Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 Don’t mess with Texas / We are One American Family Toyota
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park / Canada 25
Box Score Report
Race No. 15 of 23
Laps: 64 / 64
In his AM Racing return, Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self impressed in his No. 22 Don’t’ mess with Texas / We are One American Family Toyota Tundra with a ninth-place finish north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
On the heels of a top-10 finish in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return on a road course last weekend at Road America (Wisc.), the Texan had hoped to take the momentum of a strong ARCA run and capitalize on it in his 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the year.
Not only did Self capitalize on his performance, but the finish propels the likeable Self into the off-weekend with a solid outlook on the rest of the NCWTS season.
After starting 20th, Self hovered inside the top-20 to end Stage 1 in 19th.
However, AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson was eager to burst Self and his No. 22 team into the spotlight by the end of Stage 2, when Self took fifth and gained some crucial stage points.
Making his final pit stop at the end of Stage 2, Self restarted deep in the field, but steadily worked his way forward on fresher tires and a lot of determination.
With eight laps to go, Self had maneuvered himself back to eighth and over the course of the final laps, the 21-year-old wrestled his way back inside the top-10 and claimed ninth when the checkered flag waved.
Self has 32 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts to his credit. He holds a career-best finish of second at Daytona International Speedway in Feb. 2017 driving for AM Racing. Self’s career-best qualifying effort occurred at his hometown track of Texas Motor Speedway in June 2017 where he qualified 15th before finishing 12th.
“I’m really proud of the effort our AM Racing showed and delivered at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We had a good truck even though we didn’t have the best qualifying effort.
“We utilized some strategy and took advantage of being at the right place at the right time to find ourselves in a good stage 2 position and we’re able to make the most of rallying through the field after the final round of pit stops.
“I can’t thank my guys enough, along with Don’t mess with Texas and all of our marketing partners at AM Racing. It was important for us to do what we could to spread the message of love and support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I promise we won’t forget about them and we’ll be doing our best to help for the weeks and months to come.”
- Austin Wayne Self finished ninth in the Canada 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the iconic 2.459-mile road course. Last September, the Texan finished 15th after starting 22nd.
- Self-made his 10th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the year but fifth of the season with Mooresville, N.C.-based AM Racing. This is the same team that Self earned a career-best second place finish in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.
- Austin Cindric won the Canada 250 followed by Kaz Grala (second), Noah Gragson (third), Justin Hayley, (fourth) and Ryan Truex (fifth).
Next Race: Chicago 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Fri., Sept. 14.
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