Austin Wayne Self Appearance at 1st Annual AutoRama

This past weekend Austin Wayne Self attended the 1st annual Austin AutoRama in Austin, Texas. “It was a really cool experience to be a part of a show like that and to be surrounded by so many award-winning hot rods,” Austin said, “I had a blast meeting all of the local fans and checking out the custom cars during the show. It was an awesome event and I’m already looking forward to next year’s AutoRama.”

The Austin AutoRama featured all types of cars and trucks including customs, classics, bikes, drag cars, racecars, and hot rods. Austin signed autographs for fans along with other special guests such as country singer, Junior Brown and Courtney Hansen, host of Spike TV’s “PowerBlock” and NBC Sports TV series “PowerNation”. Of course, Austin couldn’t show up to a CAR SHOW empty handed so he brought his 07 Central Texas Speedway Late Model for everyone to check out and handed out t-shirts as a thank you for their support of auto racing.

Austin commented, “Thousands of people came out to the AutoRama to check out the cars. It was great to meet so many people who love these machines as much as I do. I saw some amazing vintage rides and it was such a cool experience.”

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“World’s Fastest Half Mile” is Scene of Self’s First Points NASCAR K&N Series Race

March 18, 2013 – Bristol, TN – Austin Wayne Self and his Cunningham Motorsports team tackled the fast high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday, in his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) point’s race, the DRIVE4COPD125.

After making his K&N Series debut in the non-points inaugural UNOH Battle of the Beach at Daytona International Speedway, Self needed to change his driving style for the .533-mile Bristol track.  With guidance from car chief/NASCAR driver, Tim Andrews and spotter, Richard Coleman, Self made major adjustments in how he drove the corners in the high banking.  In comparison-at the flat .444-mile track at Daytona, Self couldn’t find enough brakes; whereas, at Bristol, Andrews and Coleman coached Self on the use of little to no brakes as the preferred method there.

Austin1Self proved to be a quick learner as he made adjustments to his driving style, posting the 20th speed on the timing charts in the first practice session.  With changes made by the crew, Self felt more comfortable when the second 75 minute practice session began.  Within 15 minutes Self found himself smacking the wall after sliding in oil when a competitor lost his oil pan. The crew worked feverishly to complete repairs in time to send Self back out before practice was over.  Those plans were quickly abandoned when crew chief, Paul Andrews, determined it was more important to get the car right for his young rookie in preparation for qualifying.

After the crew worked until the final moment to make it through technical inspection, Self took to the track for his qualifying run…clocking the 15th quickest speed.

Self lost a few positions at the drop of the green flag, but quickly figured out which line worked best for his AM Technical Solutions Dodge. Austin had taken over the 14th spot on lap 68, just prior to another competitor getting into Self’s right rear quarter panel.  The contact caused a tire rub on the #77.  With a couple of laps before the competition halfway break, Self hung onto the ill-handling Dodge until the yellow flew.  With all competitors in the pits, the crew examined the damage done by the contact. During the 5 minute recess the crew repaired the right rear damage, pulling the sheet metal off of the tire, adjusted the track bar and added half a can of fuel.

Austin2On the restart on lap 73, Self lined up 23rd and got right to work, picking up three spots in 4 laps.  During the remaining laps, Self had the front row seat on three wrecks, narrowly missing all three.  In spite of all of the cautions in the final 50 laps, Self continued to pick off positions, telling Andrews, “The car is feeling real good now.”  By lap 102 Austin had made it back to 14th, where he was prior to the right rear contact. With sprinkles hitting the track, Self took the checkered flag in 12th.

After climbing from the #77 Self commented, “The team worked super hard this weekend at Bristol. Even when we struggled the team gave 100%.  We made the best of what we were given!”

Next on Self’s schedule with his Cunningham Motorsports team will be the Richmond NKNPSE race on April 25 at the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway

Austin Wayne Self Breaks into NASCAR’s Top 10 on Facebook

Austin Wayne Self, NASCAR’s Most Popular Teenage Driver, last night exceeded the 100,000 fan threshold on Facebook. As of this writing he has 100,237 fans following him on his Facebook fan page. If you compare his fan count to other NASCAR driver, that ranks him as #9 in terms of the size of Facebook fan following, between Sprint Cup Driver Juan Pablo Montoya at 97,728 and Kyle Busch at 116, 882.

“Hey, this is one is not about me, but about the fans,” says Austin. “I want to thank all you guys for your continued support. For sure, without you guys we couldn’t be racing NASCAR at this level. I am grateful to each and every one of you.”

“I think it’s really cool that the majority of Austin’s fans are between 12 and 17 years old and are primarily teenagers – just like him,” says Gregory Taylor, Austin’s longtime friend and Social Media Manager. “He has a very loyal following, as you can see by the reach of most of his posts. And it is split pretty evenly between boys and girls. But the 18-25 year old demographic has been increasing lately as well as his Hispanic following.”

“We launched Austin’s Facebook page last year as kids were moving to that platform from MySpace,” says Austin’s big sister, Michail Self. “It’s been cool to watch and it’s pretty impressive when you consider the level of engagement he gets. A few of his posts get a little heated like the one last week about the San Antonio race, but most of the time it is just kids having fun, and fans following his races. Go Frogs” [Texas Christian University].

“Greg, Michail and Steven have been a tremendous support team for Austin and his Social Media efforts. These kids are all full-time college students with part-time jobs. So for them to put aside the time to give this level of support is nothing less than extraordinary and says a lot about their work ethic,” says Tim Self, Austin’s dad and President of AM Racing. “But before anyone gets any ideas [about hiring them], they are all spoken for after graduation.”

In 2013 Austin will driving the 22 Dodge for Cunningham Motorsports, the Driver Development Team for Penske Racing. His first two races of the 2013 Season will be on the Daytona Short Track during NASCAR Speed Week. At least eight of his races next year will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel. He and his Facebook fans believe they will be a quarter million strong by the end of next season.

Austin’s next NASCAR Race is this weekend at Houston Motorsports Park. He will be driving the #15 Pro Modified of Raymond De La Houssay Sponsored by Sport Clips and Big Red. He says they have some cool giveaways for the fans as their way of celebrating the 100,000.

Austin Wayne Self Launchs Mobile Website

For those of you who got a new iPhone, Droid or other smartphone for Christmas, Happy Holidays!!  Austin Wayne Self is proud to reveal his new mobile website.  Designed to give all of his young fans who love to browse the Internet from the comfort of their mobile devices, the new site is a slimmed down version of his standard website.

When you type www.awsracing.com into your browser, the site will automatically detect if you are on a mobile device, and you will see the mobile version of the website.

Austin would love to hear what you think, so please leave comments below, or on his Facebook page.