RIGHT ON TRACK: The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is unlike any other for John Wes Townley, driver of the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra. Townley continues to showcase his talent week-in and week-out. Coming off a third-place qualifying effort at Kentucky Speedway followed by an 11th-place finish, the Red Horse Racing team is ready for the short track of Iowa Speedway. Townley finished 11th at Dover International Speedway earlier this spring and is ready to collect his best Truck Series finish at the 0.875-mile track.
BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Isaiah Droud, tire guy and carrier for the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra welcomes the trip to Iowa Speedway, which is a short three hours from his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. His background in Sprint Car racing around the local Iowa tracks led him to North Carolina in 2008. Completing courses at Performance Instruction & Training (PIT), Droud served as a race day pit crew member in 2011 and 2012. He now is a full-time employee at Red Horse Racing fulfilling duties as team decal guru and No. 7 Zaxby's tire guy at the track.
NEW MENU ITEMS 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. Mixing things up, guests can now enjoy Zaxby's new Cobb Zalad through summer's end. Additionally, Zaxby's offers a new line of premium milkshakes including the popular Birthday Cake and Banana Pudding Milkshakes and the new Chocolate Cookie Milkshake. The company operates more than 575 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: John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team will utilize chassis No. 003 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Townley raced chassis 003 earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway and it has since been rebuilt. The chassis was also tested at Greenville-Pickens Speedway earlier this year. Chassis No. 003 also competed in five races in 2012 including the win at Dover International Speedway, both Martinsville Speedway races, the series first visit to Iowa Speedway in July and Bristol Motor Speedway.
MEET & GREET: Townley, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and Timothy Peters will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, July 13th from 2:30 - 3:15pm at Iowa Speedway under the Turn 4 grandstands.
REARVIEW MIRROR - KENTUCKY: It was another stand out race for John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra at Kentucky Speedway. Townley earned the third-place starting position for the UNOH 225, his second highest career start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He showed his driving craftsmanship on lap 81 when his Zaxby's Tundra broke free entering turn three. With his Tundra sideways, Townley was able to recover and regain control without losing any momentum. At race's end, it was an 11th-place finish for the No. 7 team. Moving up two positions from the previous race, Townley currently sits 15th in the driver point standings.
John Wes Townley on Iowa Speedway:
You've got five starts at Iowa Speedway in three different series. What is the secret to getting around Iowa Speedway?
"I've always liked racing at Iowa, it's a fun race track. It's one of those tracks where you need to be patient but you can be up on the wheel a little too. The key, like most short tracks is being able to hit your line every lap and be there at the end and put yourself in the right position where you can take your Zaxby's Toyota Tundra to victory lane at race's end.
What is different about your season this year than in years past?
"Everything has just really come together. A big part of it is the success is the equipment. The Red Horse Racing team is like nothing I have ever been involved with. To be able to turn my career around like this has been really amazing. It's a great experience. It's been a refreshing year for me, for sure."