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).
John Wes Townley grabs his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win after Matt Crafton runs out of fuel in the final laps of the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
John Wes Townley talks in Victory Lane about winning his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on fuel mileage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
John Wes Townley cuts a right-front tire sending him into the wall at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Second start in the No. 25 for Tommy Baldwin Racing Sprint Cup driver Athenian Motorsports announced Thursday that Alex Bowman will replace John Wes Townley in the team's No. 25 Chevrolet for Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. According to a release provided by the team, Townley aggravated a non-racing-related injury during Wednesday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. The team said Townley was treated and released from the infield care center after finishing 14th in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic, the truck tour's third annual race on dirt. Bowman, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular, is scheduled to make his second XFINITY start this season in Athenian's No. 25 in Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, IMS Radio, SiriusXM). The 22-year-old driver also took a fill-in role in June at Michigan International Speedway, when Townley was competing in the Truck Series' event at Iowa Speedway. Townley , 25, has entered 12 of the XFINITY Series' 17 events this season. He ranks fifth in the driver standings in the Camping World Truck Series, where he competes full-time. Athenian said in its release that Townley expects to recuperate in time for the series' next race, the Pocono Mountains 150 (Aug. 1, 1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Pocono Raceway. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Townley finished 11th in points last season and had seven top-10 finishes
RELATED: Qualifying results Matt Crafton earned himself his second Keystone Light pole of the season, and the ninth of his career, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during Saturday's qualifying session. Crafton wheeled his No. 88 Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile track with a fastest lap of 176.396 mph during the final minute of qualifying. Joining Crafton on the front row for Saturday night's race is John Wes Townley . Townley drove his No. 05 Chevrolet to a quick lap of 175.758 mph. And rounding out the top three was the No. 33 Chevrolet of Brandon Jones , who had a fastest lap of 175.678 mph. Next was the No. 17 of Timothy Peters (175.490 mph), followed by the No. 54 of Christopher Bell (175.308 mph) coming in fourth and fifth, respectively. Defending race winner, Erik Jones , failed to advance to the second, and final, round and qualified 15th (174.531 mph), but will start at the rear of the field due to an engine change. On-track action picks back up at Las Vegas at 10 p.m. ET for the Rhino Linings 350 (146 laps, 219 miles), FOX Sports 1.
Contact between Tyler Reddick and John Wes Townley sends the No. 05 truck hard into the wall and back into an innocent Brandon Jones.
John Wes Townley and Tayler Malsam get caught up in a late race incident that sent both drivers spinning through the grass at Texas Motor Speedway.
John Wes Townley comes down on Ryan Blaney leading him to slamming the wall.