Austin Wayne Self Turns Second Chance into NCWTS Career Best Finish

April 3, 2016 (Austin, Texas) – In his first career start at Martinsville Speedway, Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota Tundra, turned weekend adversity into a career best 15th place finish in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

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Despite chasing speed and failing to qualify his familiar No.22 Toyota Tundra, Self was given reprieve after stepping in for fellow series competitor, Tommy Joe Martin, who damaged his No.44 truck during group qualifying and was unable to start the race.  Martin, without a backup truck was credited with a qualifying lap good enough for 24th on the starting grid.  At this point Self and his AM Technical Solutions team worked out a deal to re-enter the starting field under the Martin Motorsports No.44 team banner.

“I’m glad that we got to race today in the Alpha Energy 250. Thank you to Thomas Joe Martin and Martin Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to race.  It was a lot of fun out there. Not a bad day for my first time at Martinsville Speedway. I am proud of my entire team for all of their hard work and not giving up all day,” said Self.

Self, who made the most of his opportunity, was credited with a 24th spot starting position but had to take the green flag from the rear of the field (32nd) due to NASCAR’s driver/car change rule.

At the onset, Self was forced to battle an ill-handling truck as he navigated around the demanding half-mile track. Going down as many as 2-laps to the leaders, Self-stayed poised while his crew made changes throughout the 250-lap overtime event.  Battling, the 20-year old rookie driver inched his way up through the field. martinsville1111

After running mid-pack most of the afternoon, Self was able to break inside the top-20 during the late stages of the race.  After several late race cautions the No.44 AM Technical Solutions Toyota took advantage of strong re-starts ultimately finishing in the 15th place position.

After three NCWTS season events Self currently occupies the fifteenth position in the overall driver point standings.  The series schedule resumes at Kansas Speedway (May 6) for the running of the Toyota Tundra 250.

AWS Pre-Race Report: Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky_Practice(Mooresville, N.C.  September 2, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM ) is ready to bounce back in the “Blue Grass” state after a stretch of recent bad luck.

The ARCA Racing Series will make it its 23rd trip to the 1.5 mile track located in Sparta, Kentucky for the Crosley Brands 150 Friday evening.

“I am ready to get back racing after this stretch of tough luck,” Self stated.

Last weekend, Self was running among the top-five when he encountered a clutch problem and was relegated to a 16th place finish at the Salem Speedway.

By finishing 16th at Salem last weekend Self secured third overall in the first ever Calypso Short Track Challenge for the ARCA Racing Series.

AutographSession_ShortTrackSpotlight“We’ve had fast cars all season long, unfortunately we’ve had some bad luck here the last couple of races. I can’t thank everyone at MMM, AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy for their continued support.”

“Kentucky is a fun track for drivers to race on. You really have to have a good handling racecar especially going over the bumps in turns one and two.”

“We have two solid track to finish the year at Kentucky and the Kansas Speedway, I believe that we have a great chance to get back to victory lane before the end of the 2015 season.”

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 614 out of the MMM stable. Self last raced the chassis at the Iowa Speedway in July, he raced the car to a sixth place finish. The chassis has two starts earning two top-ten finishes.

Kentucky_Practice2The ARCA Racing Series will return to the Kentucky Speedway Friday evening September 25th for the Crosley Brands 150. Fans will be able to watch the race live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00p.m. EST. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring on Arcaracing.com for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy

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ACE Asphalt Joins the AWS Racing Team For Remainder of ARCA Season

Texas Company, ACE Asphalt, Becomes a Figurative Rally Cap as They Join the AWS Racing Team for the Remainder of the ARCA Racing Season in Pursuit of the Championship

ACE Asphalt_Victory Lane_9_12_15Austin, Texas — Texas companies continue to rally behind young race car driver, Austin Wayne Self. ACE Asphalt, one of the largest road and parking lot construction companies in the country, joined the AWS Racing team for the remainder of the ARCA and Central Texas Speedway race season. Throughout the season, Self and his team made it their goal to help serve Texas businesses by spreading the word about Texas companies during the race season. Since the beginning of the season, Self has acquired over ten Texas-based sponsors that he represents on the track.

ACE Asphalt saw a great potential in joining the AWS Racing team. The young driver is currently third in the running for the ARCA Championship and second for the ARCA Short Track Challenge Championship. With one of his best performing short tracks coming up, the decision was a no brainer,

“ACE Asphalt is proud to partner with Texas Driver, Austin Wayne Self, in pursuit of the ARCA race series Championship. Like Austin, we share a passion for asphalt. So it only makes sense to support a great representative of the racing industry and the great state of Texas.” – Travis Berry, Director of Sales

Travis Berry got it right when he spoke about the pair’s passion for asphalt. When you think about all of the traveling this kid does, tests, practices and races, he probably spends the majority of his time during the season rollin’ and racin’ on asphalt.

ACE Asphalt_LeadingThe company got their first taste of a successful partnership with the AWS Racing team this past weekend at Central Texas Speedway (CTS). Self made the journey back to Texas during his weekend off in the ARCA Series to hop into a late model at his home track, CTS. This was the first race that the AWS crew would be featuring new partner, ACE Asphalt on the hood of their race machine. Self started the late model race in the 4th spot and took his team all the way to Victory Lane!

Victory Lane_CTS_9_12_15“It’s always exciting to gain a new partnership in this sport. It’s even more exciting when we can take those partners to Victory Lane, especially during their first time being featured on the race car! I hope this got ACE Asphalt stoked for the next round. I’d like to keep the momentum going into Salem this weekend and grab two Victories in two different series, two weeks in a row.” – Austin Wayne Self

Self heads to Salem Speedway this weekend for the final short track race of the ARCA season. Self has performed well here in the past and will look to take the ARCA Short Track Challenge Championship by the end of the night at Salem. Follow Austin on facebook, twitter and Instagram for behind the scenes pictures, videos and a chance to win prizes. Visit his website for current news, media galleries, and race results.

 

Austin Wayne Self Heads to Southern Illinois for His Second Dirt Race of the Season

RichCorbett_Illinois_AWS 3(Mooresville, N.C.  September 2, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) gears up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be the only national touring series racing on Labor Day Monday, September 7th. Last month Self raced inside the top-five all afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds until a last lap incident resulted in the 19-year-old finishing in the 10th position.

“The dirt races are quite unpredictable,” Self stated. “You never know what kind of race were going to see. I knew Springfield was going to get wild with a last lap restart and unfortunately we got caught up in an incident in the final corner.”

Rich Corbett Photography“You always see a lot of green flag racing on the dirt tracks so it’s important to have a great long run car and not abuse your equipment early.”

“We’ve had great runs over the last five races, unfortunately we have had rotten luck. I really want to get AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and all of the guys at MMM another win before the season is over.”

 

This Monday’s race marks the 10th of 11 races for the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge for the 2015 season. AWS sits second in points, trailing leader Kyle Weatherman by 50 markers. Self’s worst finish on the short tracks in 2015 is a 10th place finish.

With four races remaining the championship battle is heating up. 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year AWS sits third in points 180 behind leader Grant Enfinger. Self gained 45 points with his tenth place finish at Springfield last month.

Illinois_AWSRacing 3Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 593 out of the MMM stable. AWS last raced 593 at the Pocono Raceway last month to a seventh place finish. Chassis 593 has six prior starts with one win, four top-5 finishes and five top-10’s.

AWS on Dirt: AWS has three prior starts on dirt in the ARCA Racing Series all equaling top-10 finishes.

The ARCA Racing Series gears up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 7th. The race will be live on the ARCA Radio Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy

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Austin Wayne Self Post Race Report: SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

AWSRacing_Springfield(Mooresville, NC, August 24, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) positioned himself for a solid top-five finish in the ChevySuperStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.

Self was battling for a top-five finish on the final lap when mayhem ensued in the final corner. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year was caught up in a last lap incident relegating him to 10th in the final running order.

“I knew it was going to get crazy during that restart with two laps to go,” Self stated. “Anything goes on the final lap and everyone was battling hard in turn four and a couple of guys made contact and unfortunately we got caught up in the wreck. Our car was really good on the long runs, I wished we had a long green flag run to finish the race.”

“It’s unfortunate, we positioned ourselves inside the top-five all day long and to have it slip away in the final corner is very disappointing. These guys at MMM work around the clock to prepare good racecars.”

“We still have four more races to get back to victory lane in 2015. I think we’re going to be pretty strong down the stretch.”

Rain was the name of the theme Sunday morning at the 1.0 mile dirt track shortening ARCA practice by 25 minutes and canceling Menards pole qualifying. That meant the field would lineup based off of 2015 owners points placing Self fifth on the grid for the 100 lap event.

When the green flag waved on the 16th race of the 2015 season the caution quickly waved as the field was slowed by two early cautions in the first 12 laps.

Springfield_2On the ensuing restart at lap 14 Self would get trapped on the outside line and lose three spots pushing him back to the seventh position. The Austin, Texas native would exert patience and worked his way around the 69 and 16 to move back into the top five before the caution waved for the third time at lap 31.

Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road for four Hoosier racing tires and fuel. The No. 98 team sent AWS back to the track in the sixth spot.

Self spent the second half of the race saving his equipment positioning himself for a sprint to the finish. Self began catching Frank Kimmel and Josh Williams for the runner-up spot at lap 75. Self was able to move around Kimmel before smoke erupted from the back of the No. 25 car which would bring out the caution.

A series of late race cautions set up a two lap sprint to the checkered flag. Self was battling for a top-five finish in turn four on the final lap when drivers made contact and the second year driver got caught up in the incident. Self’s No. 98 would sustain right front damage and would cross the finish line in the 10th spot.

With his 12th top-10 finish of the 2015 season Self was able to gain valuable championship points on leader Grant Enfinger who finished 21st and now trails Enfinger by 180 points with four races remaining in the 2015 season.

The ARCA Racing Series will enjoy a weekend off before gearing up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at the “Magic Mile” the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 7th. The race will be live on the ARCA Radio Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway Event Preview

gvn(Mooresville, N.C.  August 4th, 2015-) No one has to be happier to return to a short track on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule more than Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The series will make it’s 28th trip to the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th for the Federated Auto Parts 200.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of the year has turned heads at the Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan. In two starts the Austin, Texas native’s earned two top-five finishes and finished runner-up in the 2014 race.

Self has enjoyed success in 2015 on the short tracks earning one win, four top-five’s and seven top-ten finishes. Self’s consistency has him second in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challengesdrh point standings trailing leader Kyle Weatherman by only 10 points.

“I couldn’t be happier to head back to the Berlin Raceway this weekend,” Self expressed. “I’ve been pretty fortunate to enjoy success at Berlin.”

“We tested here a few weeks ago and had a solid test. This race always has a lot of green flag runs so it’s important to have a good long run car.”

“We’re bringing the same car we won with at Winchester, chassis No. 588, this car has been very consistent every time we bring it to the track and I expect no different on Saturday.”

With six races remaining in the 2015 ARCA season Self finds himself in the thick of the championship battle sitting tied for second in points with Tom Hessert. Self trails leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points heading in the 15th race of the 2015 season.

Chassis: Self will pilot chassis No. 588 out of the MMM stable. Chassis 588 has been the workhorse short track car for MMM in 2015 making four starts. Self went to victory lane in June at the Winchester driving car 588. Chassis 588 has 11 prior starts earning five top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes.

AWS at Berlin: Self has two prior starts at the Berlin Raceway. His first start came in 2013 when he finished fourth. Last year AWS improved his finishing position to the runner-up spot. Self has an average finish of 3.0 in two starts at the 4/10 mile track.

The Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway will be live on the ARCA Radio Network Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50.m. EST Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Austin Wayne Self Earns 10th Top-10 Finish of 2015, Moves Into Second Place in Championship Points Race

Pocono (Mooresville, NC, August 3, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports earned his 10th top-10 of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season at the Pocono Raceway, Saturday afternoon. Self finished a career best seventh in four starts at the Pocono Raceway.

“Seventh isn’t the finish we wanted to leave Pocono with,” Self said after the 50 lap event. “We had a great strategy pitting under the first caution. Unfortunately the caution came out with 20 laps remaining and that changed our hand.”

“We were able to avoid the big accident on lap one and come away with a top-10 finish.”

“Big picture wise it was a great day, we moved into second in points. I’m looking forward to heading back to another short track next weekend at Berlin.”

Friday afternoon in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell Self timed in ninth quickest for the 50 lap event on Saturday.

When the green flag waved at Pocono mayhem quickly followed on the first lap. Several of the front running cars were involved in an accident in turn two. Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 through the carnage unscathed.

Pocono_1Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road under the caution for fuel only. Self would restart in the 18th position. Two laps after the lap nine restart Self worked his way back into the top-10 in the eighth position.

Self continued to work his way through the field and moved back into the top-five at lap 18. Self would race his way into the third position until the second and final caution of the afternoon waved at lap 27 for debris.

Self would bring his No. 98 car down pit-road one final time for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self would pass two cars during the final three laps to secure a seventh place finish and his 10th top-10 finish of the 2015 ARCA season.

With the finish Self moved into a tie for second place in ARCA championship points with Tommy Hessert. Self now trails point leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points with six races remaining in the 2015 schedule.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50 p.m. ET. The ARCA Radio Network will have a live audio call of the race at arcaracing.com. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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ModSpace125 Event Preview

(Mooresville, N.C. July 28, 2015-) With a ninth place finish last weekend at the Lucas Oil Raceway, Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 earned his ninth top-10 finish of the 2015 season and tied his longest streak of consecutive top-10’s of the 2015 season (3). Now AWS and Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) turn their attention to the 2.5 mile, three-turn Pocono Raceway located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visited the “Tricky Triangle” six weeks ago. The track has remained the same, the distance has not. The June race was a 200 mile, 80 lap ra11143177_10154060739643222_2099727879382263224_nce. This weekend’s race is a 125 mile, 50 lap sprint which will change the strategy for the teams.
Self was battling for a top-5 finish in June before a broken control arm sent the 19-year-old into the wall with three laps remaining, relegating him to a 15th place finish.

“The August race is very different than the June race,” Self added. “The June race you can pace yourself and take your time. The August race is a full on sprint and you have to race 100% every lap.”
“This race always seems to come down to fuel-mileage and strategy at the end of the race. The team who has no problems and plays the strategy right seems to end up in victory lane here.”

“MMM’s enjoyed success at Pocono, I know we will have a great car and a chance for the victory come Saturday.”
With seven races remaining in 2015, AWS still remains in the championship fight sitting third in ARCA drivers’ championship trailing leader Grant Enfinger by 160 points.
Chassis: Self will be back behind the wheel of chassis No. 593. AWS raced chassis No. 593 last month at the Chicagoland Speedway to a 12th place finish. Chassis 593 has five prior starts with one win, four top-5 finishes and six top-10’s.

AWS at Pocono: Self has three prior starts at the Pocono Raceway, earning one top-10 finish last August when he finished 8th. The second year driver has an average finish of 15.7 at the “Tricky Triangle.”
The ModSpace 125 at the Pocono Raceway will be live on Fox Sports 2 beginning Saturday, August 2nd beginning at 3:15p.m. EST Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.
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Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions ModSpace125 Event Preview

aws(Mooresville, N.C.  July 28, 2015-) With a ninth place finish last weekend at the Lucas Oil Raceway, Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 earned his ninth top-10 finish of the 2015 season and tied his longest streak of consecutive top-10’s of the 2015 season (3). Now AWS and Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) turn their attention to the 2.5 mile, three-turn Pocono Raceway located in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visited the “Tricky Triangle” six weeks ago. The track has remained the same, the distance has not. The June race was a 200 mile, 80 lap race. This weekend’s race is a 125 mile, 50 lap sprint which will change the strategy for the teams.

“The August race is very different than the June race,” Self added. “The June race you can pace yourself and take your time. The August race is a full on sprint and you have to race 100% every lap.”

“This race always seems to come down to fuel-mileage and strategy at the end of the race. The team who has no problems and plays the strategy right seems to end up in victory lane here.”

“MMM’s enjoyed success at Pocono, I know we will have a great car and a chance for the victory come Saturday.”

With seven races remaining in 2015, AWS still remains in the championship fight sitting third in ARCA drivers’ championship trailing leader Grant Enfinger by 160 points.

Chassis: Self will be back behind the wheel of chassis No. 593. AWS raced chassis No. 593 last month at the Chicagoland Speedway to a 12th place finish. Chassis 593 has five prior starts with oneaws2 win, four top-5 finishes and six top-10’s.

AWS at Pocono: Self has three prior starts at the Pocono Raceway, earning one top-10 finish last August when he finished 8th. The second year driver has an average finish of 15.7 at the “Tricky Triangle.”

The ModSpace 125 at the Pocono Raceway will be live on Fox Sports 2 beginning Saturday, August 2nd beginning at 3:15p.m. EST Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Austin Wayne Self Rally’s Late for Top-10 Finish at Lucas Oil Raceway

(Mooresville, NC, July 27, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self, driver of AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports used a late race surge Friday evening to earn his ninth top-10 of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of The year was able to pass Chase Briscoe on the final lap to secure the ninth position at the checkered flag.

new2“I think we all were a little surprised the final 77 laps went without a caution,” Self stated after the race. “We took two on our pit-stop and expected a caution with 50 to go. Unfortunately, the caution never came. The whole MMM crew did a great job all day adjusting the car and never gave up until the end.”

“I am looking forward to heading back to Pocono on Saturday. We had a great race going in June until a late race incident out us in 15th.”

Early Friday in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell, Self qualified the No. 98 in the 17th position for the 13th race of the 2015 season.

When the green flag waved Self quickly began moving his way through the field. In only four laps Self moved up four positions into 12th.

AWS continued to race in 12th until lap 60 when leader William Byron put the second year driver one lap down. The evening’s first caution would come out one lap later. Unfortunately the leader put another car one lap down before the caution came out, trapping Self one lap down.

Shortly after halfway Self slotted himself in the free pass position when the caution waved for the 42 of Bo LeMastus. Self would receive the free pass and would be back onnew the lead lap.

The races final 76 laps would go caution free. Self would pass two cars during the evenings longest run to secure his ninth top-10 of the 2015 season by finishing in the ninth position.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the ModSpace 125 at the Pocono Raceway Saturday, August 2nd. The race will be live on Fox Sports 2 beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity courtesy of arcaracing.com