RIGHT ON TRACK: A return to Pocono Raceway for John Wes Townley is one he looks forward too. Townley captured his highest finishing position (eighth) at the 2.5-mile track during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event last year. This year the Red Horse Racing driver tied his best finishing position at Charlotte Motor Speedway and credits it to his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team. With a combined three starts in the Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series, the tricky triangle is one that Townley just might have figured out.
LEBANON NATIVE RETURNS HOME: Justin Peiffer remembers his first visit to Pocono Raceway in 1993, Rusty Wallace won the race. The Lebanon, PA native grew up a race fan and had aspirations to become a part of the NASCAR industry. Peiffer moved to North Carolina in 2005 to attend school and returned to Lebanon, PA to work alongside Bobby Gearhart in 2007. Peiffer returned to NC in 2008 working for Eddie Sharp Racing and won the 2010 ARCA race at Pocono with Craig Goess. Notably his favorite track because of its distinct characteristics, Peiffer is anxious for a repeat of the 2010 victory lane.
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 unloadChassis No. 001 at Pocono Raceway. Townley most recently collected an 11th-place finish at Dover International Speedway with chassis 001. Chassis 001 also collected four consecutive top-five finishes on intermediate tracks in 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
MEET & GREET: Townley, along with teammates Germán Quiroga and Timothy Peters will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Friday, August 2nd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Pocono Raceway in the Chalet Village located outside Turn 3.
REARVIEW MIRROR - ELDORA: John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra earned the 24th qualifying spot at Eldora Speedway which placed him in heat No. 4 lining up fifth. Townley found his groove around the half-mile clay track and finished his heat race in the sixth position, starting the 150-lap main feature in the 24th position. Immediately, Townley maneuvered his way into the 22nd position. The final leg of the show, 40-laps of hard racing, Townley held his own and finished in the 22nd position.
John Wes Townley on Pocono Raceway:
You've had some great races at Pocono Raceway. What is it about the track you like so much?
"Pocono is a challenging race track, but it's really fast. That is my driving style. It has three distinct corners and they're all different, I just really enjoy racing there.
What is the main focus for your Zaxby's Tundra team during the second-half of the season?
"We are going to start stepping up our program now. I am going to try and keep my Zaxby's Toyota Tundra inside the top-10 and compete for wins. We are going to follow the same guidelines as before and do our best to stay out of trouble and put ourselves in contention at the end of the race."