Austin Wayne Self Headed To “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile”

PoconoAustin Wayne Self

No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Age: 20

2016 NCWTS Stats:

2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th

  • Last Race: 25th Place Finish at Pocono
  • Best Finish: 9th at Eldora Speedway
  • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

Bristol Motor Speedway Race Notes:

After nearly a three-week hiatus, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action for a rare Wednesday night race under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Known as Thunder Valley or the Last Coliseum, Bristol Motor Speedway is considered one of the most popular venues in the sporting world.

Bristol Motor Speedway Team Notes:

The Texas Connection! AM Racing welcomes the support from YETI® Coolers.  YETI® Coolers, based in Austin, Texas, are the well-known producers of premium coolers and drinkware.  The AM Racing race team is proud to have them onboard, outfitting their hometown NASCAR Camping World Series driver, Austin Wayne Self with their superior products.

Bristol Motor Speedway Race Quote:

“We’ve had a long break and it’s now time to get back to work.  I’m really looking forward to getting back in the seat and on the road with my AM Technical Solutions Toyota team.  We’ve made a lot of positive gains the last couple races.  I’m optimistic this trend will continue at Bristol.  The time off served us well.  The guys in the shop have done a great job all around. We’re definitely getting better.  This will be my first start at Bristol.  It’s a fast half mile with lots of opportunity for trouble.  The key for us this week will be patience – staying up on the wheel for 200-laps and making smart decisions.” said Austin “The No. 22 team will have a big challenge this week at Bristol, and the AMTS team will be providing our complete support. We are especially excited to see other Texas based companies supporting our Texan driver. Thank you to Yeti Coolers for the awesome gear!” says Dan Codi, CEO of AM Technical Solutions.

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

Race: UNOH 200

  • 200-Laps/106.6 Miles (NCWTS Event 13 of 23)

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Broadcast Information: 8:30 PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1

Practice: Wednesday, August 17

First Practice: 9:30 AM-10:25 AM

  • Final Practice: 11:30 AM-12:25 PM

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying:

Wednesday, August 17 at 4:45 PM

Bristol Motor Speedway Specifications:

Short Track: 0.553 concrete oval

Banking: 24 to 30 Degrees

Straights: 650 Feet w/ 4 to 9 Degrees Bankin

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Austin Wayne Self Visits the Blue Grass State for NASCAR’s Thursday Night Return

AustinAUSTIN, TEXAS (July 6, 2016)  – After enjoying an idle Fourth of July weekend, Austin Wayne Self returns to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) action this week in the Buckle Up In  Your Truck 225 from Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 7.

 

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Kentucky and running on the new surface,” said Self.  “Although this will be my first time at Kentucky in the Truck Series, I’ve run quite a few laps there in ARCA. It’s always been a fast track with a lot of character. It   will be interesting to see how the new surface changes things up – I’m expecting a fast track with tons of grip.”

Nearing the official half-way point to the NCWTS season, Self and his No. 22  AM Technical Solutions Toyota team, are dedicated to improving on and off the track during their freshman year season  of Truck    racing.

 

“It’s a long season – we’ve had our share of up and down moments, but our team continues to make strides in the right direction. This team continues to do whatever it takes to put a strong Toyota under me each and every week.”

 

Austin Wayne  Self currently occupies the 19th spot in the overall driver point standings .  After 9  of 23 NCWTS events, Self carries a 23.0 average starting position to go along with a 20.6 average finishing spot.

Singer, Song Writer – Chad Mattson Set to Sing National Anthem at Kentucky

 

AM Racing welcomes special guest, Chad Mattson, to Kentucky Speedway for this week’s event.   Mattson, the lead singer of the Christian Rock Band, Unspoken, will be on-hand to sing the national anthem prior to Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Self is a member Soldiers for Faith Ministries.  For more information on ‘Unspoken’ – visit www.UnspokenMusic.com.

 

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Kentucky Speedway begins with two practice sessions on Wednesday, July 6. The opening practice session starts at 5:00 p.m., with the final practice session kicking-off at 7:00 p.m.  Keystone  Light Pole Qualifying will take place on race day, July 7 at  5:00 p.m. Follow Live on FS2. The Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 goes green at 8:30 p.m.

 

Coverage of the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (150 laps, 2225 miles ) begins at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.   Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time. Follow NASCAR.com for results.

 

NCWTS Buckle Up in Your Truck Broadcast Schedule for Thursday, July 7

Catch all the action from Kentucky on FOX SPORTS  1 and FOX SPORTS  2!

5:00 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS2)

8:30 PM EST – Start of the Buckle   Up in Your Truck 225 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

Austin Wayne Self Collected at Gateway Finishes 28th

AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 27, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self had a less than desirable outing this past weekend as the 20-year old driver was taken out of competition early in a late race accident resulting in a disappointing 28th place finish in Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ for Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.Gateway1

Self, driving the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, started 26th and appeared to be headed for another top-20 finish until lap-120 when the truck driven by Jordan Anderson clipped the back of Self’s truck, turning him up the race track and hard into the outside wall.   As Self’s truck rolled down the track, Jennifer Jo Cobb drove in at speed, violently slamming into the side of Self’s disabled truck.

“Obviously a very disappointing night and one torn up truck,” said Self.  “It’s really too bad our race had to end like that.  He (Anderson) got into me from the back and that’s all it took – I was along for the ride after that.”

Self gives credit to NASCAR for providing safety policies and procedures.

“That was a pretty wicked hit.  You’ve gotta tip your hat to NASCAR, they’ve done a great job keeping us drivers safe inside these trucks.”

The NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series will break for the Fourth of July weekend before returning to action in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 7.

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Gateway Motorsports Park will be fast and furious with a one day show beginning with with two practice sessions on Saturday, June 25. The opening practice session starts at 8:30 a.m., with the final practice session starting at 10:00 a.m.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Saturday, June 25 at 4:45 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The Drivin’ for Linemen 200 will begin at 8:30 p.m.

 

Austin Wayne Self Finishes 16th at Iowa

IowaAUSTIN, Texas (June 20, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self finished 16th over the weekend in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway.  Self, with his fifth top-20 finish of his young career bumped up two spots to the 18th position in the overall national championship point standings.

“Another good weekend for the AM Racing group this weekend,” said Self.  “Our Toyota Tundra was solid.  Our team continues to work hard and make progress each and every week.  We’ll get back to work this week for Gateway hoping to grab our first top-10 of the season.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series now turns its focus to the series’ ninth event of the 2016 season – the Driven for Linemen 200 at Gateway International Speedway on Saturday, June 25.

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AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self Looking for More at Iowa

TMSAUSTIN, TEXAS (June 15, 2016) – A rare weekend off for the Sprint Cup Series gives way for a NASCAR XFINITY – Camping World Truck Series weekend double header at Iowa Speedway.

Austin Wayne Self, coming off a career best 13th place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, looks to continue his progression in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when the tour takes its turn Saturday, June 18th in the running of the Speediatrics 200.

“We’ve been working hard all season-long – taking the good with the bad,” said Self.  “Last weekend was a small victory for our team.  There’s a lot of season left for us to improve.  I’m really excited.   We’re headed in the right direction and looking for more this weekend at Iowa.”

Self, in his NASCAR rookie season driving the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, has notched two top-15 finishes in his first seven series attempts.  Last week’s 13th place finish set a new team best for the first year truck team.

“The truck series is super competitive,” commented Self.  “There are a lot well-established teams and drivers who make this look easy.  I can assure you they’ve all payed their dues to get to this point.  We’re on our way.  This team is dedicated and focused on getting better both on and off the track each week.  I’m really thankful for the opportunity and excited for our future.”

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Iowa Speedway will begin with two practice sessions on Friday, June 17. The opening practice session starts at 3:00 p.m., with the final practice session starting at 6:00 p.m.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Saturday, June 18 at 4:45 p.m. Follow Live on FS1.

Coverage for the Speediatrics 200 (200 laps, 175 miles) begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time. Follow NASCAR.com for results.

NCWTS Speediatrics 200 Television Broadcast Schedule for Saturday, June 18

Catch all the action from Texas on FOX SPORTS 1 and FOX SPORTS 2!

4:45 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS2)

8:30 PM EST – Start of the Speediatrics 200 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

Career Best NASCAR Finish for Austin Wayne Self at Texas

KS5_5068 rsz_1tmsAUSTIN, TEXAS  (June 12, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self turned in a career best 13th place finish in his highly anticipated home track debut in Friday’s  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

“What a thrill! This was a big night for me and our team,” said Self, who delivered a solid performance in front of his home state fans.  “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid and have watched hundreds of laps.  I think tonight might have been bigger than starting at Daytona at the beginning of the year.”

 

“After struggling the last few races our AM Racing team stepped up and rebounded at the perfect time. Our guys did a great job all night long and gave me the opportunity to finish strong.  I can’t wait to come back in November and do this all over again.”

 

After a busy homecoming week filled with media appearances, Self, excitedly made his way to Texas Motor Speedway filled with optimism.  Starting 18th on the grid, the native Texan quickly raced his way inside the top-15 where he’d remain throughout the course of 250-mile event.

 

“Everything went pretty smooth this weekend.  The truck handled great and we had good speed all night long.  We made very few adjustments.  I think we learned a lot which will really help us in the future.”

 

“It was cool having a lot of our team partners at the track weekend.  I can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support.  Without them none of this is possible.  Big thanks to AM Technical Solutions, Sid Miller (Texas Department of Agriculture), Don’t Mess with Texas, Go Texan, Big Ass Fans, Rick’s Salsa, Texas Tea, and Four Escobars.”

 

Friday’s finish was Self’s second top-15 and fourth top-20 finish in seven NCWTS attempts.  He maintains 20th position in the overall series driver point standings.

 

Next up on the schedule is the SPEEDIATRICS 200 from Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 18.

 

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AM Racing Introduces Joint Partners in the NASCAR Truck Series

Austin, Texas (June 8, 2016) – AM Racing announced today the addition of two new team partners who join the organization in support of its efforts fielding the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, driven by Austin Wayne Self in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Joining AM Racing are Big Ass Fans and Four Escobars LLC.

Both strategic associate partnership agreements begin this weekend in conjunction with Austin Wayne Self’s series debut at Texas Motor Speedway.

“It’s a privilege to welcome both Big Ass Solutions and Four Escobars Barbeque Sauce (Four Escobars, LLC) brands to our young NASCAR Truck organization,” said Matt Donovan, President of Corporate Partnerships for AM Racing.

“We’re proud to represent these companies and excited to provide them with a unique platform to expose their respected brands to millions of race fans throughout the season.”

Big Ass Solutions, based in Lexington, Kentucky, designs and manufactures the world’s most advanced consumer and industrial ceiling fans and light fixtures. Big Ass Solutions is the parent company of Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Light, as well as the recently launched the Haiku Home residential division. The Haiku residential fan has won than 65 international design and technology awards and hold the top 19 spots on ENERGY STAR®’s list of most efficient ceiling fans. For more information visit BigAssSolutions.com.

“Big Ass Solutions is excited about our entry into racing with the AM Team,” said Kevin Young, Business Development Manager at Big Ass Solutions. “The Lone Star state is our second home – our earliest fans were sold there when the company was founded in 1999. We chose to partner with a Texas-based organization as a sign of support for our largest market.”

Four Escobars Barbeque Sauce, which is based near Austin Wayne Self’s hometown of Austin, Texas, is a provider of Award Winning BBQ Sauce with over 100,000 bottles distributed annually. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/fourescobars/.

“We’re so excited to be part of the AM Racing Family! It’s an honor to partner up with Austin and his team. Great things come out of Texas – NASCAR and Barbecue Sauce,” commented Cletis Escobar, President of Four Escobars, LLC.Big Ass Fans

About Big Ass Fans

Big Ass Solutions’ unique name originated with the massive overhead fans the company perfected to bring comfort and energy savings to large spaces lacking air conditioning, such as dairy barns and factories. Today, though, Big Ass is much more than industrial—and much more than Big Ass Fans. Big Ass means quality, form and function to solve problems in the built environment. Churches and schools needed fans to cool their congregations and classrooms, so the company developed the first silent motor for massive fans. The Big Ass Light division started in 2014 with the launch of the company’s heavy-duty, industrial-grade LED fixtures, so tough you can drive a truck over them. The Haiku Home residential division was recently launched to transform the home through cutting edge technology, iconic design and effortless conservation. Big Ass Solutions has an insatiable drive to research, engineer, innovate and improve. In short, they don’t do things halfway – they go Big Ass.

About Four Escobars, LLC

Four Escobars is the new favorite of Texans everywhere! This barbecue sauce blends the perfect amount of paprika, chili powder and crushed red pepper with just the right amount of sweetness to create a fantastic sauce that makes for “A Little Sweet, A Little Heat.” It will grab both sides of your tongue and leave a lasting impression on your palate. Try all three flavors: Raspberry, Original and Honey.

The name Four Escobars represents family, which is what Texas is all about. The creation and development of this “perfect sauce” came from the four members of the Escobar family: Cletis (dad), Michelle (mom), Gannon and Garrison (sons). Each member played an important role in the development of the sauce. Cletis was the creator, and the rest of the family were the critiques! Gannon was the deciding factor in just how much raspberry should go into the Raspberry sauce, while Garrison was the creative mind “bee-hind” the Honey label.

Four EscobarsThe label was created to highlight cities and towns across Texas. Behind the logo you will find a map of Texas with small towns and large cities nicely faded into the background. Four Escobars was created in Waxahachie, Texas, which is prominently and proudly displayed below the logo. If you look close, you will also find the names of each family member on the map. The GO TEXAN logo is also displayed on the label so consumers will know that it is a Texas product.

Four Escobars, LLC, was established in September of 2013. Distribution started with an HEB partnership in January of 2015. By March of 2016, sales were over 100,000 bottles locally.  HEB has expanded distribution throughout the state of Texas, and now Four Escobars can be found in over 150 HEB locations.

Austin Wayne Self Returns Home for Texas NASCAR Showdown

Austin, Texas (June 7, 2016)  After a two week pause in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, Austin Wayne Self and his No.22 AM Racing Technical Solutions Toyota team return to action in their home state of Texas for this weekend’s Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 10.AWS2

A native son of Austin, Texas, Self, will make his first ever start at Texas Motor Speedway and his seventh overall career start in the NCWTS.  Building a strong rookie campaign, the 20-year old driver and his newly formed team currently occupy the 20th position in the point standings.

AWS0“It’s a dream come true to come back to Texas and race in front of my hometown fans,” said Self.

“Texas is where I saw my first NASCAR race when I was five-years old.  It’s truly going to be surreal when I get out there and turn my first laps.”

Looking to better his career best 15th place finish which came earlier in the year at Martinsville, Self looks ahead to his home track, in search for his first career top-10 finish.

“We continue to work and put a lot of effort into this team.  We’ve had some really strong runs get spoiled this year.  Nothing would be better than getting our first top ten this weekend and share it with all our great partners who’ll be out in full force supporting me and our team.”

In celebration of AM Racing’s homecoming, the team will host a good ole fashion Texas Barbeque provided by local favorite and supporter, Blacks Barbeque, for a large contingency of Texas based partners and guests, including AM Technical Solutions, Don’t Mess with Texas, Go Texan, Rick’s Salsa, Texas Tea, and Four Escobars.

“What more could we ask for – this weekend’s Camping World truck race is in our home state at the Texas Motor Speedway! It’s a first for Austin, and we will be there in full force to support him and the entire AMTS 22 team,” says Dan Codi, CEO of AM Technical Solutions. “We know this is a day Austin has been dreaming about for quite some time, and he really wants to perform well for his entire Texas family.”

The pre-race party will feature country music artist, Keith Kelso, who’ll deliver an intimate performance with Texas Motor Speedway serving as a dramatic backdrop. Kelso, well-known within the Austin, Texas music scene and all over the country, will deliver his rich blend of country vocals prior to Friday night’s main event.

AM Racing will also welcome Sid Miller, the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture, who will serve as the team’s celebrity guest and sit atop the pit box during the Rattlesnake 400.AWS2AWS1

“I am excited to see the GO TEXAN truck in action at this week’s Camping World Truck Series race,” Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said. “The Texas Department of Agriculture is proud to promote a Texas-owned company like AM Racing that, in turn, supports so many other Lone Star businesses and GO TEXAN members like Toyota, Black’s Barbecue, Texas Tea and Four Escobars. Everyone at the Texas Department of Agriculture will be rooting for Austin Wayne Self and his team this Friday! ”

“Also, let me make a prediction,” Commissioner Miller said, ”regardless of the outcome of the race, the GO TEXAN program and Texas businesses will win big!”

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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Texas Motor Speedway will begin with three practice sessions on Thursday, June 9. First Practice session starts at 2:30 p.m., Second Practice Session starts at 4:30 p.m. and the final Practice Session starts at 6:30 p.m.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, June 10 at 5:00 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The Rattlesnake 400 (167 laps, 250.5 miles) begins at approximately 8:19 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Central Standard Time. Follow NASCAR.com for results.

NCWTS Rattlesnake 200 Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, June 10

Catch all the action from Texas on FOX SPORTS 1!

5:00 PM CST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1)

8:00 PM CST – Start of the Rattlesnake 400 (FS1)

Note: All Times Central Standard Time.

Austin Wayne Self Finishes 21st at Charlotte

AUSTIN, Texas (May 22, 2016) – After inclement weather wreaked havoc and postponed Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reset for a Saturday matinee under ideal weather conditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Charlotte21

Austin Wayne Self, one of the 32 drivers in the field who patiently waited for his opportunity, turned in a 21st place finish upon the conclusion of Saturday’s 134-lap event.

Self, who earned his best finish in recent weeks, did sustain damage to his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota on the final lap after getting together with Daniel Hemric and finishing the race with contact against the outside wall at the stripe.

“Even though we struggled a bit with the handling of the truck today I’m happy we were able to get the finish we did.”  Referring to the final lap, Self said, “I’m not happy about that deal at the end of but at least we finished where we did.”

“The last couple of races have been tough on our team.  I’m hoping we can build on our progress and get things ready for our next event at Texas (Motor Speedway). I’m really excited about going home and racing in front of my home state crowd.”

Charlotte111Self, who started in the 25th position after rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session, battled an ill-handling truck yet was able to race his way up into the 13th position by lap-73. After a caution on lap-77, Self, would get shuffled back on the race restart – giving up valuable track position. Continuing to battle a loose truck, the pilot of the AM Racing Toyota would battle to keep his truck inside the top-25.

Desperately hoping for a much needed late race caution to give the team a chance for another round of adjustments, the team’s chances of a top-10 finish were delated, as they ultimately settled for a 21st place finish.

“We struggled with handling after that last pit stop and that cost us.   We made the right adjustments but the truck didn’t respond the way I wanted it to as it took a few laps for our tire pressure to build up.  My crew continues to do a great job and battle hard, we just ran out of time there at the end to make adjustments to better our final position.

After three-consecutive weeks of racing the NASCAR Truck Series will break until Friday, June 10, when the series returns to action for the running of the Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Austin Wayne Self to Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldier Brett Gornewicz at Charlotte

Brett GornewiczAUSTIN, TX (May 17, 2016) – The NASCAR Community has always carried infinite respect for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  On Friday, Austin Wayne Self and the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota team will carry on that tradition and honor fallen soldier, Army Sgt., Brett Gornewicz, with a special paint scheme during the NASCAR Truck Series, North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“It’s such a huge honor for me to pay tribute to Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz this week at Charlotte,” said Self.  “My grandfather, Norman, served 20-years in the Airforce and fought in Vietnam, so recognizing the U.S Military and all the servicemen and women who’ve served has always been important to me and my family – especially those who’ve paid the greatest sacrifice.”
Serving his country in the U.S. Army starting in 2006, Sgt. Gornewicz, paid the ultimate sacrifice to his country on November 3, 2012, when he was one of three U.S. servicemen killed by an IED while working in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan as part of Operation: Enduring Freedom.
Austin Wayne Self, a rookie driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will honor Army Specialist Gornewicz, carrying the colors of ‘The Brett Gornewicz Foundation’ on the Lower hood and bed cover of his Toyota Tundra truck.
‘The Brett Gornewicz Foundation’ was founded by four fellow servicemen, whom Gornewicz, served with during his first tour in Iraq.  The foundation was founded to help raise money to support veterans in the Western New York area – Sgt. Gornewicz was a native of Buffalo, New York.
“Racing was always a part of our lives. Brett being honored by the AM Technical Solutions NASCAR team, whom a member of his high school is a part of, and it being held the weekend before Memorial Day is a great way to honor the memories of our childhood and Brett’s service to our country,” said Brett’s sister, Cassandra Cranston.
“Our father regularly brought us to local tracks in our hometown of buffalo, NY. During family functions if there was a NASCAR race on TV, it would be on in the background. We are very thankful to Matt Donovan, Austin Wayne Self and the entire team for this great tribute.”
After hearing of Brett’s tribute at Charlotte Motor Speedway, family friends and owners of TurboPro Inc., joined the cause, donating all the Good Year tires used by Austin Wayne Self during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.
About Army Sgt. Brett Gornewicz
Most people at the age of 27 are still enjoying their youth, just beginning to advance in their careers or perhaps just beginning to settle down, get married and start a new family. At the age of 27, United States Army Specialist Brett Gornewicz was serving his nation – and paid the ultimate price for that service. He was one of three U.S. servicemen killed on Nov. 3, 2012 by an improvised explosive while working in the Paktia province of Afghanistan as part of Operation: Enduring Freedom. They were assigned to the 444th Engineer Company, headquartered in Oswego.
A 2003 graduate of Alden High School, Brett pursued studies in mechanical technology and eventually enrolled in Buffalo State College to major in industrial technology. In between, though, he made the decision to give back to his nation and, in 2006, enrolled in the Army Reserves. The following year, his combat engineering unit was activated and sent to Iraq, where Gornewicz served through 2008. He completed his studies and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 2011, the same year he became an Uncle.
Later that year, he was back on duty as his unit was once again deployed, this time to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor. He came home to visit the summer of 2012 and enjoyed time with friends and family. The memories formed during that visit will forever be special as a few short months later, on November 3, 2012 during a routine mission his truck was hit by an IED.
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This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:  NCWTS action from Charlotte Motor Speedway will begin with three practice sessions on Thursday, May 19. First Practice session starts at 12:30, Second Practice Session starts at 2:30 and the final Practice Session starts at 4:30.  Follow NASCAR.com for results.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The North Carolina Lottery 200 (134 laps, 201 miles) begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.
NCWTS NC Education Lottery Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, May 20 Catch all the action from Charlotte on FOX SPORTS 1! 5:30 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1) 8:30 PM EST – Start of the NC Education Lottery 200 (FS1) Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.