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 to Drive the New 07 Late Model at Central Texas Speedway

AM Racing will be rolling out their new Late Model car this weekend at Central Texas Speedway. Austin Wayne Self, the primary driver for AM Racing will be wheeling the new #07 AM Racing Late Model and is looking forward to the action! “I’m ready to get back to my home track and look forward to the racing.” Says Austin. “As for the Late Model car, I’m very grateful and excited for the opportunity to race this car and the super series next year. 650 HP in a 2600 lb. car is crazy fast fun.” As Austin is consistently gaining more seat team and developing his innately raw racing talent, his team is prepared to support him with ongoing car development. “This is the 1st of 2 new cars that we will be building and testing this season in preparation for 2014” says Tim Self of AM Racing. “We plan to race both Pro Late Model and Super Late Model Series next year as part of the support program for our ARCA and NASCAR series racing”. This grassroots racing is enhancement to his NASCAR and ARCA racing schedule. As Austin Wayne Self proved recently at Berlin Raceway, though young, his ambition, drive and talent deliver.

For more information follow Austin Wayne Self on Twitter: @AustinWSelf

Watch Austin Wayne Self Chase the Taste in NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway

Austin’s second ARCA Racing Series appearance in the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network this Thursday, August 1st at 11 p.m. ET. Don’t miss out on the intense racing action in one of the most exciting ARCA races of the 2013 season where Austin finished in second place. This was his second top 10 finish in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports AM Technical Solutions dodge after finishing 6th in his ARCA Racing Series debut.

During the race Austin worked hard to stay within the top 10 and by lap 80, he had made his way back up to the fourth place position. He was able to take four fresh tires and fuel during a pit stop on a caution lap. When the green flag dropped on the restart he gave the fans a show! During the restart on lap 146, Austin took the AMTS dodge three-wide for an exciting pass that moved him into the second position. He had his eye on race leader and needed to make a hard charge in attempts to catch him in the 10 race laps he had left.

“With a couple laps to go, I told myself I was either going to win this race or scrape the wall trying.” Self said.

Given a few more laps, Self would have loved the chance to take on the race winner bumper to bumper. Austin closed the gap to one car length by the end of the race and even though he didn’t quite catch the leader, he definitely gave him something to worry about.

“We ran an incredible race and given a few more laps we could have won. I learned so much and I just think we proved what a strong team we have. I really feel like we turned a lot of heads.” – AWS

Not only did Austin finish second in his second ARCA Racing Series appearance ever but, his impressive performance earned him the SCOTT Rookie Challenge Award. He became the 7th driver to win this award during the 2013 season, which is an incredible honor for the teen-age driver. This was a race Austin will never forget and one that you won’t want to miss!

To watch Austin charge to the front of the pack in the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 coverage from June 30th, tune into NBC Sports Network this Thursday, August 1st at 11p.m. ET.

Austin Wayne Self will make his Road Course Debut at NJMP

On July 28th Austin Wayne Self will be running the Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After a strong second place finish at Winchester and winning the SCOTT Rookie challenge Austin and the Cunningham team will carry that momentum towards ‘Thunderbolt Raceway.’ Austin looks forward to bringing #22 AMTS Cunningham Racing Dodge to the front of the pack in his first ARCA road course race.

Thunderbolt Raceway at NJMP is 2.25 miles of asphalt, 14 challenging turns, a one half mile straightway and non-stop excitement. Despite this being his first run at NJMP Austin is boldly approaching this challenge, “I’m excited to see how we run at a road course, I have raced on road courses before in karting and I am very confident in my road course racing abilities.”

Looking ahead Austin has been focusing in on training and preparing himself for this road course race. Austin will also be making various appearances throughout race weekend at NJMP. Make sure to follow him on Twitter for appearance updates: @AustinWSelf

Austin Wayne Self Finishes Second at Winchester and wins the SCOTT Rookie Challenge.

Approaching Indiana Austin Wayne Self set his sights high and most definitely delivered. “I really enjoy running double duty, it gives me more time in the race car and on the race track.” –AWS. In a double duty weekend Austin raced both Saturday in the #54 Scott Neal Dodge Super Late Model and Sunday in the #22 AMTS Cunningham Dodge in the ARCA Series. In the ARCA series Austin Wayne Self looked optimistically towards the front of the field and never dropped outside of the top 10 throughout the entire race. Upon catching P3 the caution came out, the 22 team pitted and fell back to 7th then raced their way back to P2. A late race caution came out with 20 laps to go, Self moved aggressively towards the front of the field and finished second in Sunday’s Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 after battling aggressively and showing intrepid race craft for a rookie against seasoned veterans. “I was somebody Frank had to worry about and keep behind him, I was able to learn from him and the next race he might have to worry about us. I think I earned a lot of respect from him, and he’s won 79 races, and I came out of no where so that was a major accomplishment. Cunningham gave me such a good car. We ran an incredible race and given a few more laps we could have won. I learned so much and I just think we proved what a strong team we have.” –AWS. Austin Wayne Self also was awarded the SCOTT Rookie Challenge; Self became the seventh driver to win a SCOTT Rookie Challenge race award in the 2013 season. This is an incredible honor for Austin who had this to say, “I really feel like we turned a lot of heads, and I can’t wait to get back out and get racing again.”-AWS

The Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 will also be the first ARCA Racing Series race that will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Network’s ARCA racing coverage premieres Thursday, August 1, at 11 p.m. ET with the Winchester race.

For more information and updates throughout the weekend follow Austin @AustinWSelf.

Self Places 2nd at HMP in #15 Modified

After a strong finish Saturday, Austin Wayne Self looks forward to testing in Indianapolis.

[dcs_img_left]http://www.awsracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2ndPlaceFinishHMP.png[/dcs_img_left]In the 60 lap feature at Houston Motorsports Park, Austin Wayne Self succeeded in maintaining a top three position throughout the entire race. Running the #15, Sports Clips, Umscheid Racing Modified- Austin won his heat and started the race on the pole. Austin commented, “My car was running great and we almost had first, but he kept running me high, we had a great race and learned a lot, we lost some position after the cautions but got back up there and finished strong.” During the 60 lap feature only 12 of 20 cars remained on the lead lap and Austin Wayne Self proved once again his tenacity to race and endurance on the track results in consistent race finishes. This week Austin will begin testing in Indianapolis and looks forward to his upcoming ARCA race.

For more information follow Austin on Twitter @AustinWSelf or visit his website www.awsracing.com for schedule updates.

Self Grabs 6th Place Finish in ARCA Series Debut

Toledo, OH – (May 19, 2013) – Austin Wayne Self’s ARCA Racing Series’ debut almost went as planned.  He hoped to leave Toledo Speedway with a top-5 finish.

After testing with his Cunningham Motorsports team less than a week prior to the race, Self felt that he could concentrate on improving the car during the two 45 minute practice sessions on Saturday instead of getting to know the car.  With each run during practice Austin became more comfortable in the #22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge, posting the fastest speed for much of the final practice session.  The 17 year old from Austin, TX, qualified 10th.

Self moved up one position at a time once the green flag flew, progressing to 7th by lap 16.  Self remained in 7th until lap 52, when he moved into 6th.  Several laps later teammate Tom Hessert took over the spot after running side by side with Self for a couple of laps.  With 15 cars on the lead, a spin in turn 2, involving cars running near Self brought the caution out on lap 72.  With minor sheet metal damage, Self brought the Penske-powered Dodge to the attention of the Paul Andrews-led pit crew.  After receiving right side tires, fuel and some quick work on the minor damage, Self returned to the track in 7th.  By the halfway point, Self had overtaken his teammate again, after more side by side laps—grabbing the 5th spot.

With a couple of quick yellows, Andrews decided to bring Self in for four fresh Hoosiers and fuel on lap 125, restarting 9th.  Self’s battle with his teammate was not over yet, as they continued to swap positions, until Self finally took 7th with 21 laps remaining in the 200 lap event.  Austin’s final push came within the final 5 laps, when he took over the 6th spot, finishing his debut ARCA race one position shy of his goal.

An excited, yet visibly hot and tired Self said, “I’m happy how the weekend played out.  Cunningham gave me a great car!  They always bring fast cars and that is what we had today.  We needed a few more cautions towards the end, to catch back up to the leaders.  But, we did the best we could.  I am ready for my next ARCA race at Winchester!”

The next race for the Cunningham organization is June 1, when the teams travel to Elko Speedway in Minnesota.  Austin’s next ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race will be June 30 at the high-banked short track of Winchester Speedway.  In the meantime, Self’s schedule includes racing at his family-owned Central Texas Speedway in Kyle, TX.

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Austin Wayne Self Prepares for Busy Double Header in Daytona

Whelen All-American Late Model Race on Monday and K&N Pro East Race on Tuesday

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.

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“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.”

Self Recaps a Successful 2012 Season and Looks Ahead to 2013

Prepares for ARCA and NASCAR K&N Pro East with Cunningham Motorsports

In February 2012, Austin Wayne Self moved from Austin, Texas to Huntersville, North Carolina.  At age 16, he left his friends and the only city he had ever lived in to race with Sellers Racing in order to gain experience at some of country’s most celebrated NASCAR short tracks.

In all, he raced at eight different tracks and earned 1 Checkered Flag, 13 Top 5’s and 25 Top 10 finishes.

We recently spoke with Austin to get some of his thoughts about the 2012 season and also look ahead to the 2013 season, which starts with two races at the UNOH Battle at the Beach in Daytona on February 18-19.

2012 Season Recap

What was it like to work with the Sellers team?
I feel very blessed to be able to work with the guys at Sellers.  They are one of the top Late Model team in the country.  At first I didn’t know what to expect, but they were very easy to work with.  I think they helped me turn into a better driver and a better person.

What’s the most important thing you learned from those guys?
I learned the importance of saving tires and about being patient and waiting for your opportunities in a race.

What was your favorite track you got to experience?
My favorite track was Southern National in Kenly.  We did a lot of races there, so I got some good experience and had my best finishes there.

What do you think was your best race?
I’d have to say the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond.  That race really sticks out the most because we all had to work with some new things from the Goodyear tires to the track to the level of competition.  We worked really hard together (Sellers and Austin) throughout that week and got a Top 20 finish.  That felt like a huge accomplishment.  It really taught me that I’m capable of working with a top team and racing against the best and holding my own.

Did you accomplish everything you set out to accomplish in 2012?
For the most part yes.  But I always want to win more.  I’m just competitive, so I do like to win.  But one of our goals was just to get a lot of experience at different tracks and to learn a lot from the Sellers team.  I know I learned a lot for sure.

Looking Ahead to 2013

So you join the Cunningham team this year in both ARCA and K&N Pro East races.  How excited were you to sign with Cunningham?
It’s still sinking in.  I’m very excited about getting to work with Cunningham and Paul Andrews.  He’s been a part of Sprint Cup Championship teams and I can’t wait to get to work with him.  Cunningham is one of the best ARCA teams, they are good guys and I’m just very grateful to be with them.  I’d rather be with them than any other team out there.

What are you most looking forward to this season?
I’m just happy that I get to keep doing what I love so much for another season.  I’m looking forward to racing faster and bigger cars and to drive on some more of the top ARCA and K&N Pro East tracks.

Any one track in particular you can’t wait to race at?
All of them!  Richmond, the new short track at Daytona, Bristol, Road America, Dover and more. 

What’s something you’re working to improve?
I want to work on my personal strength and getting into the gym more.  It will help with my endurance and the longer races.

What’s your main goal for this season?
First and foremost I want to finish every race.  It would also be great to get a lot of Top 5 finishes and to get a win in ARCA and K&N too.

Austin Wayne Self Returns to Racing in Texas

Houston Motorsports ParkAustin, Texas (August 14, 2012) – NASCAR’s next superstar and Texas native, Austin Wayne Self, will mark his first return to racing in the Lone Star State since 2011 when he takes the wheel in the No. 8.5 Sport Clips Haircuts Truck this Saturday night at Houston Motorsports Park (HMP).

Part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the trucks will race a double feature of 30 laps each at the 3/8-mile oval.

Self has spent 2012 competing under the Sellers Racing banner in the No. 07 Sport Clips/Big Red Chevy in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Division, racing throughout the Southeast in search of his first national championship.

“I raced one truck race last year for Ed (Nastasi) and Jim (Nides) and the folks at Nastasi Racing and really enjoyed it.” And it’s obvious Self has been looking forward to coming back to where his NASCAR career started. “It’s going to be awesome to get back to racing in front of my friends and family who are making the trip to HMP.

“With my first ARCA race coming up next year, we’ve been busy getting ready and this is going to be really cool to get a chance to go out and just have fun. A big thanks goes out to Ed, Jim and Sport Clips for giving me the opportunity.”

All the action at HMP starts at 7 p.m. and is located only 20 minutes outside of downtown Houston. For fans that can’t make it, catch all the racing action online and check out facebook.com/austinwself or on Twitter @austinwself.