Self Takes Over the Second Championship Points Spot with Third Consecutive Top Five Finish in Federated Auto Parts 200

Salem_ShortTrackSpotlightSalem, IN — Self and the number 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion earned their third consecutive top 5 finish this weekend at the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway. Self and his team rolled into Salem with a car setup and strategy that they were confident would keep them running in the front of the pack. A few incidents early on and throughout the race gave the team a few challenges to overcome in order to stay in the top but, they were able to make it through those obstacles to finished in the fifth position.

“When we came to Salem Speedway to test last weekend we decided to set the car up for really long runs due to the 100 plus lap green run we experienced last season at this track. An early incident in the first few laps turned us around and gave us our first challenge. And then a few cautions throughout the race broke up the long runs. When we got into some good green runs we made our way up the field pretty good. I think if the flag count had been a little different we could have finished on top,” Self explained.

98Pass_ShortTrackSpotlightThe weekend began on Saturday with poor weather conditions. The scheduled practice sessions and qualifying were canceled due to the consistent rainfall. The starting lineup for Sunday’s Federated Auto Parts 200 was determined by 2014 season owner’s points putting Self and the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford in the pole position. Self would lead the pack to the start of the weekend’s big race for the second time this season. Contact competition started early and Self found himself spinning on the fifth lap around. Several cars were involved in the incident that drew the first caution of the race. Self reported some chatter in the right front and took a quick trip to the pits. Self restarted the race in the thirteenth position minus a right front shock. He had some work ahead of him to make it back up towards the front of the pack. With a few longer green runs and some intense and exciting side-by-side racing, Self made his way back up to the top 6. Announcers and fans were on their feet as Self battled and went three wide on the backstretch to overtake the 4th position with under 50 laps to go.

98PitStop_ShortTrackSpotlight“If those final few cautions hadn’t come out and we would have been able to stay under green then the finish would have been a different story. We took a chance on our setup and unfortunately the flags just didn’t fall our way. I’m really proud of my team and crew though. We went from starting in the front, all the way back to 13th within the first few laps, and ended it in the top 5. The best part is that this weekend allowed us to take over second place in the point standings and we’re only 95 points behind the leader. We’re on the climb and we’re making awesome progress” – Austin Wayne Self

Self made three pit stops throughout the race during the caution flags with the final pit stop being the most important. The pit crew was able to give him four fresh tires and make an air pressure adjustment to send him on his way for the final few laps of the race. Self lost one position during the final pit stop but was able to make it up in the final sprint to the finish. The team’s 5th place finish earned them the second spot in the Championship Points race. They now only sit 95 points behind points leader Grant Enfinger. Can Self pass Enfinger with his run at Talladega? Find out this weekend. The Talladega race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, May 1st at 5:00pm Central. Don’t miss the race and Austin’s chase for the first spot!

AWS Boasts a 30-Race Schedule for 2015

Mooresville, NC – Starting with the ARCA/CRA Super Series SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway this month and ending with a Pro Late Model Race at Central Texas Speedway in November, Self will be running a full 20 race ARCA Season with as many Super Late Model and Pro Late Model Races as he can manage. As of now Austin Wayne Self has 35 races booked for 2015.

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Austin Wayne Self with MMM owner, Mason Mitchell

“We had a bunch of fun running our 1st Super Late Model Race with DLP Motorsports at Southern National at the end of last season and think we just might have a competitive SLM program. We will race as many of the ARCA/CRA Super Series races as our schedule allows and will run the Pro Late Model at all the SLM companion races. Six races at Central Texas Speedway will make up the balance of our Pro Late Model races. We are all business with the ARCA series and it is our primary focus, though these Late Model races give us the chance to have a little more fun and gain valuable seat time. Terry and Colt James along with Matt Maynard will make up our 100% Texan crew. David Pletcher and DLP Motorsports of Mooresville, NC will be providing the race cars.” – Austin Wayne Self

“Really excited to work with Austin some this year. He has come a long way in the 5 years I have known him. We had a good first showing at southern national at the end of last season. Hopefully that can carry over to this year and give Austin a shot to win some of these races.” –Late Model Crew Chief, Colt James

 

Austin Wayne Self’s priority ride this year is the 98 car out of Mason Mitchell Motorsports and the ARCA Series is his #1 focus. “I can’t wait to run in the ARCA series this season, I feel like we did a lot of learning last year and it’s going to pay off ten fold this year!”– Austin Wayne Self

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Austin Wayne Self hopping into the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford during Daytona testing

“Im ecstatic to have Austin driving for “MMM” this upcoming season. Austin has a lot of ability and more confidence than ever stepping into this position. As Austin plans to compete in other races other than ARCA, that will make him that much better behind the wheel. There is no replacement for ‘Seat Time'”. –Owner of Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Mason Mitchell

After winning Rookie of the Year for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series and finishing 6th in championship points Austin feels ready and prepared to tackle the loaded schedule in 2015.

“The late model races give me another opportunity to continue learning, gain seat time, and of course win. Late model racing is a different kind of racing it’s where I started so it’s where I come from, I can race without the pressure of points which gives our team a great advantage. I can try out strategies that are a little risky and race hard without worrying about the points repercussions, it makes me a better driver and makes us a fiercely competitive team.”- Austin Wayne Self

If it proves that the team has the juice to run up front, AWS will also add the 2015 Snowball Derby to his schedule making it a stacked year of all out racing. The AWS Racing effort will kickoff at the ARCA/CRA Speedfest Jan 24th and 25th. “I am ready to get back in the car and behind the wheel, it’s definitely time to start this season!” –Austin Wayne Self

 

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About Austin Wayne Self Racing

Austin Wayne Self has been racing since he was five years old. He began his racing career in go karts at a local track near his hometown, Austin, TX. During his karting career Self raced across the U.S. competing for regional and national titles. Between the ages of 11 and 14, Self won 11 WKA National Cups, the WKA Grand National Championship, the TAG World Championship and the Rock Island Grand Prix Championship. In 2010 Self won the Florida Winter Tour Championship and finished 3rd in the Super Nationals in Las Vegas (the highest finished ever accomplished by an American driver in that competition). In that same year Self made his first start in a TSRS Late Model. During the 2010 season Self placed 3rd overall and won the Rookie of the Year Award. In 2011 Self signed with Sellers Racing to compete in 27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races. Self’s performance in the series gave him the ability to move into partial seasons for the K&N Pro East and ARCA Racing Series. In 24 starts in multiple racing series Self achieved ten top 5 finishes and fourteen top 10 finishes. In 2014 Austin Wayne Self signed with Cunningham Motorsports for his first full ARCA season where he finished 6th overall in points and won the most SCOTT Rookie of the Race Challenges than any other Rookie driver.

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