1st Stop: Late Model 300 at South Boston Speedway
September 2, 2011 – Austin, TX
Austin Wayne Self will make his NASCAR East Coast debut next month when he Races the Late Model 300 at South Boston Speedway October 22nd.
“Everyone pretty much knew all this year the move was coming. We just didn’t know exactly when, but now we do!” says Austin Wayne Self. “We are still working out a lot of details, so we can’t officially announce the complete team yet. I have been waiting forever for this and to finally get to go there and race one of the famous tracks and with the big fields and great drivers and teams, it’s like a dream.”
“Racing NASCAR in Texas has been great and I hope our fans continue to track us. But moving out east to race… It’s like being an open wheel driver and finally getting to move to Indy. It is just really cool.”
When asked how well he thinks he will do out there: “There is no doubt we have a learning curve to get through so I don’t think anyone expects to go out there and start winning. I think it’s going to be a lot like last season when I was barely fourteen and we made our first Late Model start in central Texas. The drivers and fans were really skeptical, and then we pulled off a win after just three races and earned some respect. It’ll be the same way out there I think.”
“We started earlier this year working on a deal to race the East series (K&N Pro East) in 2012 and realized it would be prudent to get some fundamental learning done in a Late Model Series instead of the East series. The stakes aren’t as high and the lessons aren’t as costly, so to speak,” says Tim Self, Owner of AM Racing. “We are still not finished with the paperwork but the deal structure is in place with the team, and we have a car and a 2012 tentative schedule that includes 20 races at some really well-known tracks like this first race at South Boston. I can also say we will continue to drive a Chevrolet and hopefully get to use the 07 number that has become a part of our brand.”
“Between now and then,” he says, “we still have some Modified races in Houston, as well as some Kart races in Indianapolis and Las Vegas. Then we will get ready for that long drive in the Motor home to official NASCAR Country!
Marketing and PR Director, Austin Wayne Self