Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions S’loonshine 98.9 Preview

2(Mooresville, N.C.  October 14, 2015-)

2014 Scott Rookie of The Year Austin Wayne Self will complete his second full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Friday evening in the S’loonshine 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway.

Self has shown steadily improvement in 2015, including capturing first career ARCA win in June at the famous Winchester Speedway.

Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) enters the finale sitting third in ARCA championship points. The Austin, Texas native sits 60 points behind second place Josh Williams, with a solid performance the 19-year-old could finish as high as second in points.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs in 2015,” Self stated. “We had a lot of bad luck after Winchester that set us back in the points a little bit. I would love nothing more than to finish the season in victory lane for AMTS, Pirate Energy and MMM. They have all stuck with me all season long and they all deserve another trip to victory lane.”

“I really enjoy racing at Kansas, it’s my favorite 1.5 mile track that we race at. Last year I was battling for the lead and unfortunately we got caught up in an incident.”

Self will have plenty of fans cheering him on Friday evening. He will have over 30 representatives from AMTS in attendance for the final race of the 2015 season.1

““We are excited about the race at Kansas Speedway and are hopeful to seeing the AM Technical Solutions car being in Victory Lane,” Tim Glasson SVP of Corporate Development for AMTS stated.“We have several business associates coming to the race for a networking event and are looking for a great showing. We are proud to sponsor Austin and are excited about what the future holds for him.”

Self also heads into the final race leading the S&S Volo Long Haul Award. The award is presented to the driver at the end of the year ARCA awards banquet who completes the most laps during the season. Self has completed 2,593 of 2,628 laps (98.1%).

Chassis: Self will race chassis No.  614 out of the MMM stable. Self last raced the chassis last month at the Kentucky Speedway to an 11th place finish. The chassis has three starts in 2015 earning two top-ten finishes.

The Full Throttle S’loonshine 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway will be live on Fox Sports 1 Friday, October 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. CST. . ARCA will also provide live timing and scoring at Arcaracing.com will for all on-track activity.

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.
awsracing.com/

Austin Wayne Self Post Race Report: SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

AWSRacing_Springfield(Mooresville, NC, August 24, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) positioned himself for a solid top-five finish in the ChevySuperStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon.

Self was battling for a top-five finish on the final lap when mayhem ensued in the final corner. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year was caught up in a last lap incident relegating him to 10th in the final running order.

“I knew it was going to get crazy during that restart with two laps to go,” Self stated. “Anything goes on the final lap and everyone was battling hard in turn four and a couple of guys made contact and unfortunately we got caught up in the wreck. Our car was really good on the long runs, I wished we had a long green flag run to finish the race.”

“It’s unfortunate, we positioned ourselves inside the top-five all day long and to have it slip away in the final corner is very disappointing. These guys at MMM work around the clock to prepare good racecars.”

“We still have four more races to get back to victory lane in 2015. I think we’re going to be pretty strong down the stretch.”

Rain was the name of the theme Sunday morning at the 1.0 mile dirt track shortening ARCA practice by 25 minutes and canceling Menards pole qualifying. That meant the field would lineup based off of 2015 owners points placing Self fifth on the grid for the 100 lap event.

When the green flag waved on the 16th race of the 2015 season the caution quickly waved as the field was slowed by two early cautions in the first 12 laps.

Springfield_2On the ensuing restart at lap 14 Self would get trapped on the outside line and lose three spots pushing him back to the seventh position. The Austin, Texas native would exert patience and worked his way around the 69 and 16 to move back into the top five before the caution waved for the third time at lap 31.

Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road for four Hoosier racing tires and fuel. The No. 98 team sent AWS back to the track in the sixth spot.

Self spent the second half of the race saving his equipment positioning himself for a sprint to the finish. Self began catching Frank Kimmel and Josh Williams for the runner-up spot at lap 75. Self was able to move around Kimmel before smoke erupted from the back of the No. 25 car which would bring out the caution.

A series of late race cautions set up a two lap sprint to the checkered flag. Self was battling for a top-five finish in turn four on the final lap when drivers made contact and the second year driver got caught up in the incident. Self’s No. 98 would sustain right front damage and would cross the finish line in the 10th spot.

With his 12th top-10 finish of the 2015 season Self was able to gain valuable championship points on leader Grant Enfinger who finished 21st and now trails Enfinger by 180 points with four races remaining in the 2015 season.

The ARCA Racing Series will enjoy a weekend off before gearing up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at the “Magic Mile” the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday, September 7th. The race will be live on the ARCA Radio Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.awsracing.com/

Media Contact

Tim Clagg: 419-889-5124

Email: tim@masonmitchellmotorsports.com

Austin Wayne Self SuperChevyStores.com 100 Event Preview

SuperChevyStores.com 100 Event Preview

(Mooresville, N.C.  August 17th, 2015-) After an off weekend for Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) it’s back to work this Sunday, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds located in Springfield, Illinois.

awsTheSuperChevyStores.com 100 marks the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 53rd race at the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds and marks the first of two dirt races for the 2015 season.

AWS has two prior starts on dirt during the 2014 season. Both starts resulted in two top-ten finishes for the Austin, Texas native.

“The dirt races on the ARCA schedule are truly unique,” Self stated. “It’s a one day show with only an hour practice, then qualifying and then the race in the early afternoon. If you have a problem in practice or qualifying it could be a long day.”

“I don’t have a lot of dirt experience in stock cars but I really love the racing and the challenges that it presents. The entire MMM team has worked hard to prepare the car for this weekend. I know we will be in the thick of things come Sunday.”

With five events remaining on the 2015 ARCA schedule, Self sits second in driver points trailing leader Grant Enfinger by 225.

Through 15 events in 2015 the season, the 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year’s earned one win, six top-five finishes with 11 top-tens.aws2

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 037 out of the MMM stable. MMM purchased the car from Turner Motorsports in the 2014 offseason.

AWS on Dirt: AWS has two prior starts on dirt in the ARCA Racing Series both coming last year. AWS earned 2 top-ten finishes in the dirt races one year ago.

The ARCA Racing Series gears up for the first of two dirt races as the series rolls into the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the SuperChevyStores.com  100  on Sunday, August 23rd. The race will be live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.awsracing.com/

Austin Wayne Self Post Race Report: Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway

aws1(Mooresville, NC, August 10, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford, finished fifth in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) Saturday evening.

The finish marked Self’s sixth top-five of the 2015 season and his third top-five finish in three starts at the 4/10 mile track located in Marne, Michigan.

We worked at making the car better all day,” Self stated after the race. “I wish the finish was more than a one lap shootout at the end. I believe we could have ended up with a top-three finish.”

“This MMM crew worked all day to make the car better and we made it better during the race, unfortunately we just ran out of laps.”

“I can’t thank everyone enough at AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and MMM for staying behind us all year. I am ready for some dirt racing in two weeks.”

Earlier Saturday in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell Self timed in eighth quickest turning a lap of 16.997 or 92.769 MPH.

When the green flag waved on the 15th race of the 2015 season Self wasted no time working his way around four cars on the first lap to move into fourth.

Self continued to race in the fourth positon until bringing his No. 98 down pit-road under the evening’s second caution at lap 57 for two right-side tires.aws2

During the evenings longest green flag run (84) laps Self fell back to the seventh position and off the lead lap. When the caution waved for the third time at lap 145 it allowed Self to receive the “free pass” and get back on the lead lap.

Self would continue to move back to the front during the final 50 laps and would cross the finish line in the fifth position.

With his sixth top-five of 2015 Self has claimed sole possession of 2nd in ARCA championship points. He now trails point leader Grant Enfinger by 225 points with five races remaining in the 2015 schedule. AWS also sits second in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track challenge point standings unofficially 10 points behind Kyle Weatherman.

The ARCA Racing Series will enjoy a weekend off before heading to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Super Chevy Stores 100 on Sunday, August 23rd. The race will be live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

 

Self Heads Back to His Roots for The First Race of the Season at His Home Track

Austin Wayne Self heads back to his home tack this weekend for it’s first race event of the 2015 season. During his busy ARCA Racing Series schedule Self still wanted time throughout the season to come back to his roots. His team decided to add five of the nine Central Texas Speedway race events to his 30-plus, race schedule. It’s Self’s way of reminding himself where this “Road to NASCAR” journey got started a few years back. It’s also an excuse for the Texas native to go home every once in a while to spend some time with friends and family since moving to North Carolina.

LateModel“I always love coming back to Texas to race the Pro Late Model races at CTS. I get good seat time and experience but it still feels like a quick break from the busy ARCA schedule. A lot of my original fans are here too so I always enjoy getting to visit with them when they come to the track! It’s cool to hear their stories about following my races on TV. They make me feel like a local celebrity”– Austin Wayne Self

While Self considers coming home for the CTS race a quick break, his schedule doesn’t seem to be letting up any. Self will travel to Nashville to test the #98 AM Technical Solutions Ford that he pilots in the ARCA series. He will return to Texas only to hop into the seat of his #07 Pirate Energy Pro Late Model to practice Friday evening and then race Saturday, March 28th.

“The CTS races are fun for me and my family and friends. Since I’m not running the full series, there’s a way more laid back feel. It’s competitive but it’s more stress free compared to my ARCA races. I love my ARCA races too but, competing for two Championships in that series puts a little bit more pressure on you. People always ask what I do in my spare time and this is it. If I’m not in an ARCA car I find something else to race around in” – AWS

Self_Win_CTSThis will be the first race that local Texas fans will be able to meet and greet with Austin since receiving his 2014 SCOTT Rookie of the Year Title award. Fans can also expect a familiar local energy shot drink to be featured on this year’s #07 Pro Late Model. Pirate Energy representatives will be making their way to CTS to watch their car take laps around the track. The Pirate Energy girls will of course be there as well to hand out sleep deprived drivers, crews and fans a tasty energy boost.

Self won the final Pro Late Model race of the 2014 CTS season. He hopes to spark a winning streak and start 2015 off right. Self currently sits 3rd in Championship points in the ARCA Series after just two races. He also holds the fourth position for the series’ new Short Track Challenge. A win at CTS this weekend would give Self great momentum going into the second short track race of the ARCA season at Nashville. It will be a race that local Texas race fans will not want to miss!

 

Follow Austin on facebook and twitter for behind the scenes updates, pictures and videos from tracks all around the country.

www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

www.twitter.com/AustinWSelf