Austin Wayne Self will begin his 2013 season as part of a new tradition during the UNOH Battle at the Beach on Feb 18-19, the preview to the Daytona Speedweeks.
On Monday, Self re-joins his team from the 2012 season, Sellers Racing, for an exciting 150-lap, 60-mile NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race. Self will drive the #07 Chevrolet during the debut of Daytona’s new 0.4-mile short-track oval.
“It was nice to have a short break back in Texas with my friends and family. But I’m ready to get back to racing! It will be fun to work with the Sellers team again. I’m familiar with the car and the crew and I just can’t wait to be in Daytona during the beginning of Speedweeks. This has always been one of my dreams,” says Self.
As if Monday wasn’t exciting enough, on Tuesday Self will run his inaugural NASCAR K&N Pro East Series race with Cunningham Race Team in the #77 Dodge. It will be another 150-lap, 60-mile race on the 0.4-mile short-track oval.
“2012 was about training for the next level of competition. We wanted to experience as many tracks as we could and just drive against the country’s top Late Model talent. Monday will give me a great opportunity to get back behind the wheel for some experience on this new track. Then we will put everything we worked on since last season to the test on Tuesday night in the K&N race.”
“I’m also looking forward to our first race with the Cunningham team. It’s all I’ve been able to think about since my last race in November. We got the new K&N car out for the very first time in Rockingham last week for a shakedown. The race car handled better than anything I have ever driven. Daytona will be the first K&N Race for the Cunningham Team as well as me. Paul is a great Crew Chief and smart guy so I feel really good about this race. I’m prepared to learn a lot.”