SELF SWEPT UP IN BIG WRECK, DASHING HOPES FOR VICTORY AT DAYTONA

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 20, 2016)– At Daytona International Speedway, the line between putting oneself in strong position to challenge for possible race victory and being swept up in a mess not of one’s making is razor-thin, as rookie Austin Wayne Self discovered en route to a 19th place finish in the NCWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday.

Self, a rookie who qualified 19th for the season-opening race in his No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra, displayed patience and poise in a steady progression toward the front of the pack, charging into the top-10 by the race’s halfway mark and to a 6th-place spot with just over thirty laps to go.

aws2Self maintained strong competitive position as the laps wound down and the pack tightened, running on the fringe of the top-10 with ten laps remaining. Then, the big-wreck bite for which Daytona is known reared its head, gobbling up sixteen trucks in twisted collision carnage, including Self’s, which sustained major left side damage. The pileup pulled Self from the lead pack and ended any shot at possible victory.

“We had a great run going all night with our No. 22 AM Technical Solutions /Black’s BBQ Toyota, and I’m so proud of our team for all of their hard work,” Self said. “We were running up there just outside the top-5 for a while, running with the leaders, but we just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when the wreck occurred. It was one of those things that was out of our control. It’s unfortunate, because our guys had worked so hard and given me a really strong truck to drive. I’m proud of their effort in getting the truck fixed so that I was able to get back out there and finish the race.”

Next up for Self and the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions/Black’s BBQ Toyota Tundra is the Great Clips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, February 27. The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 4:30pm EST. Race coverage may also be heard on MRN Radio.

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SELF READY FOR BATTLE IN DAYTONA DEBUT

 

Austin Wayne Self heads for the high banks of world-famous Daytona International Speedway and his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday with focus and determination that belies his rookie status.

“We’re going to Daytona with one goal, and that’s to win the race,” said Self, driver of the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota Tundra. “Our team prides itself on strong performance under pressure, and doing well at Daytona demands that. We’ll give our all until the checkered flag and see how things unfold for us.”

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

“The opportunity to race at Daytona is incredibly exciting,” Self said, “but you have to find a way to keep those emotions under control and stay poised. If you stay focused on doing your work the right way, you give yourself the best shot to be in position for something special to happen.”

Self, who finished second in the ARCA Racing Series standings last season, has been on a fast track to the upper levels of NASCAR competition. He is grateful for the continued strong support of fellow passengers who’ve been there for his ride.

“I’ve had outstanding support from family and friends from my earliest days racing go-karts, and I’m thankful to all of them for it,” he said. “We have a great group of partners including AM Technical Solutions that is committed to winning, and it means a lot to me. It’s been a crazy journey, and it seems surreal to have the opportunity to race in the NCWTS at Daytona. Hopefully, we can make ‘em all proud with our performance there.”

“We’re so excited to be sponsoring Austin and the No. 22 truck at what is arguably the most famous track on the NASCAR circuit, and to have our brand connected to the incredible history of Daytona,” said Kelly McAndrew, Chairman of AM Technical Solutions. “Daytona provides an enormous challenge for drivers, and we know Austin will be prepared to compete at a high level.”

Among Self’s family of supporters at Daytona on Friday will be a special guest of honor.

Todd Fringer served as a Scout Platoon Sergeant with the 82nd airborne division in the Gulf War, and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. The story of how Fringer overcame the injury to push far beyond the life limitations doctors envisioned for him because of it continues to inspire.

Tune into Fox Sports 1 Friday February 19th @ 7:30PM eastern standard time Or MRN Radio to listen live.

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Post Kentucky Race Report

AWS_OnTrack(Mooresville, NC, September 28, 2015–) Every lap counts in racing and Austin Wayne Self proved that theory to be true Saturday afternoon in the Crosley Brands 150 at the Kentucky Speedway.

Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) gained seven positions during the course of the final 50 laps to finish 11th at the conclusion of the 100 laps.

Those positions proved to be vital as Self was able to move into third place in ARCA championship standings with one race remaining in the 2015 ARCA season. Self trails second place driver Josh Williams by 60 points heading into the finale at the Kansas Speedway on October 16th.

“We battled a tight condition all weekend long,” Self stated. “Our car was good for five to ten laps and then it was quite a handful. The MMM crew made great changes during the race and it helped the cars handling a lot.”

“We have a great opportunity to end up second in points at Kansas.” It’s going to take a complete team effort, I know everyone on this MMM team will provide me with the best opportunity to end up in victory lane.”

AWS_PreRace“I really want to end the season on a positive note for AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and everyone on this MMM team. Kansas is my favorite mile and a half track that we race on. I am looking forward to finishing the season on a positive note.

The Crosley 150 at the Kentucky Speedway was postponed until Saturday afternoon due to a consistent rain Friday evening.

Self has one win in the 2015 season at the Winchester Speedway in June. The second year driver will look to avenge a late race crash at the Kansas Speedway in 2014 while battling for the race lead late.

The ARCA Racing Series has raced at the Kansas Speedway since the track opened in 2001. The October 16th event will mark the Series 15th race at the 1.5 mile track.

The 2015 ARCA finale will take place on October 16th at the Kansas Speedway for the Kansas 98.9. Fans will be able to watch the final event of the 2015 season on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST. ARCA will also provide live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

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AWS Pre-Race Report: Kentucky Speedway

Kentucky_Practice(Mooresville, N.C.  September 2, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM ) is ready to bounce back in the “Blue Grass” state after a stretch of recent bad luck.

The ARCA Racing Series will make it its 23rd trip to the 1.5 mile track located in Sparta, Kentucky for the Crosley Brands 150 Friday evening.

“I am ready to get back racing after this stretch of tough luck,” Self stated.

Last weekend, Self was running among the top-five when he encountered a clutch problem and was relegated to a 16th place finish at the Salem Speedway.

By finishing 16th at Salem last weekend Self secured third overall in the first ever Calypso Short Track Challenge for the ARCA Racing Series.

AutographSession_ShortTrackSpotlight“We’ve had fast cars all season long, unfortunately we’ve had some bad luck here the last couple of races. I can’t thank everyone at MMM, AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy for their continued support.”

“Kentucky is a fun track for drivers to race on. You really have to have a good handling racecar especially going over the bumps in turns one and two.”

“We have two solid track to finish the year at Kentucky and the Kansas Speedway, I believe that we have a great chance to get back to victory lane before the end of the 2015 season.”

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 614 out of the MMM stable. Self last raced the chassis at the Iowa Speedway in July, he raced the car to a sixth place finish. The chassis has two starts earning two top-ten finishes.

Kentucky_Practice2The ARCA Racing Series will return to the Kentucky Speedway Friday evening September 25th for the Crosley Brands 150. Fans will be able to watch the race live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00p.m. EST. ARCA will also have live timing and scoring on Arcaracing.com for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy

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ACE Asphalt Joins the AWS Racing Team For Remainder of ARCA Season

Texas Company, ACE Asphalt, Becomes a Figurative Rally Cap as They Join the AWS Racing Team for the Remainder of the ARCA Racing Season in Pursuit of the Championship

ACE Asphalt_Victory Lane_9_12_15Austin, Texas — Texas companies continue to rally behind young race car driver, Austin Wayne Self. ACE Asphalt, one of the largest road and parking lot construction companies in the country, joined the AWS Racing team for the remainder of the ARCA and Central Texas Speedway race season. Throughout the season, Self and his team made it their goal to help serve Texas businesses by spreading the word about Texas companies during the race season. Since the beginning of the season, Self has acquired over ten Texas-based sponsors that he represents on the track.

ACE Asphalt saw a great potential in joining the AWS Racing team. The young driver is currently third in the running for the ARCA Championship and second for the ARCA Short Track Challenge Championship. With one of his best performing short tracks coming up, the decision was a no brainer,

“ACE Asphalt is proud to partner with Texas Driver, Austin Wayne Self, in pursuit of the ARCA race series Championship. Like Austin, we share a passion for asphalt. So it only makes sense to support a great representative of the racing industry and the great state of Texas.” – Travis Berry, Director of Sales

Travis Berry got it right when he spoke about the pair’s passion for asphalt. When you think about all of the traveling this kid does, tests, practices and races, he probably spends the majority of his time during the season rollin’ and racin’ on asphalt.

ACE Asphalt_LeadingThe company got their first taste of a successful partnership with the AWS Racing team this past weekend at Central Texas Speedway (CTS). Self made the journey back to Texas during his weekend off in the ARCA Series to hop into a late model at his home track, CTS. This was the first race that the AWS crew would be featuring new partner, ACE Asphalt on the hood of their race machine. Self started the late model race in the 4th spot and took his team all the way to Victory Lane!

Victory Lane_CTS_9_12_15“It’s always exciting to gain a new partnership in this sport. It’s even more exciting when we can take those partners to Victory Lane, especially during their first time being featured on the race car! I hope this got ACE Asphalt stoked for the next round. I’d like to keep the momentum going into Salem this weekend and grab two Victories in two different series, two weeks in a row.” – Austin Wayne Self

Self heads to Salem Speedway this weekend for the final short track race of the ARCA season. Self has performed well here in the past and will look to take the ARCA Short Track Challenge Championship by the end of the night at Salem. Follow Austin on facebook, twitter and Instagram for behind the scenes pictures, videos and a chance to win prizes. Visit his website for current news, media galleries, and race results.

 

Austin Wayne Self Heads to Salem, Indiana for the Fall Race at Salem Speedway

Nashville car(Mooresville, N.C.  September 15, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) has excelled on the short tracks in 2015 in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Saturday evening, at the Salem Speedway located in Salem, Indiana marks the 11th and final short track of the 2015 season.

In ten short track races in 2015 Self’s earned one win (Winchester), five top-five finishes and nine top-ten’s.

The Austin, Texas native has shined at the ultra-high banked half-mile track. In four Salem starts Self’s earned three top-fives and four top-ten finishes with a best finish of third last fall.

DuQuoin_7“I really enjoy racing at Salem,” Self stated. “Salem is a track where you have to save your equipment for the long runs. Last year we went 147 laps caution free so you have to have a lot of patience.”

“We have a lot of family and friends who always come to Salem when we race. I hope we can give them something to talk about Saturday night.”

“Our goal from here on out is to win the final three races of the season. These are three different tracks but I know we will have a chance to win all three of them.”

This weekend also marks the final race in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge for the 2015 season. AWS sits second in points. Self has only finished outside the top-ten on time in 10 prior short track starts in 2015.

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 588 out of the MMM stable. Self last wheeled the chassis at Berlin Raceway to a 5th place finish. The chassis has five starts in 2015, earning one win, four top-five’s and five top-ten finishes.

DuQuoin_8The Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic from Salem will be made available to fans live on www.arcaracing.com.  The subscription cost for the webcast is just $9.98, in honor of ARCA’s 98th appearance at the track. Fans will be able to place orders for the pay-per-view programming immediately by clicking the Pay Per View button at www.arcaracing.com . The broadcast will be live beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST. 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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Austin Wayne Self Heads to Southern Illinois for His Second Dirt Race of the Season

RichCorbett_Illinois_AWS 3(Mooresville, N.C.  September 2, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) gears up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be the only national touring series racing on Labor Day Monday, September 7th. Last month Self raced inside the top-five all afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds until a last lap incident resulted in the 19-year-old finishing in the 10th position.

“The dirt races are quite unpredictable,” Self stated. “You never know what kind of race were going to see. I knew Springfield was going to get wild with a last lap restart and unfortunately we got caught up in an incident in the final corner.”

Rich Corbett Photography“You always see a lot of green flag racing on the dirt tracks so it’s important to have a great long run car and not abuse your equipment early.”

“We’ve had great runs over the last five races, unfortunately we have had rotten luck. I really want to get AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and all of the guys at MMM another win before the season is over.”

 

This Monday’s race marks the 10th of 11 races for the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge for the 2015 season. AWS sits second in points, trailing leader Kyle Weatherman by 50 markers. Self’s worst finish on the short tracks in 2015 is a 10th place finish.

With four races remaining the championship battle is heating up. 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year AWS sits third in points 180 behind leader Grant Enfinger. Self gained 45 points with his tenth place finish at Springfield last month.

Illinois_AWSRacing 3Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 593 out of the MMM stable. AWS last raced 593 at the Pocono Raceway last month to a seventh place finish. Chassis 593 has six prior starts with one win, four top-5 finishes and five top-10’s.

AWS on Dirt: AWS has three prior starts on dirt in the ARCA Racing Series all equaling top-10 finishes.

The ARCA Racing Series gears up for the final dirt race of the 2015 season at 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. EST. 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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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.

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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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Austin Wayne Self Adds Another Texas Company to His Race Team Partnerships

Pocono_TXHSFBRacecar driver and Texas native, Austin Wayne Self is proud to announce a new partnership with another local Texas brand, Texas Tea®. Texas Tea® joined up with the young driver just before his race at Pocono. They were featured on Self’s 98 AM Technical Solutions car and will continue to have a presence throughout the race season. Self was particularly excited about this new partnership because he’s been a fan of Texas Tea® for years. He stated that he couldn’t wait to share the different flavors with his team members at the shop and try new flavors himself.

“My family and I have been fans of Texas Tea® for a few years now. We tried it for the first time at a TCU football game, where they had special edition bottles with Jerry Hughes and RG3, 2 owners of Texas Tea®, on the label. Since moving to North Carolina to be closer to the shop and my team, it’s been really important to me to stay close to my roots. I’ll always be a Texan no matter where I am and partnering with companies like Texas Tea® helps me remember that. We already drink a lot of sweet tea around the shop, now we have the best Texas Tea®. I bet we set records!” – Austin Wayne Self

AUstin_TXTeaTexas Tea® is an all natural blend of Organic, Fair Trade white, green, or black tea with local Texas ingredients such as Nacogdoches blueberries, Poteet strawberries, Fredericksburg peaches, Austin Goodflow Honey and more. Each flavor represents a city in Texas famous for a certain type of fresh produce.

Since its inception in 2009, Texas Tea® has gained the support of Texas native NCAA football stars Jerry Hughes, Robert Griffin III and Brian Orakpo, who now play in the NFL! Austin Wayne Self will be the first race car driver to join the effort in raising awareness about Texas Tea® and while he hasn’t reached NASCAR yet, his fan base is the largest in his series.

Texas Tea® is now growing outside of Texas adding distributors and retailers such as Sprouts, Target and Walmart. By featuring DSC02391Texas Tea® on the 98 AM Technical Solutions machine and sharing his love for the tea brand, Self hopes to raise awareness on the east coast of Texas Tea®. His fan base back in Texas is sure to hear about it also.

Texas Tea® is one of five Texas based companies to join Self during his 2015 campaign. The young driver is spreading the word about unique and innovative companies that are expanding out of his home state. You can join him and Texas Tea® on their 2015 season adventures by following Austin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to stop by the Texas Tea® website to learn more about their awesome flavors and to order your own custom case!

 

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