Radio Silence’ Plagues Austin Wayne Self at Kansas

Austin, TX (May 7, 2016) – It was a less than auspicious beginning for Austin Wayne Self in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota Tundra 250 contributing to a disappointing 25th place finish at Kansas Speedway.

On the very first lap, Self, driver of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions /Don’t Mess With Texas Toyota, experienced untimely in-car radio issues affecting communication between his crew and spotter.

IMG_5360Deemed unsafe by NASCAR, officials in the scoring tower were forced to recall the AM Technical Solutions Toyota back down pit road until radio communication between driver and crew were reestablished.

“It’s one of those bizarre things that just happen,” said Self.  “I hate it for our guys and sponsors but there was nothing else we could do but take the time to swap out radios and move on.”

Unfortunately, pitting under green flag conditions at the onset diminished the drivers’ chances as he quickly found himself seven laps down to the lead lap trucks just 12-laps into the 170 lap main event.

Once ba ck on track, Self’s challenges continued as he fought an extremely loose truck and what he said was “difficulty gaining speed back up through the gears.”

Keeping his composure, the 20-year old driver allowed his crew to make a series of chassis adjustments improving on the truck with every passing pit stop.  Coming off a career best finish at Martinsville in his last start, Self-finished 9-laps down resulting in a season low finish at Kansas.

“I just can’t thank everyone enough at AM Technical Solutions for their support.  Wasn’t exactly the night we were looking for but this entire No.22 team never gave up and fought hard.  Time to put this behind us and focus on next week’s race at Dover.”IMG_5361

Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team look ahead to next week’s NCWTS action when the series returns to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway.

Austin Wayne Self Travels to America’s Heartland Riding Momentum

May 3, 2016 (Austin, Texas) – Coming off his career best finish at Martinsville (15th) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Austin Wayne Self has renewed confidence heading into Friday’s NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

“After my last run I’m really looking forward to strapping back into the seat at Kansas,” said Self.  “Our AM Technical Solutions team continues to make big strides on and off the tra12794741_967824813267498_8255410450086602087_ock.  I’m focused on doing my part and keeping up the momentum this weekend.”

Riding momentum, the 20-year old driver looks to continue his steady improvement behind the wheel of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions-Black’s Barbeque Toyota.  Self, driving for the newly formed AM Technical Solutions Toyota team has scored three top-20 finishes thus far during his NCWTS rookie campaign – placing him third in the highly competitive ’16 Rookie of the Year contest.

“Austin and team are coming off of their best finish of his Truck Series career at Martinsville, so we are really looking forward to cheering them on in Kansas. They’ve been able to learn so many valuable lessons, and apply what they’ve learned to consistently improve race after race. We expect their commitment to teamwork and communication to continue, and we hope to see the team get their first Top 10!” says Dan Codi, CEO of AM Technical Solutions.

Self, currently occupying the 15th spot in the NCWTS driver championship point standings, has bettered his finishing spot each week since the series opener at Daytona in mid-February – Finishing 19th, 16th and 15th, the Texas native maintains a respectable 16.7 average race finish.

Looking ahead to a busy month of racing Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team had a successful test last week at the Monster Mile in preparation for the May 13th event at Dover International Speedway.

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.

This Week’s NCWTS Schedule:

NCWTS action from Kansas Speedway will begin with three practice sessions on Thursday, May 5.  Follow NASCAR.com for results.  Keystone Light Pole Qualifying will take place Friday, May 6 at 4:30 p.m. Follow Live on FS1. The Toyota Tundra 200 (167 laps, 250.5 miles) begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.  Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.

NCWTS Toyota Tundra 250 Television Broadcast Schedule for Friday, May 6

Catch all the action from Kansas Speedway on FOX SPORTS 1!

4:30 PM EST – NCWST Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (FS1)

8:00 PM EST – NCWTS “Series Set-Up” (FS1)

8:30 PM EST – Start of the Toyota Tundra 20 (FS1)

Note: All Times Eastern Standard Time.