Austin Wayne Self has Real Battle at the UNOH NASCAR Beach Race

Gained Valuable Experience in Both Inaugural Late Model and K&N Pro East Races at Daytona International Speedway

It was a long three days down in Daytona, but Self was able to gain a lot of learning.  Fortunately there were no points involved in what was billed as two “all-star” races, so Austin and his teams could really focus on getting to know one another and get some valuable experience working together.

AMTS-OTX-daytonaSunday was spent getting the OTX Late Model Car and the AM Technical Solutions K&N Pro East car ready to race and through NASCAR tech inspection. All told, it was a fun and relaxing day hanging out with the crews, fans and other drivers.

Monday was a different story with 3 hours of LMSC Practice, 2 hours of K&N Pro Practice, 1 hour of pictures, 1 hour of Autographs, a 25-lap heat race and then a ride in the ambulance following a crash in the LMSC 150 Lap Monday Feature Race.

“I don’t think I have had such a busy day of racing since the last time we raced karts at the Las Vegas Super Nationals,” says Austin. “I just wish we hadn’t gotten collected in that crash on lap 32 and could have gone on to race the full 150.  I saw the 01 car spin to the outside in turn 4 as we were coming into 3. Richard – my spotter – was saying stay low and I was thinking no problem, as I’ll just continue to run the inside race line. Then I felt the 30 car turning in on my right quarter panel as he was trying to keep from getting collected and it just pushed me straight into the 01. I felt terrible for our sponsors and the crew because they had done a great job getting the car to work on this flat, I mean very flat track. We were on the move. We started 18th and we were passing the 30 car to take over the 9th spot when it happened. I really think we had a chance at a top 5. I’m not sure we had anything for C.E. and Kyle but for sure we could have driven into the top 5.”

Then Tuesday it was another 2 hours of K&N Practice, a qualifying crash, another ride in the ambulance and then a 150 Lap feature without brakes.

“Holy cow. I thought Monday was a tough day. We missed our sticker run in the final minutes of practice when NASCAR closed the pits, our qualifying session got cut short by 4 laps when a coupling on the steering shaft broke and we ended up in the wall. Then it was a super long bus ride to the infield care center. I have had my vitals checked more in the last two day than I have my whole life. I did become good friends with the EMS crew, they text me a lot now to make sure I’m still ok. But nothing compared to having to drive 100+ laps without brakes last night,” says Self.

daytona-strategy-paul-and-tim-andrews“You have to use brakes a lot with these cars on this track and expect glowing rotors, brake fade, boiling fluid and an a lot of pedal pumping. So when we first lost them, Paul [Andrews, Crew Chief] keeps is telling me to pump the pedal and I’m telling him I’m pumping but still don’t have brakes. They never did come back. If anyone tells you how hard this track is drive with one of these cars, ask them how they would like to drive it for 120 laps without brakes. It was tough to stay out there and run 2 seconds off the pace. But finishing was our 1st priority and getting a 17th place finish with no brakes made for a pretty good ending.” says Self.

“I would really like to thank OTX, AMTS, Sellers and Cunningham for their support and hard work and all my friends and family back home for watching. Especially like to thank all the folks that posted words of encouragement on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Their support really helps get through these tough races,” says Self.

Self will now prepare for his next NASCAR K&N Pro East race at the half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway on 3/16.

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 Makes it 7 Top 5s in a Row Finishing 5th and 3rd in the Southern National “School’s Out” Twins

Despite a tough qualifying run that put him starting 10th in a field of 22, and 5 laps of back and forth banging with the 05 car, Austin still managed to put the Sports Clips Haircuts Chevrolet on the podium in Southern National’s School’s Out 320.

 

“We have improved significantly in our qualifying runs since the start of the season,” says Brian Rundstrom, Crew Chief of the 07 car. “We believe the problems we had qualifying this weekend were due to the fact we set the car up to qualify with one batch of tires, and then qualified on another. Unfortunately, those were the only tires available to pick up that morning. Qualifying is the single biggest issue we have to improve on. If we can get Austin closer to the front at start of these races, we should start posting more wins. Anyone who has seen him drive can testify to that.”

“Two more solid finishes for the team and our sponsors,” says President of AM Racing, Tim Self. “Seven straight Top 5 finishes is a good indicator that this team is a solid contender, but our sponsors are more interested in the quality of the show and the podiums. The 07 car always seems to deliver a good show. Due to the timing of the cautions and restarts in the first twin, we kept losing track position and had to make it up again and again. I don’t think we have ever made that many passes in a race! Add the passing action in the first twin race to the hard-racing that went on with the 05 car in the second twin race, and you quickly become the car to watch from the grand stands. We are happy with another great result by a solid upcoming team.”

“Tires and score settling seemed to be the dominant issues tonight,” says Austin Wayne Self. “The race tires we ended up with weren’t our first choice. Fulton [Car Chief for the 07] can tell you more about that. All I know is we were in the low 15.6s with scrubs and were expecting to get into the 15.4s with new tires and that didn’t happen. Then Deac, the 08 car, had a problem with his right rear in thefirst twin and got to put on a fresh one for the second twin. That’s like giving Popeye an extra can of spinach. Finally, we knew when we reeled in Doug, the 05 car, it was going to be a little dicey making a “clean” pass after he went into the wall last week during a little contact. We traded a few shots, got warned from NASCAR officials, and then decided it best to let him go. All in all, those are two fast cars with great crews and veteran drivers. We would have liked a win tonight but happy with our performance overall and looking forward to Motor Mile next week. I don’t think we have any scores to settle and hopefully will get our pick of tires. Thanks again to all our fans and sponsors who keep us coming back race after race, to Soldiers for Faith for their prayers and to God for always looking after us.”

 

 

About Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self, a 16-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self has 5 NASCAR wins in less than 2 seasons and 24 career Top 5 finishes.  Self has also won 14 career national and world Karting championships, having competed since age 4. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

 

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:

Website www.awsracing.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AustinWSelf

 

About Sport Clips

Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL).

To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com.  For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.

 

Austin Wayne Self Delivers an Exciting 3-for-3 at Southern National Despite Mid-Pack Start

Despite starting 11th in only his fourth run at Southern National Motorsports Park (SNMP), Austin Wayne Self made an exciting drive to the front of the pack to once again deliver for his fans and sponsors and give them a 3rd spotlight finish in as many races.

The $2,000 bounty on the undefeated 08 car (Deac McKaskill) brought out a host of talent for the 150-lap feature event Saturday night in Kenly, North Carolina in a race that would see only a single caution brought out on lap 57 by a wild 3-wide situation when Austin put the 07 Sport Clips Chevrolet inside the 2-wide battle being fought by the 05 and the 20 cars.

“Doug (05) and Darrel (20) were really fighting it out in front of me,” said Austin Self. “I followed them for about 5 or 6 laps waiting for one of them to complete the pass and follow them through. But when Doug moved Darrel up the track going into turn three, he left the bottom wide open and I made the move. I knew I was carrying enough speed to clear them on exit but then Doug turned down on me just after the middle, which scrubbed my momentum. We all three came out of 4 clean. But then for some reason, Doug turned down again in the middle of the front straight. I backed off and he just rolled across my nose. Fortunately, there was no damage to our car and we were able to stay out and continue our run.”

“We set our car up to be fast at the end of the race so we would have something for the 08 car when it mattered,” said Brian Rundstrom, Crew Chief for the 07 Sport Clips Chevrolet. “It worked out great because it looked like we were the fastest car on the track at the end. Unfortunately, the late race caution that we were hoping for never came and never got that chance to challenge Deac for the lead.”

“The 11th place qualifying run didn’t help either,” says Brian.  “We used up our 3 practice sessions making sure our car would be fast with old tires. So we never got a chance to practice a sticker run for qualifying. But we sure didn’t think the car was going to be that bad on stickers. Austin ran the car as hard as he could in the qualifying run but you could see the car pushing up the track from middle out – especially in turns 3 and 4. It was terrible and really had us second-guessing our race set up. I don’t think we will make that mistake again.”

“I think that was a great race for the fans and the sponsors and really, even for the crew and driver,” said Tim Self, President of AM Racing. “The run up from 11th to 7th was cool. The 3-wide move in 3-4 had everybody on their feet. But the late race charge from 7th to 3rd was nothing short of amazing to watch. I think that is what the crowd was watching. There was no racing going on up front. The show was watching the 07 car absolutely fly through the field in the last 50 laps of the race and finish on the podium once again. We may not have won tonight, but we didn’t let anybody down either. Everyone – I mean everyone – got their money’s worth. If there had been a late race caution to restart the field we would have had real Saturday night barnburner here in Kenly. Think about it; the 07 and the 08 cars starting on the front row with only 5 to go.  Maybe next weekend!”

“That was definitely a fun race,” says Austin. “Langley 2 weeks ago was fun, but not as fun as tonight. I can’t wait to get back here again next weekend. I think we can beat Deac if we can race him at the end. He is so fast in the beginning of these races that unless there is a yellow and a restart you can’t catch him. But we do our best at the end of the race. The rule of thumb is that there is always a late Race yellow so that is what we plan for and that’s how we set up our stuff. To be fast in the end.”

“I’d like to thank all of our fans for their support and encouragement. To our Facebook and Twitter fans who continue to be part of all we do, and our local track fans; we will always work hard to deliver a good show make you proud to be a big part of our races. Thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts, AM Technical Solutions, Big Red, The Bridge School, OTX and K1 Race Gear for their continued support. Thanks to Soldier’s for Faith for all of their prayers and most of all thanks to God for His Grace and hand in all we do.”

Austin, Sellers Racing and the 07 Sport Clips Haircuts Chevrolet will race at SNMP one last time on June 9 before heading to Motor Mile for a set of races on June 16 and 23.  They are then scheduled to be back at SNMP again July 7th.

 

About Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self, a 16-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self has 5 NASCAR wins in less than 2 seasons and 24 career Top 5 finishes.  Self has also won 14 career national and world Karting championships, having competed since age 4. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:
Website www.awsracing.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AustinWSelf


About Sport Clips

Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com.  For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.

 

Austin Wayne Self to Race in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond on April 26

Huntersville, NC – April 16, 2012

Austin Wayne Self has been invited to drive the Sport Clips Haircuts 07 Chevrolet in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Speedway on April 26.

Self joins Sprint Cup Series drivers Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola as well as other NASCAR competitors including Sellers Racing teammate, Peyton Sellers.

“We’re really excited to be invited to compete in this event,” Self says.  “It will be a lot of fun to be in the field against top Cup and Nationwide drivers and also support people with cystic fibrosis.  Anytime we can combine racing with supporting a good cause, that’s the best situation.”

52 cars will attempt to make the 36-car field for the 75-lap event.

“Obviously it’s our goal to make the final 36-car field, and just the qualifying event is a big win for our Team and Sponsors.  This will give us some great experience going against the top talent in Late Model racing.  I just feel so appreciative of all of the opportunities God has given us already this season.” says Self.

The Short Track Showdown will run following the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and cap an action-packed opening day of the Spring NASCAR weekend.

The race will be broadcast Live on the Speed Channel 8:00 ET on Thursday, April 26th

Proceeds will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports organizations like the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, St. Jude’s Hospital and Victory Junction Camp. Tickets can be purchased at www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org.

 

About Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self, a 16-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self has 5 NASCAR wins in less than 2 seasons and 24 career Top 5 finishes.  Self has also won 14 career national and world Karting championships, having competed since age 4. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:
Website www.awsracing.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

 

About Sport Clips

Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com.  For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.

 

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Contact
Terri Hartley
Marketing and PR for Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573
Email terri@marketingrefresh.com

Austin Wayne Self Delivers a Great Show for Sport Clips Haircuts in 2012 Season Opener

(March 19, 2012) — Huntersville, NC

After qualifying 20th in a field of 22 NASCAR Late Models, Austin drove the Sport Clips 07 Chevrolet to a Top 5 finish at the Southern National Motorsports Park season opener.

“Austin just set the stage for the season with these guys (referring to the Sellers 07 crew) the way he absolutely drove the wheels off of that car,” said HC Sellers owner of the 07 Chevrolet.  “We were all very impressed to say the least. He drove way beyond our expectations. Based on what we saw here tonight, this is going to be a great season for the crew of the 07 Chevrolet.”


Austin Wayne Self and the Sport Clips 07 Chevrolet.  Photo Credit: SSS Photography 

“We had a great race car today. The Sport Clips 07 Chevrolet was fast and would run anywhere on the track. Peyton, Brian, Fulton, Fred and the Sellers crew did a great job setting the car up and talking me through this race. I have to give these guys a lot of credit especially for having so little time to test at this track,” says Austin.  “A top 5 finish in our 1st race after qualifying 20th.  Only a win could have been better than that.”

“We took on two right side tires for the second leg and thought we would have something for the race leaders. But when the sun went down and every thing started cooling off we started getting a lot of grip. All the yellows that came made things worse. The car started getting tight on entry and I just couldn’t get it to the bottom of the track.  But it was great being on the outside and running two wide up front. That’s what the fans like so I think we gave a good show in the second run. I made a couple of mistakes at the end. Otherwise I think we could have delivered another top 5.”

“This (Southern National) is a great facility and a great crowd. I have to thank Mike (Diaz), Jerry (Brown) and Jim (Dean) for giving us all such a great place to race. There was a lot of talent racing here today, and they race hard but clean. I look forward to more here this season.  Thanks all of my fans that support me every day. Please keep it up.“

“Finally, thanks to Ed and the whole North Carolina Sport Clips team for their support. We couldn’t be here without you guys. I’ll definitely be at the Wilson shop for another haircut at the end of the month so they better have those hot towels ready!”

“I give God all the glory for our performance here today and look forward to being back here in two weeks,” finishes Austin.

“HC is absolutely right, Austin did drive the wheels of that car today,” say Peyton Sellers.  “Also, I agree with Austin, I think he was a little slow on the up-shifting on two of those last restarts and then he took the inside row on that last restart when he should have taken the outside. It cost us 2 or 3 spots for sure. But more than anything, I’m just proud of this team. We have been waiting 3 weeks for this race.  The whole team did a great job. Especially when you consider this was their 1st race together. They should just get better and faster from this point on. We race South Boston next weekend and then will be back here. We can’t wait.”


HC Sellers and Austin Wayne Self.  Photo Credit: SSS Photography 

“It would have been great if he could have put the Sport Clips Chevrolet in the winners circle today, but I’m not sure it would have been as exciting as watching our car go from the back of the field to the front,” says Ed Majeski owner of Sport Clips locations in Wilson, Greenville, and Wilmington. I thought we saw it all in the first race, but then to see the Sport Clips Chevrolet on the outside front row during the second race restarts that was just cool. We are excited about supporting Austin’s NASCAR campaign this season. It was a very good day at Southern National and I am sure we picked up a bunch of new fans here in East Central North Carolina.  Congratulations to Austin and the Sellers crew on their performance here today. I bet the fans are looking forward to watching the Sport Clips car at the next race here.”


Ed Majeski, the Wilson Sport Clips Haircuts team and Austin Wayne Self.  Photo Credit: SSS Photography 

 

About Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self, a 16-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self has 5 NASCAR wins in less than 2 seasons and 24 career Top 5 finishes.  Self has also won 14 career national and world Karting championships, having competed since age 4. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:
Website www.awsracing.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

 

About Sport Clips

Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com.  For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.

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Contact
Terri Hartley
Marketing and PR Director, Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573
Email terri@marketingrefresh.com

The Bridge School Awards Scholarship to 15-Year Old NASCAR Driver Austin Wayne Self

 

Flexible Online Courses a Perfect Fit for Austin’s Demanding Schedule

February 14, 2012 – (Austin, TX)

In a 1-year agreement, The Bridge School has become a sponsor of the 07 Big Red Chevrolet and official online high school for driver Austin Wayne Self.

“We are so excited to be a part of Austin’s NASCAR program,” said Dr. Spyros Catechis, Founder and CEO of The Bridge School.  “With his demanding travel schedule and the amount of time he has to spend at the track, Austin needed a personalized education solution that gave him the flexibility to pursue his dream.  It’s rewarding to show the world that there are other options available for students like Austin who want to succeed in their education while they follow their passion.”

“It’s been hard not being at school with all of my friends, but it’s what I have to do to make my dreams come true.  It’s just such a relief that something like The Bridge School exists so that we don’t have to plan our racing and practices around regular school hours.  It takes a lot of stress away so that I can focus on racing and still go to a great online school when it fits my schedule,” says Austin Wayne Self.  “And to have the teachers be so helpful and supportive just makes it that much better.  I know they really want me to do well in school and in my races.”

“Getting a good education is important in our family.  Austin’s older sister Michail excelled in high school and is now in the Neeley School of Business at TCU [Texas Christian University].  We want Austin to get a solid foundation as well,” says Tim Self, President of AM Racing.  “The fact that The Bridge School is based in Texas is also really cool because we are proud Texans.  Austin will still get to earn a Texas high school diploma even though we will live most of the year in North Carolina.”

“The Bridge School is just another example of how teenegers in today’s world are able to leverage the Internet and technology to communicate and fulfill their responsibilities.  We are glad to have them behind us so Austin can continue his NASCAR dream,” says Tim Self.

 

About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self, a 15-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self is also an international Karting champion, having competed since age 5. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:
Website www.awsracing.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

 

About The Bridge School           
The Bridge School is a SACS accredited high school providing a flexible curriculum alternative enabled by online course delivery.  Our ultimate goal is to provide students with an individualized and superior educational program that prepares them for college or a professional career.

A Range of Educational Options:

  • Complete high school diploma
  • Individual high school courses to augment a student’s school-based curriculum
  • AP courses and elective courses to support individual student needs
  • Credit recovery
  • Coursework for alternative and at-risk students

Learn more about The Bridge School by visiting:
Website www.thebridgeschool.net
Facebook www.facebook.com/TheBridgeSchool

 

Contact

Terri Hartley
Marketing and PR Director
Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573
Email terri@marketingrefresh.com

Sport Clips Haircuts Added as Sponsor for 15-Year Old NASCAR Driver Austin Wayne Self

Male Hair Care Provider Expands their “Championship Experience”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 – (Austin, TX)

In a 1-year agreement, Sport Clips Haircuts becomes a key sponsor of the 07 Sellers Racing Chevrolet, in exchange for product endorsement and social media marketing support from Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We just feel so fortunate to continue to build the foundation of our program from within our home state of Texas. Sport Clips aspires to build a “Championship Experience” for their customers, and we believe that Austin, as a rising NASCAR champion who has built a very strong social media following, will bring tangible value to their brand,” says Tim Self, President of AM Racing.

Austin will compete in 27 NASCAR late model races in 2012 and will move to North Carolina in February to be closer to the team.

“Our momentum is really beginning to take hold as we get ready to start the 2012 season.  It really feels good to get support from a Texas company.  In a way, it helps make me feel like I’m still at home even though we’re moving out to North Carolina.  This puts me one step closer to realizing my dreams, and I will definitely work hard to deliver results for Sport Clips and for my fans,” says Austin Wayne Self.

“We have enjoyed our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and are always looking to build relationships with emerging champions who have the ability to reach the top of their sport.  We believe Austin has the talent and the support system to get to that level, and we also really appreciate the fact that he’s from Texas,” says Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan. “As his sponsor and hair care provider, Sport Clips looks forward to the 2012 season and to helping him keep that winning look both on and off the track.”

 

About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self, a 15-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self is also an international Karting champion, having competed since age 4, and is currently KartSport Team Arrow Racing teammates with Sprint Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:
Website www.awsracing.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

 

About Sport Clips Haircuts
Sport Clips Haircuts, with more than 850 locations nationwide, is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than three-quarters of a million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com.  For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.

You can also learn more about Sport Clips via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

 

Contact
Terri Hartley
Marketing and PR Director
Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573
Email terri@marketingrefresh.com

Big Red Adds Big Support to 15-Year Old NASCAR Driver Austin Wayne Self

Soft Drink Brand Becomes Primary Sponsor of the Big Red Chevrolet

January 31, 2012 – (Austin, TX)

In a 1-year sponsorship agreement, Big Red will be the primary sponsor of the 07 Sellers Chevrolet driven by Austin Wayne Self in 2012.

Big Red quote:
“Big Red is very excited to sponsor Austin Wayne Self,” said Gary Smith, CEO of Big Red, Inc. “His long list of achievements prove to be the perfect partnership in continuing Big Red’s legacy on the race track. We look forward to seeing many victories from Self.”

Self will drive 27 races for Sellers Racing in the Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2012.

“The dream just keeps getting better and better,” says Austin Wayne Self, driver of the new Big Red Chevrolet. First we get a deal with Sellers Racing to race a full season in the NASCAR Late Model series and now we get the opportunity to race for Big Red. It’s unbelievable. The pressure is now square on me to deliver results. With the help of God, who is clearly at work here, me and the Big Red Sellers Racing Chevrolet will deliver for our fans.  I can’t wait for 2012 Season to begin. I will definitely be working as hard as I can to show my fans and my team that their faith is well placed.”

“I think Gary has a clear perspective regarding the potential of this partnership,” says Tim Self President of AM Racing. The fact is both of these brands are Texas homegrown. But the real value here is the match between Austin’s growing fan base and Big Red’s teenage target market. Because of Austin’s age, social media is a part of his life like almost every other teenager in the world. That demographic are the biggest consumers of soft drinks and more than 80% of Austin’s social media fan base is between the ages of 13 and 17.  It’s easy to see the synergy of this relationship.  Austin hit the 30,000 Facebook fan mark in less than a year and we expect the number to continue to rise as he moves out to the heart of NASCAR. We believe that we can be very effective in activating the Big Red brand with these users.  The visual appeal of the Big Red Chevrolet, coupled with the hard-hitting nature of Austin’s driving, and his age could make this the most well known team in the NASCAR Late Model series by the end of the 2012 Season. With NASCAR’s top Late Model team, Sellers Racing, managing the program you have a very powerful combination.  It’s definitely a match made in Heaven from our perspective.”

 

About Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self, a 15-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self is also an international Karting champion, having competed since age 5. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:
Website www.awsracing.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

About Big Red
Big Red, Inc. is one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937. Along with Big Red, recognized as the No. 1 selling red soda, Big Red, Inc. also markets beverage brands NuGrape, Nesbitt’s, All Sport, Big Red Jak Energy, GPure Energy,  VIB, and SANS Soda. The company’s products are distributed widely throughout the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Pepsi Beverages Company, as well as other independent bottlers and wholesalers. Visit us at bigred.com, and join us at www.facebook.com/bigred and twitter.com/drinkbigred.

Contact
Terri Hartley
Marketing and PR Director
Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573
Email terri@marketingrefresh.com

K1 RaceGear Announces Partnership with 15-year-old NASCAR Driver Austin Wayne Self

K1 RaceGear is happy to announce their new partnership with 15-year-old NASCAR driver, Austin Wayne Self.  K1 will become the official safety equipment supplier for Austin’s NASCAR Late Model team.  The partnership will also include a special offer for Austin’s strong social media fan base.

“The end of the 2011 has been so exciting for us.  First, we sign with the best Late Model team in the country with Sellers Racing, and now we sign with K1.  We are also working hard to finalize with our other sponsors, so we will have all the pieces it takes to be successful as we move out to the heart of NASCAR in 2012,” says Self.

“The most important thing to our team – aside from winning races – is providing tangible results for our sponsors.  We look forward to creating several marketing promotions that will help drive value and product sales for K1 RaceGear.  As things develop, we will make announcements to Austin’s fans on his website, Facebook page and on Twitter,” says Tim Self, President of AM Racing.

Self had a successful 2011 season as he recorded his first NASCAR win on his 15th birthday and followed that with 3 more checkered flags, including a double win on May 23rd in both the Pro Modified and Late Model Divisions.

Self also dominated much of the karting season; that is when he was able to take a break from his hectic NASCAR schedule.  Self, racing for KartSport Arrow, started the season by winning the 2010 Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart championship and set a new track record at New Castle Motorsports Park during the WKA Man Cup season.  Self also dominated the field during the Las Vegas SuperNationals by being the only driver ever to sweep all three qualifying races and came within 6 laps of taking the championship when his exhaust pipe broke off for no apparent reason.

K1 RaceGear marketing manager Brad Harvey stated “We are pleased to bring on this new level of partnership on board for 2012. Austin’s large following will help bring an all new awareness to the brand and we look forward to the new market growth we receive from our new partnership. Austin’s ability behind the wheel is something to watch, we are excited to see him be successful with our gear this coming race season.“

Keep an eye out for special promotions for K1 RaceGear equipment through Austin’s social network sites and personal website!

 

Learn more about K1 RaceGear by visiting:

Website www.k1racegear.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/K1RaceGear

Twitter www.twitter.com/K1RaceGear

 

Learn more about Austin Wayne Self by visiting:

Website www.awsracing.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

Twitter www.twitter.com/AustinWSelf