John Wes Townley apologizes for fight during NASCAR Truck race

John Wes Townley seen standing on the grid during Star-Telegram Qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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John Wes Townley says he’s sorry for acting out.

Townley, who was fined $15,000 by NASCAR for his fight with Spencer Gallagher in last Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park, issued a statement saying he won’t appeal the fine and he shouldn’t have fought in the first place.

“I want to apologize to NASCAR and my fans,” Townley said. “That’s not the way I want to represent myself, Zaxby’s or Jive Communications. I’ll try my best to make sure it never happens again.”

The funniest part of the story actually came the day after the fight, when Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

In a hilarious post-race interview, Stewart said he had Townley’s back.

Stewart joked that he was waiting to see what kind of fines NASCAR will hand out for that fight before deciding if he will administer any payback of his own in his final season.

“I can’t wait for Tuesday because I told (NASCAR vice chairman) Mike Helton I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time to see how much you get fined for a fight,” said Stewart. “He laughed at me.

“I said, ‘Well, look at it this way, I’ve got a lot of scores to settle with people and I’ve only got six months to do it,’” said Stewart, who is retiring after this season. “I’ve just got to figure out if it’s economically feasible to do it.”

Stewart, of course was kidding, but he did add this zinger: “I’m going to go to Zaxby’s and eat chicken all week just in support of John Wes,” said Stewart. “Hey, I’m all for it. I’m glad to see somebody had some emotion and actually did something with it. I’m going to live my life through him for this week. At least I did last night.”

Townley said he appreciated Stewart’s support.

“I was amazed at the comments from so many drivers who were supportive, most notably Tony Stewart.”

Townley originally planned on competing in tonight’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Daytona Beach, Florida. But following a daylong meeting with his Athenian Motorsports team earlier this week, he withdrew from the event to focus on upcoming Truck Series and ARCA events.