On Friday, August 2, John Wes Townley, along with teammates German Quiroga and Timothy Peters will be joining the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for an autograph session from 12-1pm in the Chalet Village located outside of turn 3 at Pocono Raceway.
John Wes Townley
As Townley and his teammates prepare for the upcoming race, they are remembering significant events that have influenced their racing careers. For Townley, he won achieved his highest finishing position (eighth) at the Pocono Raceway last year. This year he was able to tie his best at Charlotte Motor Speedway thanks to his No.7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra team. When asked what it is about the Pocono track that Townley likes so much, he responded with confidence: “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.”
Townley’s sponsor , Zaxby’s, is currently featuring some new menu items. With more than 575 locations in 13 states, Zaxby’s offers a variety of chicken-based dishes including: Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappitizers; along with nine sauces from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. This summer brings the new Cobb Zalad, as well as a new line of premium milkshakes with new flavors like Birthday Cake, Banana Pudding, and Chocolate Cookie. Check out the Zaxby menu in greater detail at zaxbys.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.
As we look forward to seeing Zaxby’s Tundra team, we will be watching closely to see how they work to achieve their goals for the second-half of the season. Townley states, “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.”
The three-time Mexico Series champion, German Quiroga, will be driving the No.77 Otterbox Toyota Tundra this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Quiroga is looking to considerably move up in the Rookie of the Year standings, where he is currently fourth.
“I think speed wise we are very good. I am comfortable and happy with Dan (Stillman, Crew Chief) and my Red Horse Racing crew. I think I have improved from Daytona and Pocono will be my 17th race in the series. My first year in the NASCAR Mexico Series was okay. But it started to change after my second year. I’m expecting to have the same rhythm in the Truck Series, but just a little better. We want a win for OtterBox, Net10 Wireless, Toyota, and my country. I’ve jumped to 14th in the point standings and we want to finish inside the Top-10,” commented Quiroga about the half-way mark for the season.
OtterBox is Quiroga and his No.77 Toyota Tundra team’s primary sponsor for the fourth consecutive week. Quiroga’s 77 truck will rock the OtterBox, known as an innovator of protective solutions for the leading global handheld manufacturers, and wireless carriers and distributors, paint scheme of yellow and black. This sharp looking truck will be one to watch at Pocono Raceway, for sure. For more information on OtterBox, visit www.OtterBox.com.
Quiroga plans on approaching Pocono Raceway with speed. “We are going to use our Texas Tundra; I feel very comfortable in that truck. We had good runs at Kansas and Texas. And I love fast tracks, so we have to keep that momentum going. This race can really help us points wise, and after a 20-th place finish at Eldora, we need a top-5 finish.”
Timothy Peters is focused on one thing only: make up for last year’s finish at Pocono Raceway. Peters will greatly benefit from a Top-10 finish while he fights for points. Currently, Peters is in sixth place (tied for fifth). When questioned what Peters is looking forward to most about returning to Pocono, he responded with: “I am excited about Pocono. I’m ready to get back there and redeem myself for wrecking early last year. I always look forward to Pocono because of the Igdalsky family. We have a racing history together and it’s always great to catch up with them. As always, we want to put our Parts Plus Toyota Tundra into victory lane and hopefully this weekend we can pull it off.”
Peters’ team will be primarily sponsored by Parts Plus for the10th race this season. Parts Plus has been a major contender of the Automotive Distribution Network, consisting of 300 member distributors under five brand names and from over 400 separate warehouses across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit PartsPlus.com for more information and to find a location near you.
Peters and his No.17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra team will be debuting their brand new chassis, No. 015, at Pocono Raceway. This chassis is one in a series of new chassis that are constructed around the intermediate track program. “The tricky part – ‘the tricky triangle’ is a good name for the place. I feel like the race is won or lost in the tunnel turn. Getting through the tunnel turn seems the most difficult. If you can get through that turn with no hiccups you are bound to make a great lap.” Hopefully the new chassis will help Peters get through the tunnel turn, but I guess we will have to watch to find out.