthermore, as he was interested in racing from an early age, Townley started racing in nationwide series when he was only at the age of 19. What followed the early age passion was several successful races and years ahead.
There is no information about his family background and his personal life.
John Wes Townley Net worth, how much did he earn?
The late John Wes Townley is reported to have left behind a net worth of around $1.5 million. John as a racer had a successful career filled with both victories and losses.
And since the car races are known for making good money, we can expect Towley to have made a decent sum of money. However, the official sources have not confirmed the actual net worth of John Wes Townley to this date.
John Wes Townley Wife, His Relationship, What about Children?
Laura Bird Townly is the ex-wife of the racer John Wes Townley who is supposed to be the woman injured in the firing. When the Dunwoody man fired his gun towards Townley, he is also reported to have accidentally injured a woman who was present at the murder scene.
Since it is related to domestic violence, many talks about the injured woman possibly being his former wife Laura Bird Townley has surfaced in the media.
As soon as the police arrived the 30-year-old woman was also quickly taken to the hospital along with John and is said to have serious injuries but is still alive and recovering. However, the investigators denied revealing the identities of the woman.
John Wes Townley Career
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. John 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.
Townley joined Richard Childress Racing for 2010 but was released at the sixth race of the year at Phoenix International Raceway. 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 a few races later in the 2010 season.
Townley returned to RAB Racing for the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.
On February 7, 2012, Townley was arrested and charged with a DUI following an automobile accident in suburban Oconee County, Georgia. He was subsequently suspended by RAB Racing until an “appropriate” amount of time had passed, and was placed on probation by NASCAR through the end of the year.
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. 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 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. Townley hit the wall on his warm-up lap of practice out of the tunnel turn and was replaced by Jason White. 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.
Camping World Truck Series for 2013
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. 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, running a partial schedule in ARCA and the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the team. 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, as well as running full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for Venturini Motorsports. 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. 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.
Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park
During the 2016 Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park, Townley was involved in an altercation with Spencer Gallagher, after the two crashed on lap 154. 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. 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.
In January 2017, it was announced Townley was retiring from motorsports and Athenian Motorsports would subsequently be shutting down operations.
Where he attended his High school and University? What was his major?
He Studied at Attended Gainesville State University. Hei might be a talented student which is reflecting on his career too.
John Wes Townley Social Media Reach
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