BACK ON TRACK: After four short weeks, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns for competition at the 1.5-mile Quad oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway for 134-laps of beatin' and bangin' action. John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team are looking for redemption moving into the fifth race of the season and second on an intermediate track.
TESTING 1-2-3: During the Truck Series time off, Red Horse Racing took two days to travel to Texas Motor Speedway for intermediate testing. All three Red Horse Racing drivers participated in the test as well as drivers from some of its competitors. The test was structured to test in the afternoon and night so the drivers could experience how the track changes as it moves to night race conditions..
NASCAR DAY: On Friday, May 17th, the NASCAR Foundation will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of NASCAR Day. For the special anniversary, NASCAR created the 'Ten Days of Giving' with philanthropic visits set across the country. John Wes Townley kicked off the tour in Atlanta on May 8th alongside the NASCAR Foundation and Coca-Cola. The team presented the George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club with a new TV for their gaming room. Townley did a question and answer session and spent time playing the NASCAR game on the Wii with the kids.
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 zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team will utilize Chassis No. 001 on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chassis 001 collected four consecutive top-five finishes on intermediate tracks in 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
MEET & GREET: Don't miss John Wes Townley alongside teammates Timothy Peters and German Quiroga at the Toyota Pitpass Stage on Friday afternoon in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Midway at 12:30. Townley will be alongside other NASCAR Series drivers on Friday, May 24th at Food Lion Speed Street for an autograph session beginning at 1:00 pm.
REARVIEW MIRROR - KANSAS: John Wes Townley's No.7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra started the race in the 20th position and while his truck was a little tight early on, the team was up in the top-15 racing for position. Unfortunate circumstances on the race track collected Townley in an accident on lap 29 in turn four which ultimately ended their day.
John Wes Townley on Charlotte Motor Speedway:
How was the test at Texas Motor Speedway? What can you take onto Charlotte?
"There are a lot of changes we made as far as how our Toyota Tundras will react to certain changes. We wanted to find what I was comfortable with and continue to better our team communication. I think the more we learn about each other, what we like and what we don't like, I think we will grow as a team. When we get to Charlotte - now we have a notebook to see what change worked best for us.
What are you most looking forward to about this weekend?
"My Zaxby's Toyota Tundra drives really great. Charlotte is one of those races where the track is really slick. Having done the test two weeks ago will hopefully give us a good advantage and benefit us."