John Wes Townley will miss Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway because of an injured left ankle, according to a team release. Cody Coughlin will replace Townley in the No. 05 Zaxby's Chevrolet for the Striping Technology 350 at 8:30 p.m ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The team classified the injury as non-racing related. "I want to wish John Wes a speedy recovery and hope he's back at the track soon,” Coughlin said in a team release. "I'm honored that Athenian Motorsports thought of me to drive their truck this weekend." Coughlin has nine starts this year in the Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, including a season-best 12th-place finish in June at Texas.
RELATED: Townley , Gallagher fight at Gateway NASCAR driver John Wes Townley has issued an apology for his involvement in an on-track altercation a week ago during a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. Townley was fined $15,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31, 2016 for his involvement in the altercation with fellow driver Spencer Gallagher during the Drivin for Lineman 200. Gallagher was fined $12,500 and placed on probation through the end of the year. "I want to apologize to NASCAR and my fans," Townley said in the statement. "That's not the way I want to represent myself, (sponsor) Zaxby's or Jive Communications. I'll try my best to make sure it never happens again." The drivers were involved in two separate incidents during the race. The first contact brought out the caution flag on Lap 145 of the 160-lap race. Approximately 10 laps later, they were involved in a second incident, which eventually brought the race under the red flag. Following the second incident, both drivers climbed from their respective trucks and approached one another, with Townley then grabbing Gallagher around the head and wrestling him to the ground. Townley tried several times to punch Gallagher as the pair stood on the lower portion of the racing surface as the fracas continued. Originally scheduled to compete in this weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series race for Athenian Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway , Townley , 26, and the team eventually withdrew the entry. "Honestly, we went into this season with our sights set on running strong in the Truck Series and ARCA," Townley said. "We've always said that. And we, as a team, don't need to overlook those goals. ... But considering that we have a Truck race (at Kentucky Speedway ) and an ARCA race next week (at Iowa Speedway ), we felt it was better to pour our time and resources into getting ready for next week." Gallagher, who is competing at Daytona this weekend, issued a statement on Monday, June 27, apologizing to Townley . "Additionally, to his team and fans, I am sorry," Gallagher said. "The incident earlier in the race was not intentional and certainly was not meant to cause bigger problems later in the event. "My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way. My teammates and all of the guys back at the shop deserve more respect than was shown Saturday night." Gallagher said he was "ashamed" he was involved in an incident "that has allowed so many to view what we do in a negative light." Townley , currently 18th in points, has one career win in the Truck Series in 101 career starts. He is winless in 76 attempts in the XFINITY Series. Gallagher, 26, is winless in 44 career starts in the Truck Series and four in the XFINITY Series. He is 11th in points in the Truck Series.
Concord, N.C. (July 18, 2016) – John Wes Townley remains under treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete in Wednesday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. ARCA competitor Brady Boswell will drive the No. 05 Zaxby's/Jive Communications Chevrolet at Eldora for Townley . The 19-year-old Boswell, like Townley , is a resident of Watkinsville, Georgia. Both drivers are graduates of North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia. Veteran driver and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will substitute for Townley in Friday night's ARCA Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway. Townley is scheduled to be re-evaluated by his physician July 25, when he anticipates gaining medical clearance to return to competition in ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for events next week at Pocono Raceway.
Concord, N.C. (July 26, 2016) – John Wes Townley received medical clearance earlier today to resume racing in NASCAR and ARCA. He will compete in this weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA events at Pocono Raceway. Townley had been sidelined for the past four weeks while being treated for mild concussion-like symptoms. "I'd like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer and Brady Boswell for filling in for me," Townley said. "I feel great and I’m looking forward to racing at Pocono this week."
Townley finished 11th in points last season and had seven top-10 finishes
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor John Wes Townley will not compete as scheduled in Thursday's truck series race because he is undergoing treatment for a "possible concussion," his team said in a statement Wednesday. Townley's No. 05 Jive Communications Chevrolet will be driven by Parker Kligerman this week at Kentucky Speedway. A team release announced the news without further detail. It said Townley is hopeful to return to the seat of his truck for the July 20 race at the Tony Stewart-owned Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Townley was involved in a physical altercation with Spencer Gallagher during the truck race at Gateway Motorsports Park two weeks ago. Townley was fined $15,000 by NASCAR for his actions. He publicly apologized. Gallagher also apologized for his role in the confrontation. He was fined $12,500 for his actions. Both drivers were placed on probation until Dec. 31. "I want to apologize to NASCAR and my fans," Townley said after the fine. "That's not the way I want to represent myself, Zaxby's or Jive Communications. I'll try my best to make sure it never happens again." Townley was planning to compete in last Friday's XFINITY race in Daytona Beach, but withdrew, saying he was focusing on this week's truck and ARCA race.
RELATED: Watch the incident from Gateway NASCAR penalized drivers John Wes Townley and Spencer Gallagher on Wednesday for their roles in an incident in Saturday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park . After a review of the on-track altercation and ensuing physical quarrel in the Drivin for Linemen 200 , competition officials fined Townley $15,000 and assessed Gallagher a $12,500 fine. Both of the drivers have been placed on probation until Dec. 31. The two drivers collided in the 145 of 200 laps Saturday night, with Gallagher's GMS Racing No. 23 Chevrolet sending Townley's No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Chevy for a spin in Turn 1. The two made contact again 10 laps later in the same turn, leaving both trucks with heavy damage after impact with the outside retaining wall. After both drivers exited their trucks unhurt, a brief verbal spat escalated to a wrestling match on the track with Townley landing a smattering of punches before the two were separated. Gallagher finished 22nd and Townley 23rd in the 32-truck field. Among other penalties announced Wednesday, the teams of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Matt Kenseth received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying inspection at Sonoma Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota team for Kenseth was issued a warning for failing two trips through the Laser Inspection Station (LIS) before Coors Light Pole Qualifying. The Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team of Earnhardt failed body template inspection twice before Friday's Sonoma qualifying.
PRACTICE 3: Results After missing out on the top spot during second practice, John Wes Townley locked in the fastest lap in his No. 05 Chevrolet during Thursday's third and final practice at Kansas Speedway (176.980 mph). Right behind Townley was the No. 23 Chevrolet of Spencer Gallagher . The GMS Racing wheelman soared around the track at 176.748 mph. Rounding out the top three was the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota of Cameron Hayley , who climbed to the third spot during the final minutes of the 85-minute session (176.702 mph). The No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford of Tyler Reddick took fourth at 176.448 mph with the two-time champ Matt Crafton behind him in fifth (176.269 mph) in his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota. The field will return to the 1.5-mile track for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET (FS1). PRACTICE 2: Results In the final minutes of the 55-minute session, William Byron scored the fastest lap during Thursday's second practice at Kansas Speedway . Byron propelled his No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota around the 1.5-mile track at 176.650 mph. Next was the No. 05 Chevrolet of John Wes Townley who was second-fastest during the practice (176.621 mph). Third-quickest was the defending race winner Matt Crafton in his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota. The two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion posted a quick lap of 176.401 mph. The No. 19 of Daniel Hemric (176.252 mph) and the No. 41 of Ben Rhodes (175.833 mph) were behind Crafton in fourth and fifth, respectively. PRACTICE 1: Results Tyler Reddick soared to the fastest lap in opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice Thursday afternoon at Kansas Speedway . Reddick powered the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Ford to a best lap of 176.137 mph on the 1.5-mile track. He was just .028 seconds faster than defending race winner Matt Crafton , a two-time series champ, who posted the second-fastest lap at 175.976 mph in the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota. Matt Tifft (175.541 mph), John Wes Townley (175.473 mph) and Ben Rhodes (175.444 mph) completed the top five in the opening 55-minute prep session for Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM), the series' fourth race of the season. Series points leader John Hunter Nemechek was 17th-fastest in the NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet. Sprint Cup regular Clint Bowyer , making his first start in the series since 2014, was clocked 16th-fastest in the GMS Racing No. 24 Chevrolet.
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by coasting to the finish line as drivers such a Erik Jones , Matt Crafton and Cameron Hayley ran short of fuel or needed to make a late stop. For Townley it was his first career victory in a major NASCAR series, but it didn't come without some tense moments as his crew chief was advising him to use three-quarters throttle in the race's final three laps. However, it turned out to be enough as race leader Crafton (eighth place) had to pit for a spalsh-and-go with five laps remaining and Jones (ninth) and Hayley (10th) were seen wiggling their trucks short on fuel in the final laps. "I would have run out of gas if it hadn’t been for (spotter) Terry (Cook)," Townley said after the race. "I took care of this thing (truck) tonight and it took care of me. This is amazing; awesome." Said crew chief Michael Shelton, a former series championship crew chief, "It's been a lot of time coming. He's ( Townley ) had a tough career at times." Timothy Peters finished second, followed by Ben Kennedy , John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Jones to round out the top five. Erik Jones leads Crafton by four points in the driver standings, with Tyler Reddick , who finished seventh, 16 points down. Reddick wrecked with teammate Austin Theriault on Lap 13. Theriault, whose truck went head-on into the wall, was airlifted to a nearby hospital for observation. According to a post on the driver's Facebook page, Theriault was alert and communicating. RELATED: Theriault airlifted after Vegas wreck The Truck Series will return to the track on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred's 250 Presented by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).
RELATED: See the incident that happened at Gateway The potential penalty phase for Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series altercation between Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley is scheduled this week, with NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell saying that repercussions were likely. O'Donnell's remarks came Monday during a guest appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive" program.