HIGH STRUNG: There is no better place to race than 'The Last Great Colosseum' after capturing your NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career-high finish. That's the case for the driver of the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra, John Wes Townley after finishing seventh last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The young driver is anxious for Bristol Motor Speedway to see that he tops his career best finish during the UNOH 200 behind the wheel of his Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra.
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CHASSIS HISTORY: John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team will unload Chassis No. 003 this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Most recently, the chassis raced at Iowa Speedway where Townley finished 12th. The chassis was rebuilt after Martinsville Speedway earlier this season. 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.
REARVIEW MIRROR - MICHIGAN: It was a standout day for the driver of the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra during the National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway. John Wes Townley captured a seventh-place finish which marked his highest finishing position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Tundra driver qualified 17th and battled a loose handling truck for the majority of the 100-lap event. Townley was the cause for caution on lap 66 as he lost control of his Tundra coming out of Turn 4. With some masterful driving, Townley was able to keep his Tundra off the wall, sustaining no damage. Townley went on to fight his way through the field to cross the finish in the seventh position.
John Wes Townley on Bristol Motor Speedway:
What do you like the most about Bristol?
"I've always liked Bristol a lot. Since the repave it's been a really fun place to drive on. The high banks and short tracks are what I grew up on. It's a lot of fun. It reminds me of my roots. The new walls certainly made it a little more challenging. I'm looking forward to this week. I will definitely have a good Zaxby's Tundra which will hopefully make for an exciting weekend for our team.
Is there something about Bristol that gets you excited?
"I love it. I love the way the grandstands are. They call it the last great colosseum and it really has that feel to it. With it being so high banked it makes it a lot of fun to drive on. It's a challenging place too which makes it a real fun race as a driver overall.
Do you approach Bristol any other way?
"I think you have to guard yourself a little more. You don't want to overdrive it too fast. It is very easy to do. You can drive down into the corners and really overdrive getting it in. That can be a problem early in the race. It's one of those tracks where you really have to be disciplined and wait till the where it really matters to put yourself in contention to make the move. It's really intensified at Bristol."