Reflecting on 2017 Truck Series season only has Austin Wayne Self antsy for 2018

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Just days after racking in another solid NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) performance at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway to close his second season of competition, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) has spent the last few days reflecting on a year filled with plenty of accomplishments and motivation.

 

The Austin, Texas native opened the year with a career-best runner-up performance at Daytona (Fla.) Speedway driving for AM Racing. Self was driving the team’s second truck as the Mooresville, N.C. organization debuted a second-truck for the event and tallied two top-10 efforts in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.

 

Despite the strong start to the year, Self’s schedule remained fluid for much of the opening races of the year until the personable driver partnered with Niece Motorsports and Martins Motorsports in a collaborative effort with Faith Motorsports to complete in a majority of the 2017 schedule.

 

From his debut at Kansas Speedway with Niece which kicked off with a solid top-15 performance to a 17th place result in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead with Martins Motorsports, the Texan showcased his talent and proved that that his sophomore season was no slump.

 

The 21-year-old would go on to race in four more races for AM Racing which ended with a ninth-place effort on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

 

In all, the former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie of the Year tallied one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 13 top-20 finishes overall. Despite missing five races from February to Nov., Self still placed 15th overall in the championship standings.

 

Whether it was his family-owned team or racing with two new organizations determined to enhance their on-track performance product, Self proved that he was worthy to be in the seat and continued to develop his craft.

 

“We certainly have a lot to be thankful for this season,” said Self. “To open our year up with a second-place finish at Daytona – almost a win. That’s pretty incredible. I was proud of that.

 

“We skipped a couple races and came back to Kansas with Niece and I think I proved to others that no matter what truck I’m in – I leave nothing on the table and work hard to develop the best finish possible week in and week out.”

 

Other highlights in the year included a 12th place result at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and the same at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

On his home turf, Self saw the opportunity for at the time would have been his second top-10 finish of the season end in smoke and crunch after tangling with another truck on the last lap.

 

Still, despite the outcome, Self says it was one of the more pivotal races in 2017.

 

“When I look back at the spring Texas, our truck was bad to the bone. We’re very fortunate enough to have a truck that is backed with a lot of help from Texas-based partners and supporters and we were giving them a show.

 

“I was able to climb from the back and maintain a comfortable spot inside the top-10 until I spun on the last lap going for another position.

 

“I was pretty bummed afterwards, but my team rallied behind me and they told me they would rather me wreck a truck while going for seventh than bring home a truck hovering in 25th. I never forgot that and it was pretty much game on from there.”

 

With another solid effort to bring down the curtain to his sophomore season, Self says he’s eager to start work on next season – which was previously announced he’ll run for Niece Motorsports’ No. 22 Chevrolet truck for his junior year of competition.

“I’m ready to go,” Self added. “You know, I’m very fortunate. I have a lot of great partners that have allowed me to thrive this season and they’re all coming back next year.

 

“Without the support of Don’t mess with Texas, GO TEXAN, AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc. – there would be no Austin Wayne Self on the race track. We’re working hard on some awesome things both on and off the track next year and it’s hard to believe that Daytona will be here in less than 90 days.”

Additional marketing partnership(s) at Niece Motorsports for Self are forthcoming.

In 18 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self earned one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 13 top-20 finishes respectively en route to a 15th place finish in the championship standings.

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

 

Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas productsrestaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.

 

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

 

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

 

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t Mess with Texas:

 

TxDOT’s Don’t Mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t Mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

About GO TEXAN:

 

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

 

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

 

Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.

 

About AM Technical Solutions:

 

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets.

 

AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

 

About B&D Industries:

 

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. founded in 1955 and offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

Throughout the years, their focus has remained on performance, cost, schedule, and relationships.  Exceeding their customer’s requirements and expectations is the norm for their company and their people.  This has served their clients well and has enabled them to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships.

This in turn has provided them the opportunity to compete for work with a variety of clients in industry, research, academia, government, manufacturing, high tech spaces and healthcare.

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CONTACT:

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Austin Wayne Self seeks phenomenal finish at Phoenix Raceway

AVONDALE, Ariz. – With the penultimate NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on deck this weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) Rac
eway, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) steers west with his Martins Motorsports team hoping for a phenomenal finish in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150.

 

The Austin, Texas native returns to Martins Motorsports on the heels of a solid top-15 finish this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway with Niece Motorsports, but the Texan hopes he’s able to carry that momentum in his 17th race of the season.

 

“Texas was a good boost for me,” said Self who locked his 12th top-20 finish of the season. “Everyone worked hard and it paid off with a solid finish. But, I’m excited to be back with the Martins Motorsports gang and getting another shot at Phoenix.”

 

Friday night’s race will be Self’s second start at the 1.0-mile race track where last year he qualified 29th but methodically worked his way forward to post a respectable 22nd place effort in a collaboration event with Bolen Motorsports.

 

This weekend however, Self believes anything less than a top-20 finish is a disappointment for himself and his Mooresville, N.C.-based team.

 

“Phoenix took a little to get used to but I felt like I adapted well as the race wore on,” added Self, driver of the No. 44 Don’t’ Mess with Texas Chevrolet. “It’s classic short track racing with some massive speed in the corners, especially Turns 3 and 4.

 

“These Martins Motorsports guys have really shined this season, especially when it comes to short tracks. I really thought we were going to have a good showing at Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago, but our day ended short with engine failure.

 

“Heading to Phoenix though, I think we can pick up the pieces and rebound in a fashionable way that carries us to the season finale next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

 

For Friday night’s race, Self is thrilled to welcome B&D Industries Inc., as a major associate marketing partner for the 22nd race of the season.

 

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. was founded in 1955 and offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

“B&D has been a great supporter of mine and I appreciate them stepping up to the plate. It sure would be nice to reward them with my third top-10 finish of the season Friday night.”

In addition to AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc., Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 39th career NCWTS race.

 

Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

 

Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.

 

In 16 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 12 top-20 finishes respectively.

 

The Lucas Oil 150 (150 laps / 150 miles) is the 22nd of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 6:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Mountain (MT).

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

 

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

 

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

About AM Technical Solutions:

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets.

AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

 

About B&D Industries:

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. founded in 1955 offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

Throughout the years, their focus has remained on performance, cost, schedule, and relationships.  Exceeding their customer’s requirements and expectations is the norm for their company and their people.  This has served their clients well and has enabled them to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships.

This in turn has provided them the opportunity to compete for work with a variety of clients in industry, research, academia, government, manufacturing, high tech spaces and healthcare.

 

About the No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team:

The No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck fielded by Martins Motorsports is a marketing and brand collaboration effort with Faith Motorsports owned by Shane Lamb.

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing

Multiple marketing partners to follow Austin Wayne Self to Niece Motorsports in 2018

CHINA GROVE, N.C. – Set to return to a full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule in 2018 with Niece Motorsports, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) will see several of this year’s marketing partners continue their relationship next year.

The Austin, Texas native will have a plethora of support from his home state, as Don’t mess with Texas, GO TEXAN, AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) and B&D Industries Inc. will all serve as partners throughout the season with the driver.

The partnerships will be managed by AM Racing, as part of Self’s management group, but hosted by Niece Motorsports.

Niece Motorsports is owned by United States Marine Corps veteran Al Niece. Niece also owns Niece Equipment.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) litter prevention program, which includes Don’t mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway, and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

For more than 30 years, Don’t mess with Texas has made tremendous progress educating Texans about the impact of littering on the state’s economy, environment and physical landscape.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known for throughout the world.

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets. AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. was founded in 1955 and offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

“I’m very thankful to have the support of Don’t mess with Texas, GO TEXAN, AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc.,” said Self. “This year we were able to accomplish some great things together both on and off the track.

“As our marketing partners continue to look for cutting-edge opportunities to strengthen their brands, it’s important that I do everything I can both on and off the track to keep that not only engaged but recognizable.

“We haven’t even turned the page to the 2018 season yet, but I’m overjoyed to have the opportunity to once again compete for a championship and represent some great marketing partners.”

Entering Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway, the 21-year-old Self has 37 NCWTS starts to his credit with a career-best second place finish earned at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in Feb. 2017. Additionally, the Texan has two additional top-10 credits to his season, with a ninth at Eldora Speedway (2016) and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2017).

Additional marketing partnership(s) at Niece Motorsports for Self, the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year, are forthcoming.

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

Show your GO TEXAN pride: find Texas productsrestaurants or enroll your business in GO TEXAN.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t Mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t Mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t Mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of

Transportation.

 

About GO TEXAN:

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.

 

About AM Technical Solutions:

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets.

AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

 

About B&D Industries:

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., B&D Industries Inc. founded in 1955 and offers specialized expertise in electrical, plumbing, technologies and HVAC systems, including construction, operation, maintenance and repair services.

Throughout the years, their focus has remained on performance, cost, schedule, and relationships.  Exceeding their customer’s requirements and expectations is the norm for their company and their people.  This has served their clients well and has enabled them to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships.

This in turn has provided them the opportunity to compete for work with a variety of clients in industry, research, academia, government, manufacturing, high tech spaces and healthcare.

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing

Austin Wayne Self ready for Texas-sized performance in Lone Star State

FORT WORTH, Texas – Just days after being announced as a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver for Niece Motorsports next season, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Texas Motor Speedway for this Friday night’s JAG Metals 350 with confidence on his side.

 

Self, a native of Austin, Texas is hoping that confidence carries from the garage to inside his No. 45 United Sorghum Checkoff Program / Don’t Mess with Texas Chevrolet.

 

“I’ve been waiting to get back to Texas Motor Speedway,” said Self. “We had a really good truck there in the Spring and got tangled in a last lap accident and finished 12th. I wasn’t sure what kind of race that new asphalt would permit, but it really turned into a fun and competitive race.

 

“For me, there’s a lot of good things happening and I’d like to go back to Texas and finish what we started and see if we can get our Niece Motorsports Chevrolet inside the top-10 at the end of the night.”

 

Feeling confident about his race truck for the penultimate intermediate track of the season, Self is proud to bring a new marketing partner to his Truck Series team for the 147-lap race.

 

The Texas Grain Sorghum Board and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program will serve as the primary marketing partners for Self’s fourth trip to Texas Motor Speedway.

 

In the ethanol industry, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program is focusing on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock.

 

Renewable fuel, which includes ethanol, serves as the foundation of demand for the sorghum industry. Ethanol producers typically use about one-third (approximately 120 million bushels) of the sorghum crop to produce clean-burning, high octane fuel.

 

The Sorghum Checkoff’s renewables program is focused on expanding and developing opportunities for sorghum growers within the renewables space through a combination of research and market development.

 

Last year, sorghum was planted across about 1.9 million acres in Texas with millions of bushels harvested. Texas was second in the top-five sorghum-producing states in 2016.

 

“As we work harder to provide a healthier environment, I’m proud to have the support of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and the Texas Grain Sorghum Board for Friday night’s race at Texas,” said Self.

 

“They are doing so much to help fuel America by creating jobs and trying to preserve the world we live in, along with its resources, for future generations to come. I plan to try to educate my fans as much as possible, so they know just how much sorghum has been an influence to make ethanol a clean-burning, high octane fuel and its connection to NASCAR.

 

“I’ve learned a lot the last few weeks and I never realized all of the uses for sorghum.  I’m especially impressed that sorghum uses 1/3 less water and produces the same amount of ethanol per gallon compared to other ethanol producing plants.

 

“It’s all very neat and I look forward to promoting its use.”

 

Knowing that under the right circumstances, Friday night’s Truck race has the opportunity to become a fuel mileage race – his new association puts everything into perspective.

 

“You never know what kind of race you’re going to get at Texas,” said Self. “You can have a fast-paced race with hardly any cautions or you can have a very active race where cautions wave frequently.

 

“It’s anyone’s guess.”

 

Looking for his fourth career top-10 finish in Truck Series competition, Self says it’s important to stay in the spotlight, especially at his hometown race.

 

“In a way, this is like my Daytona 500,” he explained. “We have a bunch of guests, friends and marketing partners who come to the track and root for us. I’m very fortunate to have a great group of Texas-based marketing partners who would like to see us deliver a top-10 run, and believe me that’s on our agenda!”

 

In addition to The Texas Grain Sorghum Board, Don’t Mess with Texas, AM Technical Solutions, GO TEXAN, B&D Industries Inc., Superior Essex and Accu-Tech will serve as associate marketing partners for Self’s 38th career NCWTS race.

 

In 15 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, seven top-15 and 11 top-20 finishes respectively.

 

The JAG Metals 350 (147 laps / 220.5 miles) is the 21st of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Nov. 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m., with a final practice session set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Nov. 3 beginning at 3:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Central (CT).

 

To learn about the Texas Grain Sorghum Board and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and its benefits, please visit sorghumcheckoff.com

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf

 

About Don’t mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

About the Texas Grain Sorghum Board and The United Sorghum Checkoff Program:

In the ethanol industry, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program is focusing on developing direct awareness of the benefits of using sorghum as a fuel and feedstock.

Sorghum is truly a versatile crop that can be grown as a grain, forage or sweet crop. The United States is the world’s largest producer of grain sorghum, having produced 480 million bushels in 2016.

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program commits to efficiently invest checkoff dollars to increase producer profitability and enhance the sorghum industry.

 

About Niece Equipment:

For over 30 years, Niece Equipment has provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices. Their reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.

Each of their water and fuel/lube trucks are engineered with quality and durability in mind. Niece Equipment’s capability ranges from 2,000 gallon water trucks to 12,000 gallon water towers. The fuel/lube trucks they offer range from 600 to 4,000 gallons.

Niece Equipment has three locations in Fort Scott, Kansas, Irving, Tex. and Buda, Tex.

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing

Jennifer Anderson victorious in Better Half Dash

 MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Looking more like a seasoned veteran than a care-free rookie competitor, Jennifer Anderson stormed into Victory Lane this past Friday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in the seventh-annual Better Half Dash.

 

The 25-lap Bandolero charity event among the better halves of NASCAR personalities saw Anderson prevail thanks to an impressive late-race restart over Tammy Rice and Kate Tomaino.

 

The girlfriend of AM Racing driver Austin Wayne Self then passed race leader Paige Keselowski, wife of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski on Lap 17 of the popular event and never relinquished.

 

“It was hard (to win) but it was a lot of fun,” said Anderson, who is also the sister of Truck Series driver Jordan Anderson. “It was awesome to have the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation on our car. This is for them. The race was tough. It didn’t come easy.

 

“It has been really fun getting to know all these ladies throughout the past month and a half. It means a lot to win at the same place my brother Jordan (Anderson) has won.”

 

Earlier in the week, Anderson qualified her car on the outside pole, immediately putting her into the pool of pre-race favorites, but her inaugural inexperience in the Better Half Dash would not have been possible without the charitable and encouraging support of AM Technical Solutions, Mark and Linda Henderson, Hermie Sadler, Troy Beall, Knight Fire Protection and the many generous online donators.

 

“I can’t thank everyone enough for allowing me to participate and ultimately win the Better Half Dash,” sounded Anderson. “This was an unbelievably fun and humbling experience and I’m thankful that everything worked out where we were able to raise awareness and money for the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation.”

 

AM Team principal Tim Self explained how instrumental Anderson’s victory was in seeing members of the AM Racing team unite.

 

“Jennifer did an amazing job and it was a memorable experience celebrating in Victory Lane,” said Self. “Even though it was a charity race, the unity of our team during a short race like the Better Half Dash gives us the motivation to keep pressing forward in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series knowing that the joy and feelings of winning is something we strive for not only for our team, but all of our partners that make it possible.”

 

The Better Half Dash events have now raised more than $300,000 annually for charities.

 

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

 

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing

Austin Wayne Self heads to Las Vegas eyeing jackpot finish

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Fresh off his best finish for Martins Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway this weekend looking to keep his recent swing of momentum rolling in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350.

 

Last Saturday afternoon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Self soundlessly maneuvered from his 19th place qualifying effort at the 1.058-mile track to navigate a 14th place finish, his fourth top-20 finish for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team in five races.

 

Now, Self, 21, returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway eyeing a jackpot finish for Martins Motorsports, Faith Motorsports and his marketing partners.

 

“We had a good weekend at New Hampshire,” said Self. “The truck was really solid and we ran our race. We had to make some changes to our truck throughout the race and those changes worked allowing me to move through the field and earn our best finish together.

 

“I really think our team flies under the radar. Martins and Faith Motorsports are full of talented people who have a huge heard and love for NASCAR racing. We may not have the biggest budget, but we have the heart and desire to do big things. Quietly, we’ve been able to do that and hopefully this is just the start of what’s to come for the rest of the season.”

 

This weekend, Self returns to Sin City where he hopes the fast speeds of Las Vegas offers an opportunity to earn his third top-10 finish of the year.

 

“I like Las Vegas,” added Self. “Of course, I love the city and its entertainment it brings, but the track is awesome too. “It’s a fast place, where speed is important, but drafting can be a great equalizer to make up any speed you’re missing.

 

“I think you’ll see a lot change between the teams throughout the day. Practice is really early in the morning, then we qualify later in the day and darkness will soon fall after taking the green flag. The team(s) able to keep up with those changes will have a great opportunity to contend for a good finish.

 

“I hope we’re included in that group.”

 

Saturday night’s race will mark the Austin, Texas native’s second run at the 1.5-mile speed plant. Last October, he qualified 25th and raced hard to a respectable 21st place finish. This weekend, however, Self says anything less than a top-20 finish is unacceptable.

 

“I feel I’ve grown as a driver over the past year and I think that has shown with our finishes this year. I know when I can push the truck and when I can’t. I know when to makes moves and when to back off and try again later. That said, I feel like the more experience I have returning to Las Vegas will be a big plus for us.

 

“Of course, anything can happen in the race, but I feel like we have a good enough team where we have the capabilities of finishing better if everything works out. I feel like it’s going to be a fast-paced race on Saturday night, so we’ll just have to see what happens.”

 

Before Self turns his attention towards Las Vegas, he’ll detour to Dallas, Texas where he’ll help kickoff the start of the Texas State Fair with partner GO TEXAN.

 

The State Fair begins September 29 and runs through October 22 at the Fair Park in Dallas.

“I’m very excited to come back home and attend the State Fair of Texas,” said Self who recorded a career-best second place NASCAR finish at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.

“The atmosphere, events, rides, games, food and all really do a good job at showcasing the pride that Texans have at this fair and I’m looking forward to spending some time there over the next couple of weeks.”

In addition to AM Technical Solutions, Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 35th career NCWTS race.

 

Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.

 

In 12 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, seven top-15 and nine top-20 finishes respectively.

 

The Las Vegas 350 (146 laps / 219 miles) is the 18th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Sat, Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m., with a final practice session is set for 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:10 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Pacific).

 

For more on the Texas State Fair including discounted tickets, hours of operation and more, please log onto bigtex.com/bigtexinsider.

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.


About the No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team:

The No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck fielded by Martins Motorsports is a marketing and brand collaboration effort with Faith Motorsports owned by Shane Lamb

 

CONTACT:

pr@amracing.racing

Austin Wayne Self returns to New Hampshire eyeing another solid run

LOUDON, NH – Continuing to mount solid finishes behind the wheel of the No. 44 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway eyeing another top-20 finish in Saturday afternoon’s UNOH 175.

While the Austin, Texas native isn’t a part of this year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) playoffs, there is still plenty left for Self and his team to accomplish as the checkered flag nears on the 2017 season.

With three top-20 finishes in four races steering the No. 44 Don’t’ mess with Texas Chevrolet, Self returns to New Hampshire hoping his short track experience will pay dividends and put him in contention for another solid showing.

“When you think about it, we have a lot to be proud of,” said Self. “This opportunity to drive for Martins and Faith Motorsports came together pretty quickly, but together we have kept our expectations realistic and I think we’ve overdelivered when it comes to our finishes.”

“If not for the late race issues at Bristol, we’d be heading to New Hampshire looking at four top-20 finishes overall. To me, that’s impressive.”

“This weekend, it’s more of the same for us. We just look to run our race and see what kind of finish we can put together. A good finish on Saturday will propel us towards one of my favorite tracks next weekend, Las Vegas.”

But, before Self can shift his concentration towards Sin City, he must conquer New Hampshire, a flat 1.058-mile short track with tight turns and crisp straightaways. Last fall, Self qualified 29th but found himself involved in a late-race accident and finished 29th.

“We had a good truck at New Hampshire last year, just didn’t have the result that we were looking for,” recalled Self. “Still, I learned a lot about the track and what it takes to maneuver, especially off Turn 4 to get that run down the frontstretch that you can carry into Turn 1.”

“The 21-year-old added that since New Hampshire is difficult to pass, qualifying is crucial towards having a good day at “The Magic Mile.”

“Even though it’s a short track, New Hampshire is still tough to negotiate,” he said. “For being a small team like we are, we feel like we can excel a little better on these smaller tracks. Hopefully, everyone will see that.”

“The closer we can start to the front the better our chances for a good finish will be. I appreciate the opportunity to drive this truck and earn another respectable performance for everyone who makes this race possible.”

In addition to AM Technical Solutions, Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 34th career NCWTS race.

Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.

In 11 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, six top-15 and eight top-20 finishes respectively.

The UNOH 175 (175 laps / 185.15 miles) is the 17th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Sept. 22 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m., with a final practice session is set for 3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Sept. 23 beginning at 10:05 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program , visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t mess with Texas:


TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

About the No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team:

The No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck fielded by Martins Motorsports is a marketing and brand collaboration effort with Faith Motorsports owned by Shane Lamb.

Austin Wayne Self heads to Chicagoland eyeing back-to-back top-10 finishes

JOILET, Ill. – With his second top-10 finish in the books in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) most recent race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, sophomore driver Austin Wayne Self heads to Chicagoland Speedway hoping the momentum blows into on-track competition in Friday night’s Chicagoland 225.

 

In a one-off return with his AM Racing team North of the Border, Self is ready to return to Martin Motorsports’ No. 44 Don’t mess with Texas / AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet looking to be a factor in the final race of the regular season.

 

“Before I turn my concentration on Chicagoland, my heart is pouring out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma,” said Self.

 

“It’s very sad to turn on a television and see Mother Nature’s fury take on my home state and a state where I’ve made a lot of memories. We’re racing hard for a good finish this week in honor of all those victims.”

 

To help with the devastation, Martin Motorsports has donated the bed top of the truck to bring awareness to the STAR Fund, which also needs help in the aftermath of Harvey.

 

The State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and companies, including Farm Credit, Valero and McCoy’s Building Supply. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief.

 

“It’s important to remember while many families lost everything in Harvey, so did a lot of farmers and ranchers,” added Self. “Chicagoland Speedway, thanks to Martins Motorsports is an opportunity to show our support and bring further attentiveness to those agriculture producers in the wrath of Harvey’s destruction.

 

“Every dollar counts as the floods have devastated many farming and ranching operations and caused massive loss of livestock and feed sources and as proud Texans we’re going to do our part to inform people of the STAR Fund and its purpose.”

 

As for Chicagoland, Self is hoping to build on his 17th place finish from last fall after starting 26th.

 

“I learned a lot at Chicago last year,” noted Self. “You can’t race Chicago like you race Kentucky or Kansas or Homestead. Chicago has its owner finesse and style. I feel confident that we can get our No. 44 Don’t mess with Texas Chevrolet rotating good through the corners so we can have the speed to carry on the straightaways.”

 

In addition to AM Technical Solutions, Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 31st career NCWTS race.

 

Self, 21, is scheduled to remain the primary driver for the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.

 

The Chicagoland 225 (150 laps / 225 miles) is the 16th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Thurs., Sept. 14 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m., with a final practice session is set for 5:30 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., Sept. 15 beginning at 4:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program , visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

 

For more on the STAR Fund and its mission, please click here.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

About the No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team:

The No. 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck fielded by Martins Motorsports is a marketing and brand collaboration effort with Faith Motorsports owned by Shane Lamb.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park / Canada 250  Box Score Report

Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas / We are One American Family Toyota

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park / Canada 25

Box Score Report

Race No. 15 of 23

 

Stats:

Started: 20th

Finished: Ninth

Laps: 64 / 64

Status: Running

 

Quick Recap:

In his AM Racing return, Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self impressed in his No. 22 Don’t’ mess with Texas / We are One American Family Toyota Tundra with a ninth-place finish north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

On the heels of a top-10 finish in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return on a road course last weekend at Road America (Wisc.), the Texan had hoped to take the momentum of a strong ARCA run and capitalize on it in his 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the year.

Not only did Self capitalize on his performance, but the finish propels the likeable Self into the off-weekend with a solid outlook on the rest of the NCWTS season.

After starting 20th, Self hovered inside the top-20 to end Stage 1 in 19th.

However, AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson was eager to burst Self and his No. 22 team into the spotlight by the end of Stage 2, when Self took fifth and gained some crucial stage points.

Making his final pit stop at the end of Stage 2, Self restarted deep in the field, but steadily worked his way forward on fresher tires and a lot of determination.

With eight laps to go, Self had maneuvered himself back to eighth and over the course of the final laps, the 21-year-old wrestled his way back inside the top-10 and claimed ninth when the checkered flag waved.

Self has 32 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit. He holds a career-best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway in Feb. 2017 driving for AM Racing. Self’s career-best qualifying effort occurred at his hometown track of Texas Motor Speedway in June 2017 where he qualified 15th before finishing 12th.

 

Driver Quote:

“I’m really proud of the effort our AM Racing showed and delivered at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We had a good truck even though we didn’t have the best qualifying effort.

 

“We utilized some strategy and took advantage of being at the right place at the right time to find ourselves in a good stage 2 position and we’re able to make the most of rallying through the field after the final round of pit stops.

 

“I can’t thank my guys enough, along with Don’t mess with Texas and all of our marketing partners at AM Racing. It was important for us to do what we could to spread the message of love and support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I promise we won’t forget about them and we’ll be doing our best to help for the weeks and months to come.”

 

Event Notes:

 

  • Austin Wayne Self finished ninth in the Canada 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the iconic 2.459-mile road course. Last September, the Texan finished 15th after starting 22nd.

 

  • Self-made his 10th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the year but fifth of the season with Mooresville, N.C.-based AM Racing. This is the same team that Self earned a career-best second place finish in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.

 

  • Austin Cindric won the Canada 250 followed by Kaz Grala (second), Noah Gragson (third), Justin Hayley, (fourth) and Ryan Truex (fifth).

 

Next Race: Chicago 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Fri., Sept. 14.

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program , visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

 

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

 

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About Don’t mess with Texas:

TxDOT’s Don’t mess with Texas litter prevention campaign has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. For more information, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Don’t mess with Texas is a registered trademark and service mark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Austin Wayne Self carries momentum North of the Border to Canada

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – Fresh off a top-10 finish in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return this past weekend at Road America (Wisc.), sophomore NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Austin Wayne Self (@austinwself) heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park looking for his second top-10 finish of the season in Sunday’s Canada 250.

To help prepare the Austin, Texas native for Sunday’s race, AM Racing through their development partner Win-Tron Racing put Self back in ARCA competition for the first time since February 2016.

Not missing a beat, Self practiced well, started outside the top-10 (based off practice speeds), but quickly raced into the top-10 and remained a factor throughout the 25-lap Road America 100. Self, in fact even recovered from being spun by another competitor in the final 10 laps of the race to earn a sixth-place finish.

Carrying the momentum for his first ARCA top-10 finish in nearly two years, Self is craving more as he heads back to Canada’s 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course.

“I’m excited to be back in Canada and get some more road racing experience under my belt,” said Self who returns to the AM Racing colors this weekend. “We had a really good run at Road America. If we had another lap or two, I feel like we would have been able to get a top-five, but we’ll take sixth and move ahead to this weekend’s race.

“I’m in a groove now where I’m just excited to turn left and right. Road America is a technical track and Canadian Tire offers some of that too. Canada is a fast track with some sweeping corners and even a little elevation change. It gives you the thrill and spill that you’re looking for. Hopefully, it’s a good race for our AM Racing team.”

It’s just not a big weekend for Self who has been traveling North of the Border as week as a tourist, but he’ll celebrate the marriage of his aunt Connie who is getting married at the track on Saturday to James Ohman.

“I gotta say it’s pretty neat to have members of my family at the race track this weekend to not only watch me race, but be involved in a family wedding too,” offered Self. “I’m happy for my aunt Connie and my uncle James. We have a big surprise for them this weekend and can’t wait to share.”

Still, with enjoying the blessings of laughter and love with the marriage of his family this weekend in Canada, Self admits that his heart is been breaking for his friends and family back home in Texas who are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey who slammed into the state dropping record inches of rain which has cause massive and catastrophic flooding.

“Austin wasn’t a direct hit, but there were several cities around it that were hit with the unthinkable,” said Self. “I keep seeing all the pictures and videos of the destruction and it just hits you on a really emotional level. Texas is full of great people whose lives will forever be changed because of this event. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll do our best to show our support and offer assistance.”

To lead the way in standing strong with his home state, Self’s truck will carry “Texas Flood: We are One American Family!” a reminder that what we are witnessing in Texas is what being a true American is all about.  Americans across the United States have come to the rescue and aid of people they don’t even know to help make a difference.

Self hopes the signage on his truck will remind others to continue their selfless and thoughtful acts not only in the weeks, but months and potentially years to come.

In one prior start in Bowmanville, Self qualified 22nd and finished a respectable 15th.

In addition to AM Technical Solutions, Self will have additional marketing partnership support from Don’t mess with Texas, Accu-Tech, Snap-Track, AM Technical Solutions, Superior Essex and Legrand for his 10th race of the season and 32nd of his NCWTS career.

The Canada 250 (64 laps / 157.37 miles) is the 14th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Sat., Sept. 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., with a final practice session is set for 11:35 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 5:45 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag the following day, Sun., Sept. 3 shortly after 2:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

 

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

 

About AM Technical Solutions:

AM Technical Solutions (AMTS) is a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets. AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions and cleanroom certification and testing.

 

Contact: pr@amracing.racing