Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions S’loonshine 98.9 Preview

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2014 Scott Rookie of The Year Austin Wayne Self will complete his second full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Friday evening in the S’loonshine 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway.

Self has shown steadily improvement in 2015, including capturing first career ARCA win in June at the famous Winchester Speedway.

Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) enters the finale sitting third in ARCA championship points. The Austin, Texas native sits 60 points behind second place Josh Williams, with a solid performance the 19-year-old could finish as high as second in points.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs in 2015,” Self stated. “We had a lot of bad luck after Winchester that set us back in the points a little bit. I would love nothing more than to finish the season in victory lane for AMTS, Pirate Energy and MMM. They have all stuck with me all season long and they all deserve another trip to victory lane.”

“I really enjoy racing at Kansas, it’s my favorite 1.5 mile track that we race at. Last year I was battling for the lead and unfortunately we got caught up in an incident.”

Self will have plenty of fans cheering him on Friday evening. He will have over 30 representatives from AMTS in attendance for the final race of the 2015 season.1

““We are excited about the race at Kansas Speedway and are hopeful to seeing the AM Technical Solutions car being in Victory Lane,” Tim Glasson SVP of Corporate Development for AMTS stated.“We have several business associates coming to the race for a networking event and are looking for a great showing. We are proud to sponsor Austin and are excited about what the future holds for him.”

Self also heads into the final race leading the S&S Volo Long Haul Award. The award is presented to the driver at the end of the year ARCA awards banquet who completes the most laps during the season. Self has completed 2,593 of 2,628 laps (98.1%).

Chassis: Self will race chassis No.  614 out of the MMM stable. Self last raced the chassis last month at the Kentucky Speedway to an 11th place finish. The chassis has three starts in 2015 earning two top-ten finishes.

The Full Throttle S’loonshine 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway will be live on Fox Sports 1 Friday, October 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. CST. . ARCA will also provide live timing and scoring at Arcaracing.com will for all on-track activity.

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Austin Wayne Self Back at the Home Track

Austin Wayne Self returned to his home track for the first time since moving to Mooresville, NC to further pursue a professional racing career. The 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year competed in the Pro late Model race at Central Texas Speedway on Saturday, March 28th. This was the young driver’s first time back in a Late model since the beginning of the ARCA Racing season. Self was excited to be home and back at CTS where his stock car career took flight. He even pulled off a top-five finish.

AWS_Dont' Mess with TXSelf’s return to the local Austin area race track attracted long-time fans and sponsors to the race event on Saturday. Among those supporting the young driver were the owners and guests of the popular energy shot drink, Pirate Energy. The Pirate Energy group cheered Self on as he piloted the #07 Pirate Energy Pro Late Model and even hosted an after-party after the race action to celebrate the team’s top 5 finish.

The fourth place finish wasn’t so easily earned however. Self struggled with mechanical issues throughout the day. “The last time this Pro late model saw a track was at the race in Georgia that we competed at a few months ago. With ARCA testing in Nashville making my late model practice schedule tight, I don’t think we really had a chance to work out all the kinks. The team worked extremely hard to repair damage taken on in Georgia and I know with a little more track time before, we would have had the best car out there. We still did a great job and I know we all had fun and that’s what’s most important to us for these CTS races,” explained Self.

Stands_SunsetDespite having trouble getting through turns during the race Self was able to pick up positions during the race and put on a show for the crowd. Starting in the 7th position Self quickly took the #07 Pirate Energy car to the top. Charging forward and taking on other drivers on the inside Self battled to the second position and remained there for the majority of he race. A late caution came out causing the rest of the pack to catch back up with the leaders. Some shuffling during the restart put Self back in the fourth position with only a few laps to go. Even without the win the #07 team received praises for the exciting racing they displayed from fans and partners. Newcomers to the track became race fans for life and that really is what the sport is all about.

The next race that Self and the #07 Pirate Energy car will compete in will be Saturday, April 4th at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. Fans can follow Austin on Facebook and Twitter to catch announcements about live broadcasting for this event and for behind the scenes photos and videos.

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Self Heads Back to His Roots for The First Race of the Season at His Home Track

Austin Wayne Self heads back to his home tack this weekend for it’s first race event of the 2015 season. During his busy ARCA Racing Series schedule Self still wanted time throughout the season to come back to his roots. His team decided to add five of the nine Central Texas Speedway race events to his 30-plus, race schedule. It’s Self’s way of reminding himself where this “Road to NASCAR” journey got started a few years back. It’s also an excuse for the Texas native to go home every once in a while to spend some time with friends and family since moving to North Carolina.

LateModel“I always love coming back to Texas to race the Pro Late Model races at CTS. I get good seat time and experience but it still feels like a quick break from the busy ARCA schedule. A lot of my original fans are here too so I always enjoy getting to visit with them when they come to the track! It’s cool to hear their stories about following my races on TV. They make me feel like a local celebrity”– Austin Wayne Self

While Self considers coming home for the CTS race a quick break, his schedule doesn’t seem to be letting up any. Self will travel to Nashville to test the #98 AM Technical Solutions Ford that he pilots in the ARCA series. He will return to Texas only to hop into the seat of his #07 Pirate Energy Pro Late Model to practice Friday evening and then race Saturday, March 28th.

“The CTS races are fun for me and my family and friends. Since I’m not running the full series, there’s a way more laid back feel. It’s competitive but it’s more stress free compared to my ARCA races. I love my ARCA races too but, competing for two Championships in that series puts a little bit more pressure on you. People always ask what I do in my spare time and this is it. If I’m not in an ARCA car I find something else to race around in” – AWS

Self_Win_CTSThis will be the first race that local Texas fans will be able to meet and greet with Austin since receiving his 2014 SCOTT Rookie of the Year Title award. Fans can also expect a familiar local energy shot drink to be featured on this year’s #07 Pro Late Model. Pirate Energy representatives will be making their way to CTS to watch their car take laps around the track. The Pirate Energy girls will of course be there as well to hand out sleep deprived drivers, crews and fans a tasty energy boost.

Self won the final Pro Late Model race of the 2014 CTS season. He hopes to spark a winning streak and start 2015 off right. Self currently sits 3rd in Championship points in the ARCA Series after just two races. He also holds the fourth position for the series’ new Short Track Challenge. A win at CTS this weekend would give Self great momentum going into the second short track race of the ARCA season at Nashville. It will be a race that local Texas race fans will not want to miss!

 

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Self and TX Late Model Team Review Watermelon Speedfest Races

Austin Wayne Self brought his Late Model crew from Kyle, TX to compete in the Watermelon Capital Speedway’s Speedfest 2015. The team would try their luck with a car that had never raced outside the state of Texas. Not only had it never been outside of TX, the Pro Late Model had only ever raced on Self’s home track, Central Texas Speedway.

The team was optimistic and excited to get rolling. They made their way to the track to get some early practice in on Thursday afternoon. Self and his team also unloaded a Super Late Model as they planned to run the full Speedfest double header. Self was eager to get back in the seat and get ready for his first races of the 2015 season.

AWS Autograph for Young FanDuring Saturday’s practice the team struggled with some motor complications on the Pro Late Model and finished out practice with times putting them around the 19th position. A few more adjustments were made to the car before qualifying and Self was able to pick up some spots and qualify the Pro Late Model in the 12th position. Oddly enough, the 07 Super late Model would also start in the 12th position.

During his first race Self made moves early to pick up three spots in the first 50 laps. With plenty of side-by-side racing action, moves to the inside, and avoiding hazards ahead, Self found himself in the 6th position with 25 laps to go. With another caution out on lap 115 of 125 Self was working hard to break the top 5. Coming out of turn 4, two laps after the restart Self made a move to the inside unaware of the car on his inside rear quarter panel. The two made contact and Self got loose! Wiggling and getting sideways it looked as though there would be cause for another caution but Self saved the car and was able to clinch a top 10 finish!

“We may not have finished where we wanted but we had a whole lot of fun,” says Austin Wayne Self. “I have to credit the CRA/ARCA guys and Watermelon Speedway staff for a really fun time, a great show and a tremendous effort on their part. Also, gotta give credit to Bubba Pollard and John Nemacheck and their crews. They had their stuff dialed in from the beginning to the end. Like Colt says, we were a little behind tire wise and we probably shouldn’t have restricted our Super motor for this track. I thought our Pro Car set up was pretty good. We just didn’t have the power some of these other guys had and it hurt us trying to get off the turns. I believe if my spotter and I had communicated better we could have avoided the late race contact and finished in the top 5. But hey, that’s racing. We’ll get these cars back to the DLP Motorsports shop, change setups to work better with these tires and be ready to go next go-round. I can’t wait to have another shot at it.”

AWS and Young FanDuring the Super Late model race Self made moves early making his way to P9 within the first 80 laps. After the 10 minute pit stop at lap 100 Self restarted the race with 100 more laps to go in the 9th position. Self’s Super Late race ended early when Elliot made a move to the inside. Self was forced up the track coming up to slow traffic. With nowhere to go, the 07 machine found it’s way underneath a slow car ahead.

“The 10th place and the DNF for the Pro and Super Late model finishes didn’t really show the whole picture,” says Colt James, Crew Chief for both the Pro Late Model and The Super Late Model. “We had some good runs and could possibly have gotten out of there with a couple top 5 finishes. Everyone on the Team did a really great job and we took some good notes. With what we learned about set up on this tire compound and what we found out from our new motor builder, I think we have what we need to put our stuff up front in this series. We will be much better prepared when we take to the track at Lucas Oil Raceway.”

“I really enjoy working with Austin and this Texas Bunch. These guys don’t quit for nothing and Austin drives his butt off no matter what the car is like,” says David Pletcher (AKA Buggy), of DLP Motorsports. I wish I could have been here for the whole weekend but we had some commitments down in New Smyrna Friday and Saturday. I know exactly what these guys had to face last weekend. You can ask anybody but it’s tough when you go from one series to the next and have to figure out the set up on different tire compounds. Plus, this is just our second race together so our team is still in the “gel” phase. We will have it all working better by the time we get to Indy.”

Self will continue his 30-race season in February at the ARCA Lucas Oil 200 in Daytona. For more information about Austin’s 2015 season visit his website, www.awsracing.com. You can also follow him on facebook and twitter for live race updates and behind the scenes pictures and videos.

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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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Austin Wayne Self takes P2 at Central Texas Speedway!

On November 16th Austin Wayne Self raced in the “NASCAR Saturday Night” Presented by A-Line Auto Parts in his 07 Late Model and put on an incredible show for a record crowd! AWS started on the pole and ran between 4th and 2nd throughout the entire race, which consisted of a record entry field. On the last lap Austin ran P3 and after a turn 2 wreck avoided carnage by taking the low line and secured a P2 finish! “It was really close, and I’m just happy we were able to get past everything and get a strong finish!”-AWS

Austin now looks forward to even more seat time and some great kart racing in LAS VEGAS! Austin Wayne Self will race the SuperNationals XVII Karting Event at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Austin will be representing Team Arrow along with AJ Allmendinger and Will Power on November 19-24 in the TaG Senior Class.

Austin Wayne Self finishes 13th at Phoenix

The 77 AM Technical Solutions Cunningham Dodge closed out the 2013 NASCAR season at the Arizona 50 KN West race on Saturday. In the short 50 lap race Austin Wayne Self exemplified strategic passing and racemanship! After qualifying 17th the team had a real race on their hands! After an early caution the 77 incurred slight damage and not only rebounded but made aggressive movement towards the front runners throughout the remaining race. AWS moved the car forward and continued to put pressure on the cars up front. Austin Wayne Self commented, “We just needed another 50 laps and we would have been a top 10 car easily, it was just a really short race. I like the challenge of passing cars and we just needed time.” This race serves as a building block to 2014 as AWS will be running full time in the ARCA series. The entire Cunningham team and Austin Wayne Self view Phoenix as another accomplishment and building block to their contention for the 2014 ARCA Championship.
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OctoberFAST at San Antonio Speedway

 

 

This weekend Austin Wayne Self will be taking the final green flag at San Antonio Speedway. San Antonio Speedway’s final race weekend is October 18-19th and the beloved high banked ½ mile oval will be greatly missed in the Texas racing community. “It’s sad to hear the track is closing down, It’s been great racing there over the years. Lot’s of fun memories” said Austin. The race (Octoberfast) will be sure to bring out Texas’ best homegrown racers and Austin hopes to take the checker in his # 07 Late Model this weekend. The seat time at a variably banked track such as San Antonio Speedway will show what the #07 has under the hood and how Austin can really run in a late model, so get ready for a show!  Follow updates all weekend on Twitter.com/AustinWSelf or on Facebook.com/AustinWSelf .

Austin Wayne Self Motors towards the Monster Mile

This weekend Austin Wayne Self and the 77 team will attempt to conquer the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway! The Drive Sober 150 KN East race takes the green flag on Saturday at 4:45 pm ET. The race will be televised Sunday October 13th on Fox Sports 1. Dover winning crew chief Chad Bryant optimistically focuses the team’s efforts towards a track he has previously stolen a win at in the NASCAR Nationwide series. This confidence and experience will serve as a valuable asset for AWS as he races the one mile concrete surface in Dover, Delaware. “I have been told racing Dover, going into the turns is like dropping 3 stories! I have heard a lot about the track and am really looking forward to racing it for my first time!” -AWS This enthusiasm and ambition towards racing is what motivates the 77 AMTS Cunningham Racing Dodge.

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Seat Time at the Magic Mile

New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also known as the Magic Mile provided an incredible learning experience on the road to victory for Austin Wayne Self. This 1.058 mile track with mild banking was approached with confidence and fines by the 77 AMTS Cunningham Dodge team. “It’s a really cool track. Passing was a challenge but a good one, I’m still learning and bettering myself with each race.” -AWS

In qualifying the the team placed p16. Unfortunately after discovering a mechanical error and correcting the issue was forced to start from the back. Throughout the race the 77 team aggressively adjusted the car to better performance. Austin Wayne Self worked his way from the back of the pack all the way up to p9! To our dismay on the final laps of the race Austin and the 77 team were met with aggressive driving and took a hard hit. Austin took the results with stride and the 77 team focused on the experience gained from this racing opportunity. When all is said and done this track provided for incredible racing and Austin Wayne Self tackled the challenge!

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