Wauters Motorsports is proud to announce that 23-year old John Wes Townley will be driving the No. 5 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for 2014, and that his father, Tony Townley, the co-founder of Zaxby's, has come aboard as a team sponsor.
"We are excited to have John Wes and Zaxby's join us for the new season,” stated team owner Richie Wauters.. "He has made significant gains in his NASCAR career and we feel this is the right fit for him this season."We expect to have John Wes in the top-five in points and, hopefully, bring home some wins for Zaxby's."
Townley, 23, who finished 11th in points in the Truck Series this past season while competing for Red Horse Racing this year, began his NASCAR career in the Nationwide Series in 2008, after leaving the American Speed Association. At the time he competed in three races for RAB Racing and had three DNFs. He also competed in 7 Craftsman Truck Series for Roush Racing with a best finish of 18th at both The Milwaukee Mile and Talladega Superspeedway.
He returned to the Nationwide Series with RAB the following year, and finished 16 out of 26 races, ending up 23rd in points. However, due to his rough and tumble driving style (and number of accidents incurred), fans soon dubbed him "John Wrecks Weekly" from fans.
Townley joined Richard Childress Racing for 2010, but was released after a crash in practice at Phoenix resulting in his replacement at RCR by Clint Bowyer. He went back to RAB Racing for a few races later in the 2010 season, and was eventually suspended by the team following an arrest for DUI in February 2012.
Townley was then signed by Red Horse to drive the team's No. 7 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series for 2013. In addition, he drove for Venturini Motorsports in the season-opening race for the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway, winning the event. He then continued to run a split season between the ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Series for the team.