Former NASCAR driver Townley killed in Georgia shooting

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A former NASCAR driver was killed and a woman was also injured in a shooting Saturday in Georgia, investigators said.

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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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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 vehicle’s primary sponsor, a co-founder of the restaurant chain Zaxby.


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