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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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 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 Ties Season Best Finish at Michigan International Speedway

11427679_10153938287183222_2066191216104916370_n(Mooresville, N.C., June 15, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS) tied his season best finish of third Friday evening in the Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Self driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) was the fastest driver on-track during the last 15 laps of the race and made up critical ground. Self was able to slot into the third position on the final lap passing Tom Hessert out of turn four to earn his fourth top-five of 2015.

“This finish was huge for our MMM team,” Self stated. “We’ve had some bad luck the last couple of weeks so it was nice to come out of Michigan with a solid top-five.”

“We played the fuel strategy perfectly and almost won the race. I can’t continue to thank AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and everyone on this MMM team for their support.”
“I am really looked forward to Chicagoland this weekend, MMM was successful here last year winning the race with Mason. I am looking forward to getting the No. 98 back in victory lane.”

Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell was rained out Friday morning due to persistent rain. Self would start in the seventh position for the 100 lap event.

When the green flag waved on the ninth race of the 2015 season Self slid back to the 10th position. Self continued to race in the 10th position until the caution waved at lap 36 for a passing shower.

Self visited pit-road under the caution for four Hoosier tires and fuel. Self brought the No. 98 back down pit-road with 1 lap remaining under the caution at lap 48 to top off on fuel.

10672197_10153939022483222_6607369720901034319_nWith 25 laps remaining Self moved into the top-five for the first time and began turning lap times quicker than the leaders.

The Austin, Texas native was able to move around Tom Hessert into the third position on the final lap to earn his fourth top-five finish of the 2015 season.

This marked the sec

ond third place finish for MMM in the last two weeks. Driver and owner Mason Mitchell piloted the same car to a third place finish at Pocono Raceway one week prior.

The finish marked Self’s first top-five on a 1.5 mile track. Self and the No. 98 team remain fourth in championship standings 125 points behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Saturday, June 20th. The race will be broadcasted live on the Fox Sports 2 beginning beginning at 6:00 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

 

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Austin Wayne Self Looks for Luck in the Irish Hills at Michigan International Speedway

(Mooresville, N.C.  June 9, 2015-) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) looks to make his second start in the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the Corrigan Oil 200.

MichiganSelf has one prior start at the 2.0 mile track located in Brooklyn, Michigan. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year started fourth and finished ninth in the 2014 June race.

“Michigan is one of the best tracks on the ARCA schedule,” Self stated. “You carry so much speed down the straightaways into the corners. It’s a place where you can move around and search for speed as a driver.”

“MMM was bad fast here last year and finished second. I know we will be a contender for the win. We just need to have luck on our side all weekend.”

“These guys at MMM have worked so hard all year long and they deserve a trip to victory lane!”
Coming off of a 15th place finish at the Pocono Raceway last weekend Self and the No. 98 team enter Michigan fourth in driver points 135 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Pocono Raceway Review: Austin started from the 15th position but by the end of lap one he worked his way inside the top-ten. Self’s march forward continued running as high as second at lap 27. Self and the No. 98 team positioned themselves for a potential top-five finish until four laps remaining when Self had a problem with the right front and hit the turn one wall. Self and the MMM team would finish the 80 lap event in the 15th position.

 

Michigan_2Chassis: Austin will debut a new chassis this weekend at Michigan. Self will pilot chassis 037 a former Turner Motorsports car. This will mark the first time that Self will step behind the wheel of a Chevy in the ARCA Racing Series.

The Corrigan Oil 200 from Michigan International Speedway will be live on Fox Sports 2 Friday, June 12th beginning at 5:45 p.m. EST.  Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy and AM Technical Solutions for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf

 

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Late Race Right Front Problem Halts Austin Wayne Self’s Top-10 Effort at Pocono Raceway

Pocono(Mooresville, N.C., June 8, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) appeared to be headed to his best intermediate finish of the 2015 season Saturday at Pocono Raceway. Self was running in the top-ten, challenging for a top-five finish in the closing laps when a right front tire sent the second year driver into the turn one wall.

Self and the No. 98 team finished the 80 lap event in the 15th position.

“We had the car perfect at the end of the race,” Self stated. “We worked all day Friday to find a great balance and when the race started we went to the front.”

“This team did a great job making adjustments all race long. It’s disappointing to have something like this happen after putting ourselves in position for a solid finish.”

“We have an awesome team, great racecars and great sponsors. I am ready to get all the pieces together and get this No. 98 back in victory lane.”

Self started the Pocono ARCA 200 from the 15th position and worked his way into the ninth spot before the caution was displayed for the first time at the end of lap one.

Pocono_2Crew chief Matt Weber brought Self and the No. 98 down pit-road during the races second caution at lap 13 and sent the Austin, Texas native back on track in the 13th position.

Self stayed on-track during the third caution at lap 18 and moved into the top-five for the first time. Self continued to move up the leaderboard making a three-wide pass on Josh Williams and eventual winner Trevor Bayne to move into the second position at lap 27.

During the afternoon’s longest green flag run of 42 laps, Self continued to race well into the top-five and positioned himself for a solid finish.

Self made his final trip to pit-road under caution at lap 66 and restarted 6th. The 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year was challenging for a top-five when he had a problem with the right front sending him into the turn one wall with four laps remaining.

Self and the No. 98 team finished 3 laps down in the 15th position. Self remained fourth in drivers points 135 behind leader Grant Enfinger.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway Friday, June 12th. The race will be broadcasted live on the Fox Sports 2 beginning beginning at 5:45 p.m. eastern. Arcaracing.com will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Also, follow, Mason and Austin on their personal twitter pages @themasonracin @AustinWSelf

 

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Self is Talladega Bound Looking to Close the Gap On the Points Leader

98Crowd_ShortTrackSpotlight Ain’t no party like a Talladega party, and that’s exactly what Austin Wayne Self and the 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford crew hope to be doing this Friday in Victory Lane! The race team is coming off of it’s third consecutive top five finish of the season. After four races complete in 2015 the young driver and the 98 machine are knocking on the door of Championship points leader, Grant Enfinger, trailing by only 95 points. With Self’s success as a Rookie at Talladega last year, a first win here isn’t out of the question,

Wall Shot“I’m really excited to get back to Talladega. I had an awesome first time experience here earning a third place finish and a Rookie of the Race award during our first go-round. I’m even more confident heading to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 race this weekend. The new Ilmor motors made Daytona a little more interesting so I’m ready to see what they’ll do at ‘Dega. I think we have our Superspeedway program down and the boys at the 98 shop are itching to get the AM Technical Solutions beast down to ‘Dega.” – Austin Wayne Self

Last year Self impressed with a third place finish in his Superspeedway debut when he pushed then teammate, Tom Hessert, to the win and just missed second place. “Even though it was a little nerve wrecking at first being on my first Superspeedway, this actually ended up being one of my favorite tracks that we came to last season. There was a lot of competing for positions throughout the race last year and you have to make sure you’re near the front of the pack when that last final push begins at the end. The atmosphere is unreal here and the fans are some of the most dedicated race fans I’ve ever met. We got to visit the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind during our stay here too and that made it even more meaningful,” explained the young driver. He will have another busy Talladega trip ahead of him during the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 race weekend as he will return to AIDB during his quick trip and will also be hosting a dinner with his sponsor, Pirate Energy.

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Pirate Energy is no stranger to a wild and crazy atmosphere. Pirate Energy shots, accompanied by the Pirate Energy girls, have recently attended events such as Austin’s SXSW, the Larry Joe Taylor Festival, and West Campus’ Pool Party and Crawfish Boil in downtown Austin, TX to energize festival and party goers. This weekend they’ll be energizing race fans! Fans in need of a boost are encouraged to stop by Austin’s hauler during the open garage hours on Friday, May 1st (prior to the race) for some Pirate Energy shots. An energy boost, an autograph and a picture with the young driver – not a bad deal. Pirate Energy is ready to party in Talladega and you can bet that a trip to Victory Lane is what the driver, crew and sponsors are all hunting for.

Don’t forget to tune in live to Fox Sports 1 on Friday, May 1st to catch all of the racing action on TV if you are not able to attend the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200. The race broadcast will begin at 5:00PM Central. You can also follow along on the ARCA homepage with live timing and scoring presented by Austin’s sponsor, Pirate Energy.