Austin Wayne Self propels to solid finish under Kansas Speedway lights

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Competing in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race since Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February, Austin Wayne Self piloted the No. 45 Niece Equipment / Precision Air Technology Chevrolet to a solid finish in Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

During practice on Thursday, Self and crew chief Cody Efaw spent the session getting accustomed to each other while continuing to work on the handling of their race truck in preparation for the fourth race of the 2017 season.

Picking up the pace considerably in qualifying, Self turned in the 21st quickest lap and immediately put his Niece Motorsports truck inside the top-20 during the early stages of the 167-lap race.

The team’s endless effort to keep up with their handling of their truck with the track’s changing conditions proved to be beneficial for Self as he hovered inside the top-20 for much of the race.

Making the most of the free pass on Friday night, Self found himself climbing inside the top-15 late and despite losing a lap to the leaders in the closing run, the 21-year-old was able to keep his competition at bay to finish 15th, a personal best at the 1.5-mile track in trucks.

“I’m really appreciative of the opportunity with Niece Motorsports,” said Self, a native of Austin, Tex. “We really had a good and productive race. We kept making adjustments on the truck and the changes allowed me to turn some really competitive laps to work our way forward. This is some good momentum for Niece Motorsports and myself heading to Charlotte.”

“I hope there may be another opportunity to work with Niece Motorsports down the road. I certainly enjoyed it. I want to thank Cody (Efaw) and everyone on the 45 crew and of course Niece Equipment and Precision Air Technology for the opportunity to race.”

Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a stop at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway for the running of the N.C. Education Lottery 200 on Friday night, May 19.

 

For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

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About Niece Equipment:

For over 30 years, Niece Equipment has provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices. Our reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.

Each of our water and fuel/lube trucks are engineered with quality and durability in mind. Our capability ranges from 2,000 gallon water trucks to 12,000 gallon water towers. The fuel/lube trucks we offer range from 600 to 4,000 gallons.

Niece Equipment has three locations in Fort Scott, Kansas, Irving, Tex. and Buda, Tex.

 

About Precision Air Technology:

Precision Air Technology maximizes the broad range of experience of their employees to establish strong bonds with their customers. This expertise helps customers solve problems in their clean manufacturing and research facilities. They are a diversified company, offering services and products to the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.

Precision Air Technology’s primary business is testing and certifying HEPA filter systems of all types. Completing air balancing, selling air filters and HEPA filtration equipment, and providing turnkey cleanroom retrofits are some of the services and products they offer.

 

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

 

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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.
Follow Austin Wayne Self on Social Media:   Be sure to follow Austin on all social media platforms. You can find him on facebook at facebook.com/AustinWSelf, on twitter at @AustinWSelf and Instagram @AustinWayneSelf.  You can also visit AWSracing.com.
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.