Austin Wayne Self Travels to America’s Heartland Riding Momentum

May 3, 2016 (Austin, Texas) – Coming off his career best finish at Martinsville (15th) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Austin Wayne Self has renewed confidence heading into Friday’s NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

“After my last run I’m really looking forward to strapping back into the seat at Kansas,” said Self.  “Our AM Technical Solutions team continues to make big strides on and off the tra12794741_967824813267498_8255410450086602087_ock.  I’m focused on doing my part and keeping up the momentum this weekend.”

Riding momentum, the 20-year old driver looks to continue his steady improvement behind the wheel of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota.  Self, driving for the newly formed AM Technical Solutions Toyota team has scored three top-20 finishes thus far during his NCWTS rookie campaign – placing him third in the highly competitive ’16 Rookie of the Year contest.

“Austin and team are coming off of their best finish of his Truck Series career at Martinsville, so we are really looking forward to cheering them on in Kansas. They’ve been able to learn so many valuable lessons, and apply what they’ve learned to consistently improve race after race. We expect their commitment to teamwork and communication to continue, and we hope to see the team get their first Top 10!” says Dan Codi, CEO of AM Technical Solutions.

Self, currently occupying the 15th spot in the NCWTS driver championship point standings, has bettered his finishing spot each week since the series opener at Daytona in mid-February – Finishing 19th, 16th and 15th, the Texas native maintains a respectable 16.7 average race finish.

Looking ahead to a busy month of racing Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team had a successful test last week at the Monster Mile in preparation for the May 13th event at Dover International Speedway.

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Kansas Speedway will begin with three practice sessions on Thursday, May 5.  Follow NASCAR.com for results.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The Toyota Tundra 200 (167 laps, 250.5 miles) begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, May 6

Catch all the action from Kansas Speedway on FOX SPORTS 1!

4:30 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1)

8:00 PM EST – NCWTS “Series Set-Up” (FS1)

8:30 PM EST – Start of the Toyota Tundra 20 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

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.

AUSTIN WAYNE SELF AND AM RACING CONTINUE INITIATION IN NCWTS

AUSTIN, Texas (February 29, 2016)–Austin Wayne Self and his AM Racing team continued their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series initiation at Atlanta on Friday evening, as the rookie driver battled to a 16th place finish in the Great Clips 200.

AWSSelf, who was making just his second NCWTS start, qualified 20th for the race in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra and was running 14th prior to the final restart. He finished on the lead lap at a track many veteran drivers consider perhaps the series’ toughest. Self was coming off a season-opening performance at Daytona last week in which he ran as high as 6th and on the fringe of the top-10 for much of the race, giving early indication that the team from Texas has the goods to be a NCWTS contender.
“Atlanta was a great learning experience for me, in terms of figuring out how the air impacts these trucks and the way the trucks handle in race conditions,” Self said. “I certainly could have been more aggressive, but my mission was to learn, stay out of trouble and try to finish the race on the lead lap, and we were able to do that.”

Self is in 17th place in the NCWTS driver standings following the first two races of the season. AM Racing is also 17th in Owner Points. As a new team this season, AM Racing has no guaranteed starting position and must qualify for each race.

AM Racing owner Tim Self says so far, so good this season where the team’s competitive plan is concerned. “Our goal as a team in these first few races is to race clean, make no mistakes and try to earn the respect of NASCAR and our competitors in the NCWTS,” Tim Self said. “As a new team without the benefit of previous points, we’re not guaranteed a starting spot. So for us at this point, making the race, finishing the race and bringing our trucks back in one piece is a win. We’re building a solid foundation that will enable continuous improvement and better performance as the season progresses.”

Crew Chief Marc Browning believes there’s no reason the first-year team can’t be a contender in the first-ever NCWTS Chase for the Championship.

“We intend to put ourselves in position to make the Chase, and now
consistency and calculated caution are key to making it happen,” Browning said. “We expect to continue to get better each week. Our guys have great attitudes and are working hard, and they’re all-in with their commitment. As a Texas team, we’re getting great support from our fans and partners there, and we’re thankful to our partners Black’s Barbecue, Texas Tea, Beanitos and Rick’s Salsa for keeping us well-fed during the long days and nights at the race track and shop.”

Next up on the NCWTS schedule for Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing team is the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville on Saturday, April 2. Televised coverage of the race begins at 2pm EST on Fox Sports 1. Live coverage of the race may also be heard on MRN Radio.

Prior to that, however, Self and his AM Racing teammates will return to the Lone Star State for some late-model racing at the season-opener at Central Texas Speedway, Self’s home track. 

SELF SWEPT UP IN BIG WRECK, DASHING HOPES FOR VICTORY AT DAYTONA

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 20, 2016)– At Daytona International Speedway, the line between putting oneself in strong position to challenge for possible race victory and being swept up in a mess not of one’s making is razor-thin, as rookie Austin Wayne Self discovered en route to a 19th place finish in the NCWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday.

Self, a rookie who qualified 19th for the season-opening race in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra, displayed patience and poise in a steady progression toward the front of the pack, charging into the top-10 by the race’s halfway mark and to a 6th-place spot with just over thirty laps to go.

aws2Self maintained strong competitive position as the laps wound down and the pack tightened, running on the fringe of the top-10 with ten laps remaining. Then, the big-wreck bite for which Daytona is known reared its head, gobbling up sixteen trucks in twisted collision carnage, including Self’s, which sustained major left side damage. The pileup pulled Self from the lead pack and ended any shot at possible victory.

“We had a great run going all night with our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions /Black’s BBQ Toyota, and I’m so proud of our team for all of their hard work,” Self said. “We were running up there just outside the top-5 for a while, running with the leaders, but we just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when the wreck occurred. It was one of those things that was out of our control. It’s unfortunate, because our guys had worked so hard and given me a really strong truck to drive. I’m proud of their effort in getting the truck fixed so that I was able to get back out there and finish the race.”

Next up for Self and the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra is the Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 27. The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 4:30pm EST. Race coverage may also be heard on MRN Radio.

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SELF READY FOR BATTLE IN DAYTONA DEBUT

 

Austin Wayne Self heads for the high banks of world-famous Daytona International Speedway and his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday with focus and determination that belies his rookie status.

“We’re going to Daytona with one goal, and that’s to win the race,” said Self, driver of the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra. “Our team prides itself on strong performance under pressure, and doing well at Daytona demands that. We’ll give our all until the checkered flag and see how things unfold for us.”

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“The opportunity to race at Daytona is incredibly exciting,” Self said, “but you have to find a way to keep those emotions under control and stay poised. If you stay focused on doing your work the right way, you give yourself the best shot to be in position for something special to happen.”

Self, who finished second in the ARCA Racing Series standings last season, has been on a fast track to the upper levels of NASCAR competition. He is grateful for the continued strong support of fellow passengers who’ve been there for his ride.

“I’ve had outstanding support from family and friends from my earliest days racing go-karts, and I’m thankful to all of them for it,” he said. “We have a great group of partners including AM Technical Solutions that is committed to winning, and it means a lot to me. It’s been a crazy journey, and it seems surreal to have the opportunity to race in the NCWTS at Daytona. Hopefully, we can make ‘em all proud with our performance there.”

“We’re so excited to be sponsoring Austin and the No. 22 truck at what is arguably the most famous track on the NASCAR circuit, and to have our brand connected to the incredible history of Daytona,” said Kelly McAndrew, Chairman of AM Technical Solutions. “Daytona provides an enormous challenge for drivers, and we know Austin will be prepared to compete at a high level.”

Among Self’s family of supporters at Daytona on Friday will be a special guest of honor.

Todd Fringer served as a Scout Platoon Sergeant with the 82nd airborne division in the Gulf War, and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. The story of how Fringer overcame the injury to push far beyond the life limitations doctors envisioned for him because of it continues to inspire.

Tune into Fox Sports 1 Friday February 19th @ 7:30PM eastern standard time Or MRN Radio to listen live.

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AM TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS AND FAMILY OF TEXAS PARTNERS TO SUPPORT AUSTIN WAYNE SELF IN NCWTS

Austin Wayne Self roars into his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 with strong support from a circle of Texas-based companies led by AM Technical Solutions, who announced their return as a primary sponsor for Self.

Austin-based AM Technical Solutions (AMTS), a leading construction management, project management and facility solutions firm for high-tech markets, has been a primary partner of Texas native Self’s for five seasons, including his Rookie of the Year campaign in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014 and his runner-up finish in the ARCA championship points standings (including a win at Winchester) last season.

AWS“We’re excited to continue our support of Austin as he competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016,” said Kelly McAndrew, Chairman of AM Technical Solutions. “Austin’s work ethic and dedication to his racing career are a perfect fit with our company values. We’ve witnessed his continued improvement and success as a driver, and he’s become part of the AMTS family. We believe our partnership with Austin in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will provide a great platform for additional brand exposure for AMTS, especially as Austin battles for Rookie of the Year status in the No. 22 Toyota Tundra. We can’t wait to get started.”

AMTS provides diverse integrated solutions across a facilities life cycle to include new cleanroom construction, integrated construction management, total quality programs, capital asset solutions, and cleanroom certification and testing.

“I’m proud to have AM Technical Solutions on board with me again this season in the NCWTS,” Self said. “I’m thankful for the amazing support they continue to provide. They are a key reason I’ve been able to pursue my dream of racing in the upper levels of NASCAR. Our team and I are committed to doing everything it takes to make AMTS, and all of our fans and partners in the great state of Texas, proud this season.”

Don’t mess with Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation’s acclaimed longtime litter-prevention campaign, will again be supporting Self this season. The campaign will maintain branding presence on Self’s truck and fire suit, and the iconic red, white and blue Don’t mess with Texas trash can will be at the track with the AM Racing team.

“I’m a big believer in litter-prevention, and Don’t mess with Texas has done an incredible job of raising awareness about the cost of littering and importance of keeping the great state of Texas clean,” said Self.

Other partners that will return to support Self this season are Texas Tea, Texas Made, AVIS Rental Car, Hoosier Scale, Ultra One Clean, Beanitos Chips, and ACE Asphalt.

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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AWS Post Race Report: Salem Fall Classic

DMWT_ShortTrackSpotlight (Mooresville, NC, September 21, 2015–)  Salem Speedway located in Salem, Indiana is one of the most unpredictable races on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule and Saturday evening proved to be no different.

Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford raced in the top-10 all evening and raced as high as fourth in the running order just after halfway. The second year driver was pacing himself for the final 50 laps. Unfortunately, Self had a clutch issue under a late caution and lost three laps during the process. The 19-year-old would finish in the 16th position.

98OnTrack_ShortTrackSpotlight“It was a different Salem race than I’ve ever been part of,” Self explained. “We only had four tires to utilize during the race so we really just conserved our stuff until we were able to pit.”

“We had a car that could have won the race, unfortunately we had a problem with the clutch under caution and lost a few laps.”

It’s frustrating to have these little problems happen because our team and sponsors put so much time and effort into the Series. We have two races left and I really want to get everyone back to victory lane. Expect us to be factors in the final two races for the win.”

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With two races remaining in the 2015 ARCA season Self sits fourth in championship points 350 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

It’s a short turnaround for the ARCA Racing Series, Tuesday the MMM team will test at the Kentucky Speedway in preparation for Friday evenings Crosley Brands 150.

The ARCA Racing Series will be back in action Friday evening September 25that the Kentucky Speedway for the Crosley Brands 150. The race will be live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.  ARCA will also provide live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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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.