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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Friendly Competition and Family Crowds in Store for Self’s Run at Salem Speedway in the ARCA Federated Auto Parts 200

Nashville_98 Car_ShortTrackSpotlightAustin Wayne Self heads to Salem Speedway for the Federated Auto Parts 200 this weekend with one goal in mind – winning. Self and the 98 AM Technical Solutions crew finished third behind Grant Enfinger and Matt Tifft in Nashville but this weekend they plan to make up those two spots. Self is a for sure threat at Salem Speedway, earning two top 5 finishes there in the 2014 season as well as Rookie of the Race awards for being the top performing rookie during the race. The driver is a fan of short tracks and he also draws a large crowd out to the Indiana short track. Self and his team drove out to Salem over the weekend to test the car and all were pleased with the driver and car performance. A little tweaking back at the shop throughout this week leading up to the race and the crew is sure to have a machine capable of a Victory Lane finish.

Self, who currently sits third in Championship Points, explained during the test that the team’s main focus was to get the car set up for the bumpy ride. They would try to get the 98 AM Technical Solutions car running as smoothly as possible over the track with it’s unique bumps and dips. The young driver also said that they would prepare for long, green runs due to their experience at the second Salem race of 2014, where teams went over 100 laps without a caution, “You never know what type of strategy you’re gong to need here. After the last run in 2014 I think the key is to make sure the car will be good during some really long runs. Matt Weber did an awesome job in Nashville with our pit strategy though so I’m confident we’ll have a solid one in Salem as well.”

Driver Intros_Nashville_ShortTrackSpotlight“Salem is one of my favorite tracks that we go to during the ARCA season. It has a different feel than any other place because of its history, the way it drives and of course, the fans that come out to support us. I don’t think they leave an empty seat in the house. A lot of my family from Indiana and Ohio comes out for this race too so that helps a lot!” – AWS

Self has strong ties to Southern Indiana and other surrounding areas. He spends a great deal of time on his Grandpa’s farm in French Lick, Indiana in-between races over the summer and visits family in surrounding areas such as Dubois, Paoli, Mooresville and Indianapolis. “Most of my family on my dad’s side lives somewhere in Southern Indiana or close to it. That makes our races in Indiana some of the biggest ones as far as AWS fan attendance goes. It always pushes me harder I think because I want to make them proud. Getting the Self family celebrating in Victory Lane for my first win this weekend would really mean a lot to me,” explained Self.

Nashville_2Wide_ShortTrackSpotlightThe team will be racing the new 2015 ARCA composite body Ford Fusion at Salem Speedway. This will be the second short track appearance for the new 98 car and hopefully the first Victory Lane appearance. When asked about how he felt about veteran driver, Grant Enfinger taking the first three races of the season, Self responded, “I like Grant a lot. I’ve talked with him a few times in the garage and before our races. He’s a really great guy, very talented and he knows everything there is to know about the cars but… I gotta beat him. When I congratulated him in Nashville I told him that I would be coming for him at Salem. I was joking around but I was also kind of serious. He’s the guy to beat right now and I’m going for it. Nothing wrong with some friendly competition.”

This weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 200 will be broadcast live on the ARCA Racing homepage. Timing and scoring presented by Austin’s sponsor Pirate Energy will be available throughout practice, qualifying and during the race. You can keep up with Austin and his crew through Facebook and Twitter as well for behind the scenes pictures and videos.

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Self Inches Closer to Points Leader With Third Place Finish at Troop Aid 200

Nashville QualifyingAustin Wayne Self and the 98 team celebrated a third place finish at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Saturday, April 11th. Self started the Troop Aid 200 in the 13th position and put on quite the show during the 200-lap race as he and the AM Technical Solutions Ford made their way through the field. The team’s car set up and Crew Chief, Matt Weber’s pit strategies put the team in top contention. Ten more laps and they may have had their first win of the season. Self really enjoyed the Fairgrounds racetrack. He said it was an honor for him to participate in the first ARCA race at the track in over 20 years and he can’t wait to return. The 98 team got off to a rocky start but their hard work and determination earned them a well-deserved podium finish.

After the first practice session Self said they struggled with the rear end being loose. The crew made several adjustments during the two practice rounds including a blind adjustment at the conclusion of practice. “We won’t know how that last change will affect the car until we get out on the track for qualifying,” explained Self. The track temperature was about 114 degrees during practice. The 98 crew believed that the track would cool down to well under 100 degrees when the green flag dropped. The team set the car up a little on the loose side thinking that that would put them closer to where they needed to be on the cooler track.

Self started in P13 and made his way up to the ninth spot during the first twenty laps of the Troop Aid 200. With only six tires to use throughout the race, pit strategies were crucial. The first caution came out on lap 42, prompting the first pitting opportunity under caution. The majority of the field stayed out but Self brought the AM Technical Solutions Ford to pit road and took two right side tires. He lost one spot coming to pit road and restarted in the eleventh spot. The two new tires gave Self the momentum he needed to start making his way back up through the field. He quickly made 4 passes in the first few laps following the restart. He made a fast pass on the outside to take over P10, two inside passes for P9 and P8 and then another outside pass putting him in the seventh position. Self continued to fly and made his way up to P4 in the next five laps. The young driver raced nice and clean; didn’t touch anything but the gas pedal.

Podium_NashvilleAnother caution on lap 70 brought the leaders to pit road while Self stayed out scoring him as the leader on the restart. Self and the second place driver got the jump on the field at the green flag but then Self began to fall back. He lost a few more spots as drivers with fresher tires gained momentum ending him up in P5. The final caution of the race came out on lap 155. All cars came to pit road. Self and 98, AM Technical Solutions Ford took four tires and no fuel for the last 30 laps of the Troop Aid 200. Self quickly made his first pass at the restart. With less than 30 to go he and the driver of the 6 car raced side-by-side for he third spot. After picking up the third position Self tried to run down the leaders. He came within inches of the second spot and with one more lap would have had it. It made for an exciting finish with loud yelling and cheers coming from the packed stands. The team was all smiles and celebrated the finish on the track and in victory lane with the race winner. From position thirteen to three, the young driver displayed his talent and love for coming from the back of the field. It was a heck of a race and the fans couldn’t have been happier about ARCA’s first race back at the Fairgrounds Speedway.

“Taking the two tires earlier in the race under the first caution really helped us gain momentum. We started out pretty loose but we got the car where it needed to be and never gave up. We just kept pushing to put ourselves in a better position. The set up and the pit strategies that Matt (Weber) came up with really paid off and I know we were all excited about a top 3 finish after starting 13th. I really like this track and I had a lot of fun driving it tonight. We sure went flying after those pit stops!” – Austin Wayne Self

Self will be scored third in the unofficial point standings. Official standings will be released Monday, April 13th. This was the second short track race of the Short Track Challenge in which Self was scored fourth prior to the Troop Aid 200. He is expected to move into the third or second position with points gained from the race in Nashville. From here the 98 crew will head to Salem Speedway for the Federated Auto Parts 200. This will be another race towards the dual championship, as the points will count towards the Championship and the Short Track Challenge. Salem always draws a crowd for Austin Wayne Self with large groups of family and friends traveling from nearby towns to watch their favorite driver compete. He finished in the third position at his last visit to Salem. This time he’ll be looking for his first win.

 

 

Self and Team Reflect on Daytona Race, Plan Improvements for Talladega

Austin Wayne Self competed in this past weekend’s ARCA Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the speedway’s Speedweeks program. Self arrived at track for the first time in the 98 AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy Ford. With experience and honors under their belts, such as 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year and 2014 ARCA Championship, Self and the MMM team were confident in an impressive Daytona performance ahead.

AW_MM GarageWhile they were in fact confident, the 98 team experienced some difficulty in getting the car up to speed during the first practice rounds on Thursday. Self came away with a slower overall average time than what the team had been looking for. Because the team spent a lot of time in the garage, Self didn’t get hooked up with the larger groups during practice which affected his drafting strategy and lap times. The obstacles continued during Friday’s practice when the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford spent some more time in the garage during open practice hours while the crew fixed a radiator issue. Self found himself in a slower qualifying group which would make qualifying with a top time a challenge. Self finished at the top of his qualifying group but the top time in that group only earned him a 27th starting position for the race.

“It would have been really easy to get discouraged after qualifying in the further half of the pack for our first race and I might have been a little more worried had this been one of the shorter tracks. But, at Super Speedways anything can happen. You see guys go from dead last to the top 10 in only a few laps. Daytona is all about air and finding the line with advantage so we were still confident in our ability to get to where we needed to be come race time.” – Austin Wayne Self

Daytona_3WideSelf definitely put on an exciting show making his way through the field throughout the race. Towards the second half of the race Self found himself in some bumpy situations and at one point, going four wide through a turn,

“We were already going three wide and we came up on a lap car that was at the bottom of the track going into the turn. All I could think was, ‘Ohhh man this ain’t good’ and the 69 car came up into me a little bit to make room to get around the lap car and I moved up into Tom then back down into the 69. I was like a pin ball being bumped back and forth!” – AWS

Self was finally able to get drafting help with about 12 laps remaining, following teammate Mason Mitchell up towards the front. With cars lined up behind him Self was able to get the push he needed, “Daytona is an air battle. You have to get positioned between other cars to get the air flow going just right to give yourself the push you need. Usually there are two lines and either line can get the advantage so whenever you choose a line to jump into you’re kind of gambling on which one you think will start to move more. Then if you get pushed out of the line or stuck in the middle you find yourself losing positions fast. That happened to a few guys at the end of the race including me. I was up to P6 and all of a sudden a new line formed and there wasn’t an opening for me so I just started floating backwards. Not much I could do.” –AWS

Daytona_4CarPackLeaderSelf’s Crew Chief, Ryan “Pickle” London has this to say about the team’s performance at Daytona, “I was very happy with the performance of the car. The guys worked extremely hard on getting a brand new car together for Daytona and it was fast. Daytona is all about drafting partners and when we got into the right group, we were one of the fast ones. Coming out of Daytona with a 15th finish was good. It was Austin’s first race there with a brand new car and motor package so I am pleased. Talladega will be even better I’m sure. You have to learn to plate-race and this was only Austin’s second plate-race so we will improve for sure.”

Though he experienced some bad luck towards the end of the race Self was still able to finish the race in one piece and with a top 20 finish. Not to mention he put on one exciting show going three and four wide through the turns during several laps. A fifteenth place finish is a position to be proud of for a first time run at the challenging Daytona Speedway but, this driver knows that he can do better. Fifteenth is not where the team or driver wants their 98 car to be and they are coming to Mobile hungry for a “W”.

The Daytona, Lucas Oil 200 will re-air TONIGHT at 9:00PM Eastern on Fox Sports 2. Don’t miss the exciting beginning to the 2015 ARCA season!

 

Other re-airing dates for the Daytona, Lucas Oil 200 presented by Menard’s will be: Wednesday, February 18th at 10:00am eastern on Fox Sports 2 and Thursday, February 19th at 10:00am eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Self Heads to Daytona for First Race of the 2015 ARCA Season

Austin Wayne Self will compete in his first ARCA Racing Series race of the 2015 season this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Coincidentally, the first race of the IMG_8096ARCA-Daytona Test 12-19-20-14season will also be Self’s first race on the Daytona track. While Self has practiced on the speedway in the past, he was unable to compete in last year’s race because he did not meet the ARCA age limit required to compete on speedways and race tracks that are over one mile long. Another accomplishment Self will be able to check off his list once the race is completed will be his first race with his new race team, Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Not only will the Lucas Oil 200 presented by Menard’s mark many firsts for Self, but it will also mark his final “Rookie” race. The 2014 SCOTT Rookie of the Year will be considered a rookie for one last time since he has yet to compete at Daytona. Self will look to win one more SCOTT Rookie Challenge as well as gain his first ARCA Series win to put him in the lead for the season championship points early.

“I’m really excited for this weekend’s race at Daytona. We’ve worked really hard during the off-season to get to this point. I think everyone will be looking at the MMM team to see what we’ve got. When you have the 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year and 2014 ARCA Champion racing and working together as a team, you’re definitely a threat in the competition. We ran really well during the Daytona practice session in December and January. It’s time to take what we learned during those sessions and apply them during the race. It will be my first time racing Daytona so a few nerves here and there but, I’m excited to get back in the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford and work with my teammate to the finish.” – Austin Wayne Self

Fans can expect to see a lot of Austin around the track as he will participate in several public IMG_8610 ARCA Daytona Test 1-16-15appearances and special events during the Lucas Oil 200 and NASCAR Speedweeks weekend. Self plans to exchange Valentine’s Day cards with his young fans during the Open ARCA garage hours and autograph sessions, as well as special edition Hero Cards during an appearance at the Ford Racing display. Fans that are unable to attend the race this Saturday in Daytona will gain an all-access pass through Self’s Facebook and Twitter page. Behind the scenes pictures and videos will be shared regularly through both platforms throughout the race weekend.

The all-access pass continues through Live timing and scoring presented by Self’s sponsor, Pirate Energy on the ARCA Racing Series’ website homepage. Keep up with practice and qualifying times and of course, with live race updates. Fans that want an up close look of the Daytona race can tune in to FOX Sports 1 at 4:00PM est to watch the race LIVE. Self will be one of a handful of drivers sporting an in-car camera and roof-cam. This will be a race that fans won’t want to miss!

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