In only his 3rd trip to Southern National Motor Sports Park, Austin Wayne Self Delivers for Fans and Sponsors
Fans filled the stands at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night during racing’s biggest weekend of the year. With a full car count in the NASCAR Late Model stock car class, the young 16-year-old driver from Austin, Texas once again proved to fans and sponsors why he is “NASCAR’s Most Popular Teenage Driver.”
“Our schedule has us racing a different track every weekend,” says Tim Self, President of AM Racing. “I think everyone realizes that it’s going to be hard to show up at these tracks just 2 or 3 times and beat the local track Champions who are here every weekend. Especially when you’re racing against great veteran drivers like Deac McCaskill, C.E. Faulk, Greg Edwards and Peyton Sellers.” “So when we can show up and everyone knows who you are, and that you are going to give the local drivers a run for their money, then that’s just a lot of fun for everyone.”
All that racing fun has translated to over 60,000 FB fans as more and more people want to learn who this young kid is and what he’s all about.
“We got caught up racing the 68 car in the first twin and had no chance of catching Deac in the end,” says Austin. “The 2-wide racing we were doing with Brandon (68) was a great show for the fans but it forced us to use up a little more tire than we wanted and we gave Deac the opportunity to check out. So we just had to ride, wait on a yellow that never came and settle for a 2nd place finish. We really thought we would have something for the 08 car (Deac) in the second twin. The changes we made during the break gave us perfect car. But I guess the 08 crew had some tricks of their own because they were even faster in the second race.”
“We made the decision to let the 05 car take the outside on the only restart of the race thinking that the two cars would use up some of their stuff racing each other. The 05 car didn’t have enough for the leader either and we ended up giving the spot up for nothing and getting a 3rd place. The crew could not have given me a better car than they did, the 07 Sport Clips Chevrolet was perfect.”
“When we show up at these tracks, one thing we don’t worry about is whether we are going to have anything for the leaders during the race. Austin picks these tracks up pretty quickly, and he definitely knows how to race with the best,” says Brian Rundstrom, Crew Chief for the 07 Sellers Chevrolet. “We spend most of our limited practice time setting up the car for race conditions and then struggle a little with qualifying. But today we did a great job qualifying. There is a good chance we would have put the 07 car on the pole if we would have gotten our 3rd qualifying lap (the officials made a mistake and flagged us after just 2 laps). Fulton, did a great job of calling the shots on tires and I don’t know that there is anything else the crew could have done to get the car better tonight. I think everyone on the team delivered their best here tonight and if we can take this level of performance to Motor Mile next Saturday night, we will have a good a chance to win there.”
“Thanks to all the fans for coming out and watching the show. It was another Great American Saturday Night at Southern National. Thanks to all of our Facebook and Twitter Fans who follow us wherever we go. Thanks to Sport Clips, Big Red, AM Technical Solutions, The Bridge School, K1 Race Gear and to Sellers Racing for all of their support. Thanks to Soldiers for Faith for all their prayers and most of all thank God for blessing me and the team, and having a hand in our races.”
About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self, a 16-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Self has 5 NASCAR wins in less than 2 seasons and 24 career Top 5 finishes. Self has also won 14 career national and world Karting championships, having competed since age 4. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.
About Sport Clips
Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com. For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.