Austin Wayne Self’s Solid Day Spoiled Late at Pocono

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 31, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self seemingly enroute to his second-consecutive solid NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) outing, finished 25th at Pocono Raceway after parts failure spoiled his day during the closing stages of Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150.

Self, in charge of his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, started from the 21st position (based on practice results) after pole qualifying was scrubbed due to early morning rain.  Showing speed, the NCWTS rookie quickly raced his way inside the top-15 by lap-10 of the 60-lap event.

A day which saw a race record nine cautions totaling 27-circuits around Pocono’s 2.5-mile triangle, Self would pit under the fourth caution taking tires and fuel on lap-25.  Armed with a solid handing Toyota Tundra, Self, restarting 16th, would work his way inside the top-10 before being slowed by the fifth caution of the day on lap-27.

Restarting ninth on lap-31, Self and his AM Racing were on the move until the No.86 truck cut down and moved Self to the flat sending him spinning without damage.  Losing valuable position Self would pit for a new set of Goodyear tires before restarting 20th.

With crew chief Rick Ren in his ear, Self stays calm and goes back to work, climbing back up into 16th position before the seventh caution of the day once again slowed the field.  Electing to stay out while a few front runners pitted, Self, picked-up three spots during the yellow flag.

With momentum building again, the green flag waived on lap-44 with Self in the 13th spot.  But soon after the restart the No. 44 truck trailing Self reports the No.22 may have issues with the rear axel – under green Self is forced down pit road for service.  Losing valuable track position the AM Racing  jumped into action diagnosing and replacing the left rear axel cap on Self’s truck.

Self would re-enter the race on lap-48 – four laps down in the 25th positon.  On the record setting ninth caution of the race coming on lap-53, Self, once again with direction from his crew chief is told to salvage his day – run his own race and avoid any chaos on the final restart – and bring his truck home in one piece.   Self would do just that settling for a 25th place finish.

“We had a really solid day ruined by bad luck,” said Self.  Today was typical of every race I’ve had here at Pocono.  I’ve been here a handful of times in the ARCA Series and it seems every time I run well something causes us to finish in the back.”Pocono

“I really hate it for our guys – this entire AM Technical Solutions Toyota team did a heck of a job preparing a great truck for me today.  We ran in the top-15 consistently throughout the day until the left rear axel cap broke.  It’s disappointing but we come out of here learning a bunch and overall stronger as a group.  We’ve assembled a great team – everyone gives 100% and refuses to settle.  We’ll be ready to take on Bristol in a couple weeks.”

The race which featured five different leaders was won by fellow Toyota driver William Byron.

Self maintains his 16th position in the NCWTS driver point standings.

The AM Racing will regroup and prepare for the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 17.

 

 

Austin Wayne Self Gears Up For The Tricky Triangle

04 Feb 2016 - Testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Austin Wayne Self (Tami Kelly Pope)

Austin Wayne Self

No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Age: 20

2016 NCWTS Stats:

  • 2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th
  • 2016 Rookie of the Year Standings – 10th
  • Average Starting Position: 23.7
  • Average Finish: 20th
  • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

Pocono Raceway Race Notes:
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will visit Pocono Raceway for the seventh time since its 2010 inaugural race. Known as the “Tricky Triangle”, Pocono is known best for its unique 2.5 mile paved configuration.   #WhatTurn4
Pocono Raceway Race Quote:
“I’m really excited to get back at it this weekend at Pocono.  We’re riding a lot of momentum after last week’s finish at Eldora.  And now we’ve added Rick (Ren) into the mix as crew chief.  Rick is one of the best all-time and gives us a huge advantage moving forward.  The knowledge and leadership he possess will make an immediate impact on our team.  I’m looking forward to working with him and benefitting from all his knowledge.”  Austin Wayne Self

Pocono Raceway Team Notes:
Rick Ren, a two-time championship NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief has joined AM Racing and will serve as Austin Wayne Self’s crew chief in the No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2016 NCWTS season.
Ren who won two NCWTS championships in 2007 and 2009 with driver Ron Hornaday Jr. has 326 recorded starts as crew chief, earning 28 wins, 114 top-5’s and 199 top-10 finishes over a span of 19 years.  During his decorated career, Ren has worked in all three NASCAR Touring Series with drivers such as Ricky Craven, Denny Hamlin, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ward Burton, Dale Jarrett, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick to name a few.

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Track: Pocono Raceway

Race: Pocono Mountains 150 60-Laps/150 Miles (NCWTS Event 12 of 23)

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Broadcast Information: 1PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS

Practice: Friday, July 29

  • First Practice: 12:30PM-1:55PM  Live on FS1
  • Final Practice: 3:00PM-3:55PM Live on FS1

NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying:

  • Saturday, July 30 Live on Fox Sports 1

Pocono Raceway Specifications:
Superspeedway: 2.5 mile tri-oval

Banking: turn 1: 14 degrees; turn 2: 8 degrees; turn 3: 6 degrees;

Straights: Front – 3740 feet; Long Pond (between turns 1 and 2) – 3055 feet; North (between turns 2 and 3) – 1780 feet
Three Different Turns at Pocono:

Turn One is modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway

Turn Two is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Turn Three is similar to The Milwaukee Mile

 

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Austin Wayne Self Earns 10th Top-10 Finish of 2015, Moves Into Second Place in Championship Points Race

Pocono (Mooresville, NC, August 3, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports earned his 10th top-10 of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season at the Pocono Raceway, Saturday afternoon. Self finished a career best seventh in four starts at the Pocono Raceway.

“Seventh isn’t the finish we wanted to leave Pocono with,” Self said after the 50 lap event. “We had a great strategy pitting under the first caution. Unfortunately the caution came out with 20 laps remaining and that changed our hand.”

“We were able to avoid the big accident on lap one and come away with a top-10 finish.”

“Big picture wise it was a great day, we moved into second in points. I’m looking forward to heading back to another short track next weekend at Berlin.”

Friday afternoon in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell Self timed in ninth quickest for the 50 lap event on Saturday.

When the green flag waved at Pocono mayhem quickly followed on the first lap. Several of the front running cars were involved in an accident in turn two. Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 through the carnage unscathed.

Pocono_1Crew chief Danny Johnson brought Self down pit-road under the caution for fuel only. Self would restart in the 18th position. Two laps after the lap nine restart Self worked his way back into the top-10 in the eighth position.

Self continued to work his way through the field and moved back into the top-five at lap 18. Self would race his way into the third position until the second and final caution of the afternoon waved at lap 27 for debris.

Self would bring his No. 98 car down pit-road one final time for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self would pass two cars during the final three laps to secure a seventh place finish and his 10th top-10 finish of the 2015 ARCA season.

With the finish Self moved into a tie for second place in ARCA championship points with Tommy Hessert. Self now trails point leader Grant Enfinger by 185 points with six races remaining in the 2015 schedule.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Federated Auto Parts 200 at the Berlin Raceway Saturday, August 8th beginning at 8:50 p.m. ET. The ARCA Radio Network will have a live audio call of the race at arcaracing.com. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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