SEASON AT-A-GLANCE: As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series enters their 12th race of the season at Michigan International Speedway for the Michigan National Guard 200, John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team have a lot to be proud of. In 11 races, Townley has tied his career best finish (eighth) at Charlotte Motor Speedway and earned five top-15 finishes. The young driver continues to learn during his first full season in the Truck Series and with Red Horse while making gains in his Toyota Tundra.
350 FOR RED HORSE RACING: This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Red Horse Racing will embark on a new milestone in their Camping World Truck Series career. With its three entries in the Michigan National Guard 200, the top-tiered Truck Series team will make their 350th Truck Series start. The team is currently competing in their ninth season and has amassed 11 wins, 11 poles, 72 top-five, and 141 top-10 finishes in their brief existence.
FOX SPORTS 1: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be found on a brand new network this weekend as FOX Sports 1 (FS1) makes its debut on August 17th. The Michigan National Guard 200 will be the first major sporting event on the new station which is expected to reach 90 million households. Red Horse Racing would like to welcome FOX Sports 1.
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: The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team will unload Chassis No. 009 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Chassis No. 009 tied John Wes Townley's career high finish (eighth) at Charlotte Motor Speedway after earning his third highest Truck Series finish at Rockingham Speedway where he crossed the finish line 11th. Townley also collected a top-15 finish at Texas Motor Speedway with this chassis.
MEET & GREET: Townley, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and Timothy Peters will visit the Camping World Store in Belleville, MI on Thursday, August 15th from 5:00 - 6:00p.m. for an autograph session. The trio will also join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Friday, August 16th from 4:15 - 5:00 pm at Michigan International Speedway in a tent outside Turn 1.
REARVIEW MIRROR - POCONO: Townley started 12th at Pocono Racway, after qualifying was set by practice speeds due to morning inclement weather. The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team had a solid truck and fought through the middle of the pack, nearing the top-10 for the majority of the race. With a limited amount of laps in the Pocono Mountains 125, Townley drove a sensible race but got shuffled back on the last restart and had a 17th-place finish.
John Wes Townley on Michigan International Speedway:
You are 11 races into the Truck Series season. How do you feel about your season this far?
"I think things have been going pretty good. There have been a few minor hiccups but I think luck is involved in that too. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks, so I'm excited to get to the track and to be competitive. I always enjoy racing at the track and now being in the great equipment that Red Horse Racing has, I'm excited about the race.
Red Horse Racing make their 350th start this weekend. What does it mean to you to be a part of that?
"Being part of an organization that has a lot of knowledge and been around for so long, it's an honor to be a part of it. They build great Zaxby's Toyota Tundras and have all the right employees to make the team so great. It makes Michigan a lot more exciting."