John Wes Townley Cause of Death
John Wes Townley Cause of Death – John Wes Townley was killed after being fatally shot with a gun. Zachary Anderson pulled the trigger that killed him in the presence of his ex-wife Laura Townley.
|Name||John Wes Townley|
|Date of Birth||December 31, 1989|
|Age||32 years (2021)|
|Cause of Death||Gunshot|
|Wife/Spouse||Laura Bird Townley|
|Date of Death||October 2021|
|Profession/Occupation||Stock car racing driver|
John Wes Townley Bio/Wiki
John Wes Townley Bio/Wiki – John Wes Townley was an American professional stock car racing driver who competed from December 31, 1989 to October 2, 2021. He is a native of Watkinsville, Georgia USA.
John Wes Townley Career
John Wes Townley Career – John Wes Townley’s career as a race driver began quite early and he soon gained popularity in the sports. He most recently raced part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Athenian Motorsports, driving the No. 05 Chevrolet Silverado, and part-time in the Xfinity Series for Athenian Motorsports, driving the No. 05 Chevrolet Camaro. Tony Townley, Townley’s father, is a co-founder of the Zaxby’s chicken restaurant business.
Prior to joining NASCAR, Townley raced in the American Speed Association. He debuted in the Nationwide Series in 2008, driving in three races for RAB Racing and resulting in three DNFs.
He also raced for Roush Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series, finishing 18th at both The Milwaukee Mile and Talladega Superspeedway.
In 2009, he returned to the Nationwide Series with RAB and qualified for a total of 26 races. He competed in 16 races and finished 23rd in the points standings.
Fans dubbed Townley “John Wrecks Weekly” because of his controversial driving style, which resulted in multiple accidents.
Townley joined Richard Childress Racing for the 2010 season, but was released before the season’s sixth race at Phoenix International Raceway. Clint Bowyer was his replacement for that race, and Bowyer and Morgan Shepherd were his replacements for the rest of the year. Later in the 2010 season, he returned to RAB Racing for a few races.
For the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Townley returned to RAB Racing to compete for Rookie of the Year honors.
Following a vehicle collision in suburban Oconee County, Georgia on February 7, 2012, Townley was arrested and charged with DUI.
RAB Racing suspended him for a “reasonable” period of time, while NASCAR placed him on probation until the end of the year.
Townley would return to the team in the Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway at the end of March, finishing 23rd.
In the following three races, he finished in the top 20, and in the summer, he returned to the Nationwide Series in RAB’s No. 99 Toyota at Dover International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.
Townley made his Sprint Cup Series debut at Pocono Raceway in August, driving for FAS Lane Racing, which was sponsored by Zaxby’s.
Townley joined with Red Horse Racing after the 2012 season to drive the team’s No. 7 Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series in 2013.
Townley was involved in an accident during ARCA qualifying at Pocono Raceway in August, and was forced to sit out the rest of the weekend as a precaution.
Townley was set to return to the Truck Series full-time in the No. 05 for Athenian Motorsports in December, as well as part-time in the Xfinity Series in the No. 25 for Athenian Motorsports.
When Matt Crafton pitted for fuel with six laps to go at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2015, he won his first career truck race. Townley chose to take the risk and was rewarded for it.
Townley was involved in an argument with Spencer Gallagher after the two crashed on lap 154 of the 2016 Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Townley declared in January 2017 that he was retiring from motorsports and that Athenian Motorsports would be winding down operations.
John Wes Townley Wife
John Wes Townley Wife – He was married to his wife Laura Bird. In the fall of 2016, he announced his engagement to his then girlfriend, Laura Bird. However, they separated after some time together.
John Wes Townley Death
John Wes Townley Death – On October 2, 2021, Townley was shot and died at a residence in the Five Points neighborhood of Athens, Georgia. With a hatchet, Townley allegedly attacked his ex-wife Laura Townley and Zachary Anderson, 32. Anderson fatally shot John Wes Townley, and Laura Townley was shot by accident and suffered critical injuries. No charges have been brought as of yet because the inquiry is still underway. He was 31 years old at the time.