Thursday, October 21, 2021

Former NASCAR driver Townley killed in Georgia shooting

ATHENS, Ga.—A former NASCAR driver was killed in a shooting Saturday in Georgia, in which a woman was also injured, investigators said.

Athens-Clark County Coroner Sonny Wilson told the Athens Banner-Herald that John Wes Townley, 31, died in a neighborhood shooting around 9 p.m.

A 30-year-old woman was injured, but police did not provide details of her injuries.

Police have spoken to the shooter, who knew the victims. Athens-Clark County Police Lieutenant Sean Barnett said the shooting appeared to be related to domestic violence.

Barnett said no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

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John Wes Townley John Wes Townley stands on the pit road ahead of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Terry Raina/AP Photo)

Townley raced eight seasons and made 186 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series, NASCAR’s bottom two national divisions. His win in the Truck Series in Las Vegas on Sunday six years ago was the only National Series win of his career.

Townley drove a car owned by his father, who was the co-founder of the vehicle’s primary sponsor, the restaurant chain Zaxby.

The Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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