Townley Scores In ARCA Action At Daytona

John Wes Townley celebrates in victory lane at Daytona. [Russ Lake Photo]

John Wes Townley celebrates in victory lane at Daytona. [Russ Lake Photo]

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For the second time in three years, John Wes Townley scored a victory in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. The race marked the season opener for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

The Georgian led 33 laps, including the final 31 rounds.

The winner drove the Zaxby’s Chevrolet fielded by Tony Townley, the proud father.

“It was quite a ride for a while, and I had to fight for it,” the winner said. “I had a lot of help from my spotter, Terry Cook; he really helped me out with drafting. I learned so much from him along with the calls made in the pits. They were spot-on and excellent. Very seldom do you have a plan work out exactly the way you want it to, but tonight it did.”

In 46 ARCA starts, Townley has two wins, both coming at Daytona.

Added Tony Townley, “This is my first win in ARCA and the first with a car we built. Overall this our third win. We have a great team and our plate is full with a full-time run with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and part-time with the Xfinity Series.”

Young William Byron finished second in the Liberty University Toyota.

Third place was taken by Missouri’s Kyle Weatherman in a Ford.

Chase Briscoe came home fourth followed by veteran driver Frank Kimmel.

Bo LeMastus, USAC ace Kevin Thomas Jr., Willie Mullins, Gray Gaulding and pole winner Cole Custer rounded out the top-10.

Custer dominated the early action, leading 42 laps.

Two hard crashes took place, the first of which involved eight cars on lap 6. Included in the wreck was eight-time race winner Bobby Gerhart, who was eliminated from the race. The severity of the wreck triggered a red flag to allow track crews to clean up the debris.

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