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Police: Ex-driver killed in dispute involving estranged wife

NASCAR Townley Killed Auto Racing
Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-04 20:17:59-04

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley was shot to death in a dispute that involved a hatchet after showing up at a house occupied by his estranged wife and another man.

A statement by police in Athens says the 31-year-old Townley had the weapon at some point before he was fatally wounded by 32-year-old Zachary Anderson of Dunwoody, Georgia.

They say 30-year-old Laura Townley also was seriously wounded but is expected to survive.

No charges have been filed and an investigation continues.

Townley raced for eight seasons in NASCAR's lower two national divisions.