FAMILIAR TERRITORY: With seven races left in the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra team have one goal in mind – to consecutively finish inside the top-10. Townley has three starts at Chicagoland Speedway – one each in the ARCA Racing Series, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and in the Truck Series. Look for Townley to top his previous performance (14th) at the 1.5-mile speedway and collect those top-10 finishes Red Horse Racing expects.
WELCOME HOME: Wes McPherson welcomes the trip to Chicagoland Speedway, as it brings him back home. The DuQuin, IL native grew up racing go-karts at local tracks around the area. McPherson is a graduate of Performance Instruction & Training (PIT) program and joined the Red Horse Racing family last fall and currently serves as the rear tire carrier on the No. 7 Zaxby’s crew.
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 will be racing Chassis No. 016 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The newest chassis built in the Red Horse Racing stable will make its debut around the 1.5-mile quad oval on Friday. The chassis is part of a series of new chassis that are all built around the intermediate track program.
MEET & GREET: Townley, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and Timothy Peters will visit the Toyota Pitpass Stage on Friday afternoon in the Chicagoland Speedway Vendor Midway at 1:30pm.
REARVIEW MIRROR – IOWA SPEEDWAY: John Wes Townley returned to Iowa Speedway after having had his best showing in three starts at the 0.875 mile tri-oval in the series last visit to the track. In his last outing in the No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra, Townley qualified 14th and finished 12th. The team qualified 15th and Townley spent most of the race in the middle of the pack driving a smart, conservative race as he battled a loose-handling race truck. Townley capitalized on his opportunity and beat his previous high finish crossing the line in 11th.
John Wes Townley on Chicagoland Speedway:
What are your thoughts on Chicagoland Speedway?
“Chicagoland has always been an interesting track. It’s a downforce track which makes it fun. It has its areas that you have to watch out for because it’s notorious for getting free which is not a good feeling there. A lot of how your Toyota Tundra runs depends on how windy it is that day. That’s one of the characteristics of Chicago, and the race track is no exception.
What is your expectation for the 225 mile race?
“I definitely want to improve my finishing position from last year. I think it’d be great to go out and get a top-10 finish. That’s my goal from here on out. Week in and week out for the rest of the season, my Zaxby’s team will do our best to earn those top-10 finishes.”