Austin Wayne Self Sets New Career Best in First NASCAR Dirt Race Appearance

eldora1Austin, Texas (July 21, 2016) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) dialed up a mid-week classic with the 4th annual Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway.

Featuring the sole dirt track race on NASCAR’s schedule, Wednesday night’s event in Rossburg, Ohio, was met with a tremendous amount of fanfare as spectators packed the grandstands early for the highly anticipated dirt track event.

For Austin Wayne Self, making his first NCWTS career dirt track start, expectations were realistic as he hoped to simply gain experience and finish the race unscathed.  However, with strong backing from his team, the 20-year old, Self, impressed in his first ever appearance at Eldora Speedway scoring a career best – ninth-place finish in his dirt derby debut.  Dirt track ace and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Kyle Larson, won the 150-lap event.

“Tonight was a great night for this all new AM Racing team,” said Self.  “Total team effort!  I can’t thank my guys enough, Terry, Brian, Greg and especially my car chief, Bill Henderson, who stepped into the role of crew chief this week and devised a plan and strategy that worked out perfectly.  Coming into this week I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations.  There’s a lot of guys out here with a ton of dirt racing experience – and there’s drivers like me with very little.  I was just hoping to survive – but earning my first top-10 finish at a track like this is really cool.”

Starting from the main event from the 28th position in his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, Self, would begin his ascent through the field from the moment the green flag dropped.  Committed to running the low to middle groove around the tight half-mile dirt oval, Self was able to make his truck stick on the slick track while navigating his way through traffic passing many experienced top rated dirt track drivers.

“I’m really proud of this entire team for all their hard work.  We found a groove we really liked and were able to have a lot of fun out there tonight.  The lower groove really worked out for us.  Bill (Henderson) was on the radio all night reminding me to run down low and protect the bottom. That was our strategy from the beginning.  Our truck responded – and we had great results.  I just can’t say enough how proud I am of everyone on this team,” added Self.

With his top-10 finish, Self gained two spots moving into the 16th position in the overall NCWTS point standings.eldoaa

Up next for the Austin Wayne Self and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 30.

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Be sure to visit 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.

 

Austin Wayne Self headed to Eldora Speedway

2016 NCWTS Stats:

2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 18th 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th Average Starting Position: 23rd Average Finish: 21.2 Best Finish: 13th (Texas Motor Speedway)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make its annual appearance at Eldora Speedway for the single dirt race of the season.  Known as the MudSummer Classic, Eldora is one of the premier race events of the season.

“Eldora is one of those places that anything can happen.  Running on dirt, especially on a tight – one groove track will make for an exciting night. This is my first time on dirt in the truck – it will be a learning experience for sure.”  Austin Wayne Self Texas Humor

AM Racing is proud to welcome new team partner, Texas Humor. Texas Humor, an apparel company based in Austin, Texas, manufactures a wide-variety of Texas inspired clothes for folks who live in a Texas state of mind. Printed and shipped from deep in the heart of Texas, these clothes are tough, just like our great state. For more information visit www.TXHUMOR.com

“Texas Humor and Sauceda Industries are proud to be a sponsoring partner of AM Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. We’re a young company and are excited to be partnering with a young driver who will be the future of the sport. Most importantly, we’re proud to be helping a fellow Texan,” said Jay Sauceda- Founder/Owner

Track: Eldora Speedway

Race: Aspen Dental Dirt Derby (Mud-Summer Classic) 150-Laps/75 Miles (NCWTS Event 11 of 23) Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Broadcast Information: 9PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1

Practice: Tuesday, July 19

First Practice: 6:30PM-7:55PM Final Practice: 9:00PM-9:55PM

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: Wednesday, July 20 Live on Fox Sports 1

7 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series First Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:09 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Second Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:18 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Third Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:27 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fourth Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 7:36 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fifth Qualifying Race (10 laps), FS1 (Follow live) 8:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Last Chance Qualifying Race (15 laps), FS1 (Follow live)

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.