Self Earns First Top 5 Finish of the Season, Moves Into Third Place for Championship Points

Austin Wayne Self finished out the first race of the Short Track Challenge in the top five, giving him premier positioning for the remainder of the challenge races. It was looking like a final showdown between Austin and Grant as they checked out on the field after the last round of pit stops. But a late race caution allowed the field to catch up and make the finish a door-slamming, tire burning battle for the top 5.

USS AlabamaThe starting line up was determined by 2014 owner’s points due to rain cancellation of qualifying giving Self the opportunity to start on the pole. Within the first few laps Self dropped behind Grant Enfinger. “I learned a lot running behind Grant at the beginning of the race. Seeing which lines he was using helped me out later in the race.” – AWS

The green flag racing didn’t last long as the 69 car went rolling off the track in turn one, jumped a barrier and found itself among fan vehicles in the parking lot! After the driver’s safety was confirmed the green flag dropped again and the #98 AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy Ford was rolling. Self continued to shadow the veteran leader until lap 52 when he would come on to pit road under the sixth caution of the race. The #98 pit crew kept Self in for an extended pit-stop to fix a brake fan. The team ended up removing the fan and ducts and sent Self back out to track in the 17th position.

There was no denying the talent of the young driver when he returned to the track. Self skillfully began to pass other drivers one by one until he returned to the front of the pack and took over the lead on lap 143. “Fans and guests of the #98 Pirate Energy Ford were going wild when Austin got back up to the front and took over the first position. It was one of the most entertaining parts of the race for the Asian American Store Owners Association President and members that Pirate Energy brought to the race!” Explained Matt Donovan, AMDMS Sponsorship and Partner Relations Manager.

Austin and Crew“I have to give all the credit for our performance here to the shop, and our crew. The 98 AMTS Ford was the best car at the track. We were better than anyone on long runs and should have won this thing. I let Grant control all the restarts and just got caught off guard when he didn’t go early on the last big one with 23 to go. That opened the door for the 25 car to drive into my left quarter panel. Even though he couldn’t wreck me he burned up my left rear tire and we didn’t have enough grip to come back and battle for the win. I think the 25 car made a few enemies at this race, driving dirty and causing several incidents during and after the race. Probably not the best strategy for the second race of the season. I’m proud that the 98 crew kept their composure.” – AWS

 

Except for pit cycle shuffles, the race consisted primarily of the 98 and 23 car battling up front. During Self’s final pit stop, Crew Chief Matt Weber made the call to put on their last set of 4 tires. A move that paid off as Austin came through the field to take the lead. 12 laps later the rest of the leaders made a stop to take their last fresh tires and to race each other through the field.

Mobile Test“I felt like we had the car to beat Grant with to end his streak. Some hard racing gave the team some things that they needed to work through during pit stops and they did an awesome job! Even though we weren’t able to get the W, crossing the line fourth was a great accomplishment for our second race and I feel we have a great amount of momentum heading into Nashville. I think we might even end a streak and start one of our own.” – AWS

 

After the first two races Austin Wayne Self sits third in ARCA Championship Points, 110 points behind the leader. Self looks to increase his points count at the next ARCA race in Nashville on April 11th but before then Self will hopping into the Late Model seat, first at his home track in Texas and next in Nashville. Hometown fans can visit Austin, get autographs and watch him race at Central Texas Speedway on March 28th.

Tickets to the race on sale at CentralTexasSpeedway.com. Stay tuned for more updates about Austins trip back to Texas.

 

Self Preps for a Southern Alabama Showdown

Austin Wayne Self will return to Mobile for the second race of the ARCA season on March 14, 2015. Last year, Self finished 12th at the half-mile oval race track in Mobile, AL. Self plans to improve upon his race results from last season. From lap one of last year’s race, Self was running with a broken right shock. Self said, “We got into a lot of people at Mobile just trying to make it around the track. We got into Grant, Thomas Praytor, and who knows who else. I was definitely an obstacle for cars to get around just because I couldn’t keep the car from running up the track.” This time Self plans to be a force to be reckoned with but for very different reasons.

Mobile TestThe team’s latest trip to Mobile International Speedway had Self grinning from ear to ear. “We had some trouble at the first testing round of Mobile. We only had the car on track for a few hours before we had some mechanical issues. That put a damper on our weekend and we immediately made plans to return for the second round, and man am I glad we did,” Self explained. The #98 team tested with the new ARCA bodies and Ilmor motors and the car was bad fast!

“Even with the car trouble that I had at Mobile last year, I finished 12th. With all of my short track experience and a car like the one we’re rolling back into MIS with, I know we’re going to be up front giving the Alabama boys a run for their money at their home track.” – AWS

Speaking of short track experience, the ARCA Mobile 200 will mark the debut of a new Championship opportunity within the ARCA series, The Short Track Challenge. The Short Track Challenge will include 11 of the ARCA Racing series’ short track races (tracks with a distance of one mile or less). This Championship will create a whole new dynamic in the series. Many drivers will be competing for the dual championship, fighting to take home two trophies from the ARCA banquet at the end of the year and Austin Wayne Self is one of those drivers.

With his pre-ARCA career experience being primarily on short tracks, this challenge might as well have been made for the young driver. Self will stay on top of his short track game throughout the season with a 12-pack of Late Model races in his 2015 season schedule. There is no replacement for seat time and Self plans to have plenty of it. Self and the #98 AM Technical Solutions Ford team will take advantage of this double dipper opportunity to gain points towards the ARCA Championship and Short Track Challenge.

Mobile practiceAnother first to keep an eye on in Mobile: this will be the first short track race that the team uses the new ARCA car body for, so getting a handle on how the aerodynamics of the car will come into effect was crucial. Self’s Crew Chief, Matt Weber had this to say about their test at Mobile:

“Testing at Mobile went well, we threw a lot of changes at Austin to get his feedback about how the car responded and we feel we have created a very consistent car for when we come back for the race.“

“I’m really excited about the car we’re bringing to the race. I know the Alabama guys always feel confident here but I think we’re going to bring it to them this time. Someone’s got to keep Grant from repeating his win streak.” – AWS

Prior to race day on March 14th, Self will participate in several events during the ARCA Mobile 200 week in Mobile, Al. This list of events will include the autograph session in the USS Alabama Aircraft Pavillion on Thursday, March 12th. Haulers and cars will be on display along with a pit crew exhibit from the hours of 4:00 – 6:00pm. The Autograph session will take place from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Fans are encouraged to come by to meet the drivers and their team members. Tours of the USS Alabama battleship and submarine will also take place during this special event!

Practice will be held on Friday, March 13th from 2:30 – 3:15pm and from 4:15 – 5:00pm. Qualifying will begin at 7:00pm. This race will not be televised so fans are encouraged to follow the action on the ARCA website homepage where they will have access to live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy.

pirateSelf will be welcoming some new fans during the race weekend as well. “I’m really excited about our sponsor, Pirate Energy hosting some guests at this race too. We always love when we can introduce people to a new sport. It’s always fun to show them around the garage area, tell them about the car and how we prep for a race and then hopefully put on an awesome show later in the day or night with a great race.” – AWS

“Pirate Energy Shots are thrilled and honored to be a part of the AWS team for the Mobile Race!  Along with our Pirate Energy sales team will be our guests – members of the Southeast Asian American Store Owners Association, including President Bharat Patel.  We wish good luck to Austin and his entire race team!” – Jeff Carpenter, COO/SVP Blue Matrix Labs

Stay tuned this week for more updates from the AWS team including info about upcoming radio interviews and special events.

 

 

Self and Team Reflect on Daytona Race, Plan Improvements for Talladega

Austin Wayne Self competed in this past weekend’s ARCA Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the speedway’s Speedweeks program. Self arrived at track for the first time in the 98 AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy Ford. With experience and honors under their belts, such as 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year and 2014 ARCA Championship, Self and the MMM team were confident in an impressive Daytona performance ahead.

AW_MM GarageWhile they were in fact confident, the 98 team experienced some difficulty in getting the car up to speed during the first practice rounds on Thursday. Self came away with a slower overall average time than what the team had been looking for. Because the team spent a lot of time in the garage, Self didn’t get hooked up with the larger groups during practice which affected his drafting strategy and lap times. The obstacles continued during Friday’s practice when the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford spent some more time in the garage during open practice hours while the crew fixed a radiator issue. Self found himself in a slower qualifying group which would make qualifying with a top time a challenge. Self finished at the top of his qualifying group but the top time in that group only earned him a 27th starting position for the race.

“It would have been really easy to get discouraged after qualifying in the further half of the pack for our first race and I might have been a little more worried had this been one of the shorter tracks. But, at Super Speedways anything can happen. You see guys go from dead last to the top 10 in only a few laps. Daytona is all about air and finding the line with advantage so we were still confident in our ability to get to where we needed to be come race time.” – Austin Wayne Self

Daytona_3WideSelf definitely put on an exciting show making his way through the field throughout the race. Towards the second half of the race Self found himself in some bumpy situations and at one point, going four wide through a turn,

“We were already going three wide and we came up on a lap car that was at the bottom of the track going into the turn. All I could think was, ‘Ohhh man this ain’t good’ and the 69 car came up into me a little bit to make room to get around the lap car and I moved up into Tom then back down into the 69. I was like a pin ball being bumped back and forth!” – AWS

Self was finally able to get drafting help with about 12 laps remaining, following teammate Mason Mitchell up towards the front. With cars lined up behind him Self was able to get the push he needed, “Daytona is an air battle. You have to get positioned between other cars to get the air flow going just right to give yourself the push you need. Usually there are two lines and either line can get the advantage so whenever you choose a line to jump into you’re kind of gambling on which one you think will start to move more. Then if you get pushed out of the line or stuck in the middle you find yourself losing positions fast. That happened to a few guys at the end of the race including me. I was up to P6 and all of a sudden a new line formed and there wasn’t an opening for me so I just started floating backwards. Not much I could do.” –AWS

Daytona_4CarPackLeaderSelf’s Crew Chief, Ryan “Pickle” London has this to say about the team’s performance at Daytona, “I was very happy with the performance of the car. The guys worked extremely hard on getting a brand new car together for Daytona and it was fast. Daytona is all about drafting partners and when we got into the right group, we were one of the fast ones. Coming out of Daytona with a 15th finish was good. It was Austin’s first race there with a brand new car and motor package so I am pleased. Talladega will be even better I’m sure. You have to learn to plate-race and this was only Austin’s second plate-race so we will improve for sure.”

Though he experienced some bad luck towards the end of the race Self was still able to finish the race in one piece and with a top 20 finish. Not to mention he put on one exciting show going three and four wide through the turns during several laps. A fifteenth place finish is a position to be proud of for a first time run at the challenging Daytona Speedway but, this driver knows that he can do better. Fifteenth is not where the team or driver wants their 98 car to be and they are coming to Mobile hungry for a “W”.

The Daytona, Lucas Oil 200 will re-air TONIGHT at 9:00PM Eastern on Fox Sports 2. Don’t miss the exciting beginning to the 2015 ARCA season!

 

Other re-airing dates for the Daytona, Lucas Oil 200 presented by Menard’s will be: Wednesday, February 18th at 10:00am eastern on Fox Sports 2 and Thursday, February 19th at 10:00am eastern on Fox Sports 1.

AWS Boasts a 30-Race Schedule for 2015

Mooresville, NC – Starting with the ARCA/CRA Super Series SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway this month and ending with a Pro Late Model Race at Central Texas Speedway in November, Self will be running a full 20 race ARCA Season with as many Super Late Model and Pro Late Model Races as he can manage. As of now Austin Wayne Self has 35 races booked for 2015.

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Austin Wayne Self with MMM owner, Mason Mitchell

“We had a bunch of fun running our 1st Super Late Model Race with DLP Motorsports at Southern National at the end of last season and think we just might have a competitive SLM program. We will race as many of the ARCA/CRA Super Series races as our schedule allows and will run the Pro Late Model at all the SLM companion races. Six races at Central Texas Speedway will make up the balance of our Pro Late Model races. We are all business with the ARCA series and it is our primary focus, though these Late Model races give us the chance to have a little more fun and gain valuable seat time. Terry and Colt James along with Matt Maynard will make up our 100% Texan crew. David Pletcher and DLP Motorsports of Mooresville, NC will be providing the race cars.” – Austin Wayne Self

“Really excited to work with Austin some this year. He has come a long way in the 5 years I have known him. We had a good first showing at southern national at the end of last season. Hopefully that can carry over to this year and give Austin a shot to win some of these races.” –Late Model Crew Chief, Colt James

 

Austin Wayne Self’s priority ride this year is the 98 car out of Mason Mitchell Motorsports and the ARCA Series is his #1 focus. “I can’t wait to run in the ARCA series this season, I feel like we did a lot of learning last year and it’s going to pay off ten fold this year!”– Austin Wayne Self

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Austin Wayne Self hopping into the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford during Daytona testing

“Im ecstatic to have Austin driving for “MMM” this upcoming season. Austin has a lot of ability and more confidence than ever stepping into this position. As Austin plans to compete in other races other than ARCA, that will make him that much better behind the wheel. There is no replacement for ‘Seat Time'”. –Owner of Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Mason Mitchell

After winning Rookie of the Year for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series and finishing 6th in championship points Austin feels ready and prepared to tackle the loaded schedule in 2015.

“The late model races give me another opportunity to continue learning, gain seat time, and of course win. Late model racing is a different kind of racing it’s where I started so it’s where I come from, I can race without the pressure of points which gives our team a great advantage. I can try out strategies that are a little risky and race hard without worrying about the points repercussions, it makes me a better driver and makes us a fiercely competitive team.”- Austin Wayne Self

If it proves that the team has the juice to run up front, AWS will also add the 2015 Snowball Derby to his schedule making it a stacked year of all out racing. The AWS Racing effort will kickoff at the ARCA/CRA Speedfest Jan 24th and 25th. “I am ready to get back in the car and behind the wheel, it’s definitely time to start this season!” –Austin Wayne Self

 

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About Austin Wayne Self Racing

Austin Wayne Self has been racing since he was five years old. He began his racing career in go karts at a local track near his hometown, Austin, TX. During his karting career Self raced across the U.S. competing for regional and national titles. Between the ages of 11 and 14, Self won 11 WKA National Cups, the WKA Grand National Championship, the TAG World Championship and the Rock Island Grand Prix Championship. In 2010 Self won the Florida Winter Tour Championship and finished 3rd in the Super Nationals in Las Vegas (the highest finished ever accomplished by an American driver in that competition). In that same year Self made his first start in a TSRS Late Model. During the 2010 season Self placed 3rd overall and won the Rookie of the Year Award. In 2011 Self signed with Sellers Racing to compete in 27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races. Self’s performance in the series gave him the ability to move into partial seasons for the K&N Pro East and ARCA Racing Series. In 24 starts in multiple racing series Self achieved ten top 5 finishes and fourteen top 10 finishes. In 2014 Austin Wayne Self signed with Cunningham Motorsports for his first full ARCA season where he finished 6th overall in points and won the most SCOTT Rookie of the Race Challenges than any other Rookie driver.

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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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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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The 22 Carries Momentum With Their Second Top Three finish in Three Races

In 13 starts Austin Wayne Self has secured 9 top 10 finishes in the ARCA Racing Series. The 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge out of the Cunningham Motorsports Stable qualified 7th for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway on August 9th and finished their day fighting for a win crossing the checkered second.

IMG_2987The team fought hard for all 200 laps. The 22 team developed a unique strategy to pit later in the race. This caused the team to fall back early on, then later in the race run on stickers making for a swift advance through the field.

“Chad setup a really great strategy for us… We outsmarted people. With a few more laps or a caution we would have had P1, I spun my tires on the restart but we secured a second place finish so that was a good points day for us. I like Berlin Raceway- you have to be up on the wheel the whole time, and I like how the track is.”-AWS

Between Berlin and their Illinois race the ARCA racing series will have a one week break. During that time Austin Wayne Self will be heading back to his home in Austin, Texas.

“I think the team is really going to appreciate this time off, they have been working super hard! We will use this time to rest, refocus and strategize for the final stretch of our season run- then we move onto Illinois.” – AWS

Crew chief for the 22 car Chad Bryant had this to stay following their Berlin Raceway effort, “Berlin was Another solid run by the 22 team on a short track. We had a shot to win and that is all we can ask for. It was an exciting race to be apart of and the team performed in all aspects.  I am proud of the team for there performance at Berlin.”

Next time you see the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge out on track will be August 17th for the Super Chevy Stores 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. This 100 mile sprint will be an all out mad dash for the checkered- this is one of two dirt tracks that the ARCA racing series will race on this season!

Chad Bryant also commented on strategy approaching Illinois, “Springfield is going to be another challenge for us.  Springfield is a dirt track and neither Austin or I have a lot of experience dirt racing.  We will rely on Paul Andrew’s past experience and success on the dirt to help us this weekend.  It’s nice to have a team-mate that has as much experience as Paul does to rely on for advice the weekend.”

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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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