Former NASCAR Driver John Wes Townley Passes Away After Involvement In Shooting Incident

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Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley, 31, died on Sunday. He succumbed to wounds from a double shooting in Athens, Georgia, according to reports. Townley drove in 76 official NASCAR races between 2008-2016 and was also sponsored by chicken chain restaurant Zaxby’s, which belonged to father Tony Townley.

An unidentified 30-year-old woman was with him during the shooting. She is currently hospitalized due to injuries she sustained in the incident. Police were called to the scene and apprehended a 32-year-old man, an alleged acquaintance of Townley’s. Charges have yet to be filed against the assailant.

Details from the scene, provided by Athens Banner-Herald, also suggest domestic violence was at the root of the issue, pending the unidentified woman’s official connection to Townley.

Stay tuned with OutKick as reports of the incident emerge in the coming days.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!


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