John Wes Townley posted an 11th-place finish in the running of the Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Townley placed the No. 05 Zaxby's Toyota in the 20th-place position for the start of the 146-lap 219-mile race, after his truck became loose under another vehicle during knockout qualifying sessions on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas, Nevada track.
From the start of the Rhino Linings 350, Townley advanced forward, picking up seven positions by the first caution flag flew on lap three. The Athenian Motorsports entry was solid on the beginnings of the run but when the tires wore in tight conditions would develop.
The pit crew was on point keeping the drivers position on the track during the pit stops and with Townley’s determination the No. 05 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team brought home a solid 11th place finish in the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"We had a pretty decent run today,” John Wes Townley said "It isn't exactly where we wanted to end up but it is a definite start to some top 10 finishes for this Zaxby’s Athenian Motorsports team. Tire wear was pivotal, when we first would start out after the pit stop we’d be great but by the end of a long green flag run we’d be struggling. I know that we weren’t the only team having that issue here. I can’t thank Zaxby’s enough for their support and of course Mike Beam, the pit crew, Ted Musgrave who spotted last night and especially for the guys on this team that work hard every day trying to get the right setup underneath us each week. We will take what we learned today, build on it and head down the road to the next truck race."
While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has two off weekends, Townley will continue his busy race season, competing in both the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series events next weekend at Kansas Speedway.
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