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Gateway Gives Townley and Wauters Motorsports Another Top-10 Finish

Gateway Gives Townley and Wauters Motorsports Third Top-10 Finish of 2014 in Zaxby’s Toyota

John Wes Townley posted an eighth-place finish in the running of the Drivin’ for Linemen 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the No. 5 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra at Gateway Motorsports Park Saturday night.

IMG_2331Townley missed the first session of practice due to racing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Friday at Michigan International Speedway.  Nelson Piquet Jr shook down the Wauters Motorsports entry during the two extended sessions on the Madison, Illinois track.

Townley placed the Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra in the 15th-place position on the starting grid on the 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park during the qualifying rounds Saturday afternoon. Due to adjustments after qualifying the No. 5 Zaxby’s Tundra was placed at the rear of the field for the the beginning of the 160-lap Drivin’ for Linemen 200.

Townley immediately advanced the Wauters Motorsports NASCAR Camping World truck from the back of the pack moving into the 16th place by lap 43 running times comparable to the leaders.  The team discovered that Townley was able to hear the spotter but was unable to communicate back.  The team brought the Zaxby’s tundra down pit road under the green flag on lap 62 where the jack man had difficulty causing a slow stop sending the driver back out in the 18th place.  The caution flag flew on lap 74 where the Wauters Motorsports team brought Townley back down pit road to top off the fuel and change out the radio.

Once communication was reestablished Townley continued to advance up to the ninth place position.  The caution flag flew on lap 124 where the team came back down pit road on lap 126 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to help the Tundra’s handling.  Townley restarted in the eighth-place position on lap 133 and was able to maintain the position posting his third top-10 finish of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

IMG_2359“We struggled with the truck Saturday,” John Wes Townley said. “The NCWTS teams haven’t been at Gateway since 2010 so it was hard to get a good balance.  Richie (Wauters) and all the guys on the Wauters Motorsports team never stopped working to make the Zaxby’s Tundra better and the efforts really paid off with another top-10 finish.   I have to thank the crew guys, Joe Gibbs for the horsepower, Mike Beam for keeping me out of the accidents on the track, Nelson Piquet, Jr for shaking the truck down for us and especially Zaxby’s for their support.  It ended up being a good point’s night moving us up into seventh place in Driver Points and 10th in Owner Points!”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action Thursday, June 26 at Kentucky Speedway for the running of the UNOH 225.

For more information on Wauters Motorsports visitwww.WautersMotorsports.com.  Be sure tofollow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WautersMotors5, John Wes Townley on Facebook and @JWTownley on Twitter.

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. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 595 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 zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys

 

 

Townley Glad NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Going Back to Gateway

 ‘Townley Does Double Duty in Michigan and St. Louis – Nelson Piquet Jr to Practice Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra Friday’

IMG_0839John Wes Townley will be pulling double duty racing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Michigan International Speedway Friday, June 13th and then the Gateway 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Due to the split schedule, Nelson Piquet Jr. will practice No. 5 Zaxby’s Wauters Motorsports entry on Friday while Townley is in Michigan.  Townley will be back from Michigan in time for Saturday morning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driving for Linemen 200 practice.

Townley has one start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2009 posting a 21st-place finish on the 1.25-mile Madison, Illinois track.  Team owner, Richie Wauters in his tenure as a crew chief has one top five and  two top 10 finishes six starts on the track just East of St. Louis, Missouri.

“I’m glad that NASCAR is going back to Gateway,” John Wes Townley said.  “Gateway is a great track but can be challenging.  Turns one and two are tight banked and shaped similar to Darlington, turns three and four are flat, yet sweeping.  The straightaways are long and tight which will make for some exciting racing.  I’m glad NASCAR is having the extended practice for the teams on Friday.  I’ll be talking to Nelson (Piquet, Jr) to see how the truck and track are both handling before I hop in for Saturday mornings practice.  I’m looking forward to putting on a good race for the fans that have waited four years for NASCAR to come back to Gateway.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driving for Linemen 200 is slated to begin Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:30pm CT.

Fox Sports 1 will televise qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Park at 4:00pm, with live race coverage beginning at 8:00pm.  Radio coverage begins at 8:00pm on MRN & Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Be sure tofollow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WautersMotors5, John Wes Townley on Facebook and @JWTownley on Twitter.

ZAXBY'S logoAbout 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. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 595 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 zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys

 

 

 

Fuel Strategy Finds John Wes Townley a Top-Five Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

‘Driver gives Wauters Motorsports Team Second Top-5 of Series Season to Date’

John Wes Townley posted a fifth-place finish in the running of the WinStar World Casino 400 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway in No. 5 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra after crew chief Richie Wauters fuel strategy pays off.

IMG_2214Townley placed the Wauters Motorsports entry in the ninth-place position on the starting grid for the 167 lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Townley posted a second fastest time in the first round, 11th-fastest in the second round and ninth in the third and final round of knockout qualifying.

From the beginning of the WinStar World Casino 400 Townley reported in that the Zaxby’s Tundra was loose.  The team brought the driver down pit road under caution on lap on lap 36 for adjustments.  The changes made the race truck tight but Townley held on pitting twice more during caution flags to make adjustments.

After the last pit stop on lap 106 the team knew the driver would be short on fuel but Townley was able to conserve while other leaders needed to pit, giving the Zaxby’s team a second top-five finish of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

“Wow, what a great call by Richie (Wauters) to have us conserve those last few laps while the other leaders had to pit,” John Wes Townley said.  “We ran out on the last lap in (turn) three and were passed right by the flag stand.  We’ll take the fifth-place finish for Zaxby’s and Toyota.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes their return to Gateway Motorsports Park since 2010 next Saturday, June 14, 2014.

For more information on Wauters Motorsports visit www.WautersMotorsports.com.  Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WautersMotors5, John Wes Townley on Facebook and @JWTownley on Twitter.

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. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 595 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 zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys

Townley Set to Take-On Texas Motor Speedway in Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra

ZAXBY'S logoJohn Wes Townley is ready to take on Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 6, 2014 for the running of the WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the No. 5 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra.

Townley lists the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway as one of his top-five favorite racetracks.  He has two prior NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on the Fort Worth, Texas racetrack, posting a best finish of ninth-place in 2013.

“Texas is one of my favorite racetracks,” John Wes Townley said.  ”It is shaped like Charlotte (Motor Speedway) and handles how Charlotte should handle.  Charlotte varies so much on how a race vehicle handles and is unpredictable.  Texas, if you have a good race car or race truck you can get in to a rhythm much easier.  I’m looking forward to the race and hope to best my finish for Wauters Motorsports and Zaxby’s.

IMG_2135Team owner, Richie Wauters has one victory (Kyle Busch 2009), five top-5 and eight top-10 finishes at TMS in 17 starts with nine different drivers.

The WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race is slated to begin at 8:00pm (CT) on Friday, June 6, 2014.  Fox Sports 1 broadcast will race coverage at 7:30pm along with live radio coverage beginning at 7:45 pm on MRN & Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WautersMotors5, John Wes Townley on Facebook and @JWTownley on Twitter.

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. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 595 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 zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys

 

John Wes Townley Rebounds to a 12th Place Finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Dover International Speedway

‘Loose wheel keeps the Zaxby’s Tundra from a Top-Five Finish’

IMG_2149John Wes Townley posted a 12th-place finish in the running of the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Raceway Saturday afternoon piloting the No. 5 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra.

Due to rain canceling practice on Thursday the starting grid was set up by owner’s points, placing the Wauters Motorsports entry in the 11th-place position for the 200 lap, 200 mile race on the Monster Mile.

The Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra was fast from the start of the 200 lap race but Townley reported in that the  truck was tight and running hot while running in the sixth-place position. Under caution on lap 79 the Wauters Motorsports team brought Townley down on pit road taking four tires and fuel. On lap 89, while running in the seventh-place positon, Townley reported in that he felt a vibration returning to pit road on lap 97 under the green flag.  The tire changers gun had jammed on the previous pit stop causing the caps on the tire to become locked before the lugnuts were tight, resulting in the wheel to be loose.   Thankfully, Townley felt the vibration and returned to the race in the 18th-place position.

Townley rebounded driving the No. 5 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra to a 12th-place finish in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway

“We really had a pretty decent truck, but it was tight all night,”  John Wes Townley said.  “Unfortunaltey, the loose wheel kept us from another top-five finish for Zaxby’s, Wauters Motorsports and Toyota.  Not much you can do with an equiptment failure and it could have ended up worse.  We’ll head to Texas next weekend and see if we can get another top-five start there.”

Townley will compete Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards before meeting up with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team  at Texas Motor Speedway for the running of the WinStar World Casino 400 Friday, June 6, 2014.

Be sure to follow Wauters Motorsports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WautersMotors5, John Wes Townley on Facebook and @JWTownley on Twitter.

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. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 595 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 zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys