That’s a Wrap! AWS and the 22 Team Finish Out the 2014 Season with a Bang

Austin Wayne Self and the 22 team ended the 2014 ARCA Racing season in a heart stopping fashion. Self’s side-by-side racing around the one and a half mile track had fans on the edge of their seats as he drove hard for the first position during a restart.

“The car stuck so good in turns one and two. Turns three and four had been the better turns for us all night long so I knew we had it. If we could get by the 23 on that first lap after the restart with only 27 laps to go we would take the checkered. We had been fast all night, made up some spots during pit stops, everything was lining up.” – AWS

AWSSelf and the 22 team started the race in the 7th position. Due to poor weather the time set aside for qualifying was used as practice time and owners points determined the starting line up. With a great starting position and successful history at the Kansas Speedway, the team was confident. Self took advantage of the restarts caused by a few blown tires and cars making contact with the wall by gaining several positions. After pit stops and a few restarts Self found himself restarting in the second position with only 27 laps to go. The field had completed several laps under caution while clean up crews cleaned oil from the track. Self took this time to communicate with his crew chief and spotter to come up with a strategy for the restart.

With a strategy set, Self was as ready as ever for the restart. Self stayed side by side with the 23 car on the inside of turns one and two, confident that he would stick through three and four and take over the lead on the front stretch. Kansas Speedway had other plans for Self as he lost grip into turn four. The car got loose for only a second but that was all it took. The air took Self and turned him as he tried to save the car. It looked as though he may be able to do just that until drivers following close behind took a low line and made contact with Self, sending him back up the track and into the wall. The final hit was the worst as the driver of the 06 failed to reduce his speed and flew by other cars in the field, straight into the 22 of Self. To see footage of the crash you can visit this link.

Self walked away from the wreckage healthy. While he did take a trip to the care center (required for all drivers after a wreck in which they are not able to drive the car off the track) he was cleared and allowed to spend the remainder of the race with his team in the ARCA Garage. Even without a finish at Kansas, Self remains the leader in the Rookie of the Year Point Standings. While the Rookie of the Year title will not be officially awarded until the ARCA banquet takes place in December, Self and his team celebrated the great accomplishment of leading the points for this award. It was a major goal that they had set forth at the beginning of the 2014 season.

Kansas AutographsWith the ARCA Racing season finale at Kansas Speedway completed, Austin Wayne Self secured a 6th place overall season standing with 5 top 5’s and 13 top 10’s. AWS had an average finish of 10th overall. Most impressively Austin Wayne Self secured points at the conclusion of Kansas allowing him to lead the Rookie of the Year standings.

Self said, “It’s been a really good year, I learned a lot and we met our goal. We said Rookie of the Year for our first year, and a championship in 2015. I learned how to race at the speedways and use the air to my advantage. I studied the air and studied the racing, and tried different things and that’s what this season was about. Just because this season is wrapped up, doesn’t mean I’ll be relaxing. We have some big news coming in the next few weeks and I’ll be racing throughout the off season. This is the time to raise our game and prepare for 2015. I am just excited to tell everyone about our 2015 plans.”

“I really want to thank our sponsor AM TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS for coming out and supporting me at Kansas, and throughout the entire season. Their involvement in my racing has been an incredible blessing and I am thankful for their support. Also thanks to the team at Cunningham Motorsports who has given me the tools to pursue my racing career and develop my skills.  Finally I am thankful for the ARCA racing staff and team for providing a premiere competitive series for me to race in. It’s been a great year and I’m ready to get back at it in 2015.”-AWS

As mentioned before, Self will find himself in the seat a few times during the off season. Visit his website to view his upcoming schedule and for more updates on what’s to come for AWS in 2015.

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Lay It All Out in Kansas

qualifying gridAustin Wayne Self and the Cunningham team will have more riding on their run at Kansas than expected after a tough run at Kentucky last weekend. All of the ARCA teams had a rough start to their race week when practice on Tuesday was canceled late in the afternoon due to poor track conditions. When the 22 team returned to track on Wednesday for the rescheduled practice sessions they had expected their day to run a little more smoothly.

“I knew the track was going to be a bit of a challenge after taking those first few laps on Tuesday in the ARCA trucks. It was my first time seeing the track and I knew it would take some getting used to but man, I didn’t expect to have as much trouble with it as we did.” – AWS

Self said, “It felt like I had racer’s block or something. We kept trying new ways of getting in and out of the corners, different lines, you name it and we just couldn’t find that extra second we needed.” By the end of practice the team ran their fastest lap and had more confidence that they would get the set up right by race time. Self was able to pick up another second come practice time on race day but many of the drivers including Self felt that Kentucky was a completely different track compared to what they had practiced on during the scheduled ARCA sessions on Wednesday. Self qualified in the 16th position. The team had started in worse positions and kept their determination to finish the race well. Unfortunately the team struggled to get the set up just right during the race.

“It was a rough weekend for the entire Cunningham team. After two top 5 finishes in Salem, leaving Kentucky with 2 finishes outside the top 10 definitely wasn’t what we were looking for and it’s not a good example of what our team is capable of.” Crew Chief Chad Bryant said. “We just have to put this weekend behind us and focus everything we have on our last race in Kansas to break into the top 5 in Season Points.”

Self thanked his fans and his sponsor Ultra One Cleaner and Degreaser for coming out to support him at the race. He was disappointed that he wasn’t able to give them a better show but looks forward to giving them one in Kansas.practice

Self finished in the 12th position and trails the 5th position in Season Point Standings by only 140 points.  The team will be working even harder in the week prior to the race to get the car just right. Kansas is their final chance to gain enough points to push them into the top 5 for the season. A top 5 points finish paired with a possible Rookie of the Year Award would be a huge accomplishment for Self and the Cunningham team for their first full season together.

Kansas will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 at 7:30pm Central on Friday, October 3rd. Self and the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge are sure to be a top contender and it won’t be a race you want to miss. Help cheer the team on by following on Austin’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Austin Wayne Self Buckled In for a Week of Racing Across America

On Monday September 1st, as America celebrated Labor Day, the ARCA Racing Series revved their engines on the dirt track at DuQuoin.  To mark his second start on dirt Austin Wayne Self qualified the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge10th for the race. During the pace laps Austin Wayne Self was forced to move to the back of the pack due to changing their wheel position.“I was penalized before the race even started because I stopped to fix my steering wheel, they made me start last which was a major obstacle to overcome. Before we even got after it, we had already hit a roadblock. But every time I have to start from the back I look at it like a challenge, I like having to really race.”-AWS

IMG_3266By the first caution Austin Wayne Self was running P19. On the restart the 22 made an aggressive advance towards the front of the field scoring the 17 spot. By lap 40 AWS had entered the top 15. “We did a good job staying out of trouble. We struggled trying to get the car off the corner but I learned a lot. I was happy to bring the car home in one piece. I learned the fundamentals of dirt racing and how to drive it in the corner and keep the momentum in the corner. I gained a grasp of what it feels like to be running good on dirt when we were making passes but mistakes were made outside the car which hurt us.”

The 22 team worked through 6 pit stops during the 100 lap race. “During one of our pit stops the pit crew made some big mistakes, we put rounds in the right rear and we were a little bit tight and didn’t loosen up till the end of the race. During the actual pit stop the jackman started lifting and we fell off. That didn’t help us but we were confident we could race it out.”

With only 3 laps to go Austin Wayne Self raced the 22 into top 10 contention and maintained the run to the checkered flag.  “I was just happy the race was over, It was a hard race on everyone. I am ready to get back to Salem, get into the car for testing and definitely excited to get back to my home track.”-AWS

With another top 10 in the books Austin Wayne Self is currently P6 in season points standings, leading the Scotts Rookie Challenge, and has racked 12 top 10 finishes in the 2014 racing season. “I can’t thank AM Technical Solutions, or Cunningham Racing enough. We still have a few races left, and the goal is always set to get that first win- but what we have done so far this season is a major accomplishment.

“The race at DuQuoin went well, we started it out strong and considering we had to start from the back- it shows what a good car we had. Austin is learning, he is learning how to race these tracks and he’s learning how to handle this kind of racing. That was a major accomplishment, and he did a good job saving his equipment.” – Chad Bryant Crew Chief

IMG_3318On Wednesday September 3rd Austin Wayne Self spent the day at Kansas Motor Speedway with the 22 AMTS Cunningham Dodge team. Their focus was to test their race setup for the final race of the 2014 ARCA season. “This track is fast, it will be a good track to race side by side on. I think once we work on our setup we will be a factor come race day. I watched old races before we got here and I had an idea of what we needed to do. I got some advice from Tom (Hessert) and I just tried to not overthink it. This is a fast big track. At the bigger tracks we race at it’s important to point and direct the car right. We have to arc into the corner and cut down to the bottom of the track. We ran in the top 5 for the majority of the day during our test.  I started to feel the motion and the momentum.”-AWS

“The testing at Kansas was fair. You could see Austin got the hang of it, and we have put together a really strong car for that race. The field running from Cunningham Motorsports for that Kansas race will be dominant there’s no doubt about that.”- Chad Bryant Crew Chief

As if he weren’t in the car enough, Austin Wayne Self will gain even more seat time this weekend as he returns to the great state of Texas. AWS will race in the Late Model this weekend at his home track Central Texas Speedway.

“I like getting back to my roots! I can have fun and race hard. I don’t have to worry about anything when I’m out there it’s just about winning, no points no pressure. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

On Monday Austin Wayne Self will visit Salem Speedway for another ARCA series test. That will make for 4 tracks, in 4 states, in 8 days. Salem is one of Austin Wayne Self’s best tracks, with their highest performance record. “There are major changes on the horizon that we will have to adjust quickly to. These next few weeks are really busy and we are trying to focus on adjusting quicky and efficiently between these races and tests. This final push is training me to be in the best driving condition of my life, and I’m really thankful I get to do what I love every day.” –AWS

 “Salem is one of our best tracks, we should be a threat for a win and our testing will only help us get there.” – Chad Bryant

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Austin Wayne Self Rocks Dirt Track Debut at Illinois State Fairground and Increases His Lead for the ARCA Scott Rookie of the Year Title

Austin Wayne Self overcame obstacles, tackled the odds and fought adversity to nail down a top 10 finish in his first ever dirt track race in the ARCA series. Austin Wayne Self also earned himself a more than comfortable lead in the race for the 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year title.

 “It’s cool to be so close to locking up the Scott Rookie of the Year Challenge- being rookie of the year would be a great honor and our team has worked really hard for this one!” -AWS

Dirt Track State FairAfter hitting the wall during practice the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Team had to rally to prep a new car for the race. The odds proved to be in their favor and after starting 22nd the 22 car raced its way around the slick dirt track and came home with a top 10 finish.

“We struggled with getting the car back on track, we worked so hard to get back out there it looked like it was going to be an uphill battle, but once we got out there I had a blast! I really like that style of racing, dirt track racing just feels good and when I got the hang of it – it was so fun!” – AWS

 This weekend the ARCA series will race into Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin for 200 laps on the ½ mile paved oval.

“I’m really excited to get to another short track. Both our second place finishes we’ve scored our best this season. We have confidence stepping onto the track and that’s what you’re going to see. We will be a factor in this race.” -AWS

The race will air Live on CBS Sports at 3:00pm Eastern. For live race weekend updates and for behind the scenes photos check out the Austin Wayne Self Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/AustinWSelf

The 22 Team Looks to Chicago for a Change in Their Luck!

The 22 AM Technical Solutions Cunningham Motorsports Dodge team has moved on from Winchester Speedway and is now shifting their focus to Chicagoland Speedway.

Austin Wayne Self celebrated the July 4th weekend in an ALL AMERICAN fashion, by racing American made Stock Cars! Self kicked off the weekend with practice on July 5th where the 22 team made adjustments throughout the day and focused on getting the car exactly where they wanted it. Austin Wayne Self ran p9 throughout practice with speeds reaching 108 MPH and lap times in the mid 16’s. Later that day during qualifying AWS ran speeds topping 110 MPH, though due to mechanical obstacles earlier in the day could only salvage a P14 starting position for the race.

Crew Chief Chad Bryant commented, “Winchester was not the performance we were looking for. It was disappointing for sure but we have to move forward to next week at Chicago. Chicago is going to be a really good weekend for us! We ran really well there last year with Ryan Blaney and I expect an improved performance this year with Austin. Chicago is a 1.5 mile track and our performance has been really good at those types of tracks this year. The whole CMS 22 team is working diligently to improve our performance this 2nd half of the season and Chicago should show a good result.”

Austin Wayne Self explained, “We were really optimistic entering this race, because of last year’s success. Unfortunately we struggled in practice, and didn’t get to make a mock run so we qualified outside of our target. I think given a few more laps we may have been able to make a run at it. If we would have had an earlier caution we would have raced for the win. We’ll chalk this one up as an experience run and move on.”

Austin wrapped up the weekend with a 10th place showing and resolved to be back in the fight starting at Chicago! Next on the schedule the ARCA racing series heads to Chicagoland Speedway. This track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. This track exhibits 18 degrees of banking in the turns creating for a momentum building run!

Austin Wayne Self said, “I am excited about Chicago. We are good at the 1.5 mile tracks, and the 22 has been fast there in past years. This will be where we make strides. With the past few weekends we’ve had, I feel like we need to bring the bar up. We are hunting for wins now and focusing on learning. I am appreciative of all that Cunningham has been doing to put me in fast cars, we’ve just had some bad luck, and we are gonna turn it around.”

Moving on to Chicago Austin Wayne Self is stationed 7th in points and currently leading the rookie of the year standings. AWS has collected 6 top 10’s in 7 starts.
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You can also watch the race live on Fox Sports 2- Sat 07/19/2014 06:00 PM FS2 EST.
Below is the schedule of dates and time the race will re-air:
Sat 07/19/2014 03:00 AM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING
Sun 07/20/2014 02:00 PM FS2 2.0 ARCA RACING
Mon 07/21/2014 03:00 PM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING
Tue 07/22/2014 11:00 AM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING

Austin and Crew Race Toward NJMP

As the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Rolls into New Jersey, Austin Wayne Self feels confident for this season’s first road course. New Jersey Motorsports Park is a 2.3 mile track with 12 challenging turns, and a half mile straightway. This will be Austin’s second start at this track.

In 2013 AWS and the 22 Cunningham Race Team started 25th after an engine change.  AWS rallied from the 25th spot to secure a 10th place overall finish for the day. This 15 position advance throughout the race showed the team’s intrepid passing efficiency and Austin’s advanced road course skills attributable to his stint in world karting. In that race AWS exhibited the highest passing ratio of any driver within the field, and this year the 22 Team will certainly be a front runner at New Jersey Motorsports park.

Currently Austin Wayne Self is sitting 7th in season standings with 3 top 10’s in 4 starts. Austin Wayne Self is also leading Rookie of the Year standings.

Austin Wayne Self Commented:

Q: Your thoughts moving towards NJMP?

“I am excited to get back out there in the ARCA car. We are focusing on our point standings and Scott Rookie of the Year points. It’s important for us to move forward.”

 Q: Considering you moved forward 15 spots in 2013, do you think you have a shot at the win this year?

“Definitely. We want to race clean and be there at the end of the race. If we can get through qualifying- our 22 AMTS Dodge will already be ahead of where we were at last year, so I think we will be the team to lookout for this go around.”

 Q: What do you think about NJMP?

“It’s a really fast track and you get to use the curbs a lot, which I like. My karting has helped my road course racing, it comes naturally when I show up at NJMP which gives me an edge over the competition.”

 Q: What will be your primary focus this weekend?

“I’m really focusing on hitting my marks the entire weekend. It helps me win races and move forward in the pack strategically.”

Chad Bryant, Crew Chief on the 22 car navigated Austin towards an excellent showing in 2013 and we can only expect more success in 2014.

Chad Bryant explained, “The road course at New Jersey offers various challenges to stock cars and their set up. Typically we run oval tracks where we can concentrate our efforts on turning left.  New Jersey is very challenging for us to make the car really good in both left and right corners.”

“The vehicle that we will be using this week is a car with its intention and purpose built for road coarse racing. This car has features built into it that allow us to be better in the right handers. The cars that we use on a regular basis has a high left side weight percentage for left hand corners, this car is equal weight left to right with the driver in it.”

“Aside from set up, the team will have to utilize strategy this weekend in order to keep track position for the end of the race.  Track position is crucial to having a good finish because it is very difficult to pass on a road course. Our fuel mileage window is something we will be observantly monitoring. The teams will have eight tires in the pits this week at their disposal, conservation and usage will also be a dynamic in our strategy.”

“I am looking forward to going back to New Jersey Motorsports Park this year. After the test we had earlier this month, it was evident that our performance is where it should be. The car was a lot more comfortable for Austin than last year’s car was, and with Austin’s maturity and confidence growing each and every race, I think we are going to be a factor in the race at New Jersey.” –Chad Bryant, Cunningham Motorsports, #22 Crew Chief.

The race at New Jersey Motorsports Park will take the green June 01, 2014, at 01:00 PM Eastern Time. For live timing and scoring check: www.ARCARacing.com

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Austin Wayne Self Closes out Mobile on the Rise

“Given a few more laps we would have been fighting for the win.” –AWS

Austin Wayne Self left Mobile Speedway with a P12 finish, and is eagerly climbing the points chart. The 22 AM Dodge qualified 5th with a 17.951 lap time at 100.273 MPH. “We worked really hard to get the car to work for us, we made some really good pit stops, and our team never gave up. We should have finished higher but I am happy with how we did. The 68 car got into my rear and turned me around, which was a huge obstacle for our team- we came back from that and it showed how strong our team is.” –AWS

The Cunningham race team was challenged by the dynamics of the day but certainly rose to the occasion! “We had great communication the entire time.” –AWS There was a mutual line of expectation that the team and Austin set forth and met for this race. “Moving into Salem, I know we are ready. We have all the components necessary and in line to compete for a championship and now it’s about racking up points.” –AWS

The 22 AM Dodge will now be headed to Salem Speedway where Austin Wayne Self is optimistic and is counting on making a run for the win! For updates follow Austin on twitter @AustinWSelf and on Facebook.com/AustinWSelf .