Race after race, John Wes Townley continues to demonstrate his ability to execute when the time is right. During Saturday's Fred's 250 presented by Coca-Cola, the driver of the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra was there at the end when it mattered most.
Townley qualified for the 94-lap event in the 20th position and drove a steady, smart race paying close attention to his competitors around him. The draft stayed quiet for the first third of the race before the dance began. Townley made his mark inside the top-10 to the eighth position on lap 27. Fuel strategy played a part in the race as the majority of stops on pit road were to top off the Zaxby's Tundra.
The young driver continues to show his development as a driver missing two big accidents on the 2.66-mile superspeedway. The No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team carried out its race strategy to put Townley in contention at the end. On the final restart, Townley picked up two positions as he maneuvered thru the melee at the end and crossed the finish line in the seventh place with his damaged truck. The finish marks his third consecutive top-10 finish, with his last five finishes marking 12th or better. His finish also moves him up one position in the driver point standings to 13th.
John Wes Townley talks about the finish at Talladega Superspeedway:
"Man, I just saw a bunch of smoke and a truck upside down. It was pretty eerie when you come through the med center and half the field is in there. All in all, we did finish seventh and it was a good day for the Zaxby's Toyota Tundra. Can't really complain there."