Saturday, October 23, 2021

Former NASCAR driver John Wes killed in dispute involving Townley’s wife, police say

Athens, Ga. – Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley was shot dead over the weekend during a brawl that involved an ax after showing up at a home occupied by his wife and another man, police said Monday.

The Athens-Clark County Police Department said in a statement that 31-year-old Townley, who raced eight seasons, had the weapon before being fatally wounded by Zachary Anderson, 32, of Dunwoody, Georgia. Laura Townley, 30, was shot and wounded, it said.

John Wes Townley died after being taken to the hospital. Police said the woman was seriously injured, but she is expected to survive.

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