AWS Post Race Report: Salem Fall Classic

DMWT_ShortTrackSpotlight (Mooresville, NC, September 21, 2015–)  Salem Speedway located in Salem, Indiana is one of the most unpredictable races on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule and Saturday evening proved to be no different.

Austin Wayne Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford raced in the top-10 all evening and raced as high as fourth in the running order just after halfway. The second year driver was pacing himself for the final 50 laps. Unfortunately, Self had a clutch issue under a late caution and lost three laps during the process. The 19-year-old would finish in the 16th position.

98OnTrack_ShortTrackSpotlight“It was a different Salem race than I’ve ever been part of,” Self explained. “We only had four tires to utilize during the race so we really just conserved our stuff until we were able to pit.”

“We had a car that could have won the race, unfortunately we had a problem with the clutch under caution and lost a few laps.”

It’s frustrating to have these little problems happen because our team and sponsors put so much time and effort into the Series. We have two races left and I really want to get everyone back to victory lane. Expect us to be factors in the final two races for the win.”

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With two races remaining in the 2015 ARCA season Self sits fourth in championship points 350 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

It’s a short turnaround for the ARCA Racing Series, Tuesday the MMM team will test at the Kentucky Speedway in preparation for Friday evenings Crosley Brands 150.

The ARCA Racing Series will be back in action Friday evening September 25that the Kentucky Speedway for the Crosley Brands 150. The race will be live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 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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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  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 . 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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Friendly Competition and Family Crowds in Store for Self’s Run at Salem Speedway in the ARCA Federated Auto Parts 200

Nashville_98 Car_ShortTrackSpotlightAustin Wayne Self heads to Salem Speedway for the Federated Auto Parts 200 this weekend with one goal in mind – winning. Self and the 98 AM Technical Solutions crew finished third behind Grant Enfinger and Matt Tifft in Nashville but this weekend they plan to make up those two spots. Self is a for sure threat at Salem Speedway, earning two top 5 finishes there in the 2014 season as well as Rookie of the Race awards for being the top performing rookie during the race. The driver is a fan of short tracks and he also draws a large crowd out to the Indiana short track. Self and his team drove out to Salem over the weekend to test the car and all were pleased with the driver and car performance. A little tweaking back at the shop throughout this week leading up to the race and the crew is sure to have a machine capable of a Victory Lane finish.

Self, who currently sits third in Championship Points, explained during the test that the team’s main focus was to get the car set up for the bumpy ride. They would try to get the 98 AM Technical Solutions car running as smoothly as possible over the track with it’s unique bumps and dips. The young driver also said that they would prepare for long, green runs due to their experience at the second Salem race of 2014, where teams went over 100 laps without a caution, “You never know what type of strategy you’re gong to need here. After the last run in 2014 I think the key is to make sure the car will be good during some really long runs. Matt Weber did an awesome job in Nashville with our pit strategy though so I’m confident we’ll have a solid one in Salem as well.”

Driver Intros_Nashville_ShortTrackSpotlight“Salem is one of my favorite tracks that we go to during the ARCA season. It has a different feel than any other place because of its history, the way it drives and of course, the fans that come out to support us. I don’t think they leave an empty seat in the house. A lot of my family from Indiana and Ohio comes out for this race too so that helps a lot!” – AWS

Self has strong ties to Southern Indiana and other surrounding areas. He spends a great deal of time on his Grandpa’s farm in French Lick, Indiana in-between races over the summer and visits family in surrounding areas such as Dubois, Paoli, Mooresville and Indianapolis. “Most of my family on my dad’s side lives somewhere in Southern Indiana or close to it. That makes our races in Indiana some of the biggest ones as far as AWS fan attendance goes. It always pushes me harder I think because I want to make them proud. Getting the Self family celebrating in Victory Lane for my first win this weekend would really mean a lot to me,” explained Self.

Nashville_2Wide_ShortTrackSpotlightThe team will be racing the new 2015 ARCA composite body Ford Fusion at Salem Speedway. This will be the second short track appearance for the new 98 car and hopefully the first Victory Lane appearance. When asked about how he felt about veteran driver, Grant Enfinger taking the first three races of the season, Self responded, “I like Grant a lot. I’ve talked with him a few times in the garage and before our races. He’s a really great guy, very talented and he knows everything there is to know about the cars but… I gotta beat him. When I congratulated him in Nashville I told him that I would be coming for him at Salem. I was joking around but I was also kind of serious. He’s the guy to beat right now and I’m going for it. Nothing wrong with some friendly competition.”

This weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 200 will be broadcast live on the ARCA Racing homepage. Timing and scoring presented by Austin’s sponsor Pirate Energy will be available throughout practice, qualifying and during the race. You can keep up with Austin and his crew through Facebook and Twitter as well for behind the scenes pictures and videos.


*photos by Short Track Spotlight