John Wes Townley came to the NextEra Energy Resources 250 having won last Saturday's ARCA Racing Series race from the pole at Daytona International Speedway. All indications were good for the young driver's inaugural race with Red Horse Racing behind the wheel of the No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra. After qualifying 28th, Townley hung back with teammate Timothy Peters so they could team up when the right opportunity presented itself to go to the front. Townley's highest running position was 13th, but the Zaxby's Toyota Tundra was damaged a crash at lap 92 resulting in a 21st-place finish.
While both crew chief Mike Beam and John Wes Townley are serving their rookie year at Red Horse Racing, both of them are bringing a lot of experience to the table. Beam has had a long and varied career in all phases of NASCAR which merges nicely with the skills of John Wes Townley who has been racing since he was a child. Townley has competed in go-Karts, Bandoleros, K&N East, ASA Late Models, ARCA, Nationwide, and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The depth of experience held by these two men promises to add a lot to an already highly talented group of people at Red Horse Racing for the 2013 series.
"I thought we had a pretty good truck and I thought about getting up there and giving Timothy (Peters) a push. Maybe we could have tried something there, but unfortunately something happened in front of Timothy and I was sort of boxed in. The check-up was just too extreme and I ended up getting in the back of him. We ended up tearing the nose up enough that it really hurt us the rest of the race. We'll go to Martinsville and get the Zaxby's Toyota Tundra back out there and see what we can do with it next time."