LAS VEGAS CONTENDER: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is winding down with only six races left in the season. John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team have a lot to be proud of coming off a career high finish for the young driver at the series last race at Chicagoland. It's the fast, intermediate tracks where Townley seems to shine, collecting his previous high finish (seventh) at Michigan International Speedway earlier this year. Look for Townley and his Zaxby's Tundra to be up front during the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening.
WINNER CALLING THE SHOTS: There is no better person to have atop the pit box for John Wes Townley then that of crew chief, Mike Beam. Beam won the 2007 Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with driver, Travis Kvapil. They not only won the race, but won from starting on the front row position.
RED HORSE AIRBORNE: Ten Airmen from the 820th Red Horse Squadron will join Red Horse Racing for the 146-lap, Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Nellis Air Force Base is located just three miles from the Speedway. Their hard work and dedication to our Nation's military will be rewarded this weekend with a VIP trip on behalf of Red Horse Racing.
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: If there was a weekend to bring a Chassis that has given the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team luck, it's Chassis No. 009. This chassis has beat Townley's Truck Series career best finish, twice this season, most recently with a seventh-place finish at Michigan International Speedway. With six races and an average finishing position of 10.5, this chassis is sure to bring Townley his next best finish.
Townley has collected three 11th-place finishes (Iowa Speedway - September, Kentucky Speedway, Rockingham Speedway) and two top-10 finishes (Michigan International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway).
REARVIEW MIRROR - CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY: John Wes Townley came to the windy city with one goal in mind and that was to finish inside the top-10 with the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team. With a 16th-place qualifying effort, Townley was settling in nicely with new chassis No. 16. Townley found great speed on track running equal lap times to the leaders. As the laps wound down, Townley was in gear to capture his career high finish as he continued to gain momentum on the leaders. Townley went on to finish sixth, marking his best finish in the truck series. His previous best finish was seventh at Michigan.
John Wes Townley on Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Is what you learned at Chicagoland Speedway going to help you at Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
"You know, they are a little similar. I think the line you take at Vegas is slightly different. There are some bumps there getting into Turn one. That's really the only spot on the track where there is a lot of roughness. I've always liked Las Vegas and despite being a little bit different, I'm really excited to get out there and see what our Zaxby's Tundra can do.
How do you feel about heading into Las Vegas with some laps led at the track?
"I feel really good about it. It helps your confidence at any track if you've led some laps and been out front. Also coming off a great run at Chicago - that helps. I've always run pretty decently at Las Vegas so that's another comfort. Being with Red Horse Racing and the great equipment we have, there is not a reason we can't go out and collect a top-five finish."