Kentucky Proves to be Unkind to Austin Wayne Self

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 8, 2016) – Austin Wayne Self’s string of bad luck continued after finishing a disappointing 27th in Thursday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 from Kentucky Speedway.

AWSelfSelf, making his first career NCWTS start at Kentucky Speedway, had a strong Toyota yet was unable to complete the scheduled 150-lap event, after a fierce three-wide battle on lap-45 ended with the air being taken off the nose of Self’s truck, getting him loose and into the outside wall.  At the time, the twenty-year old Self, who started from the twenty-third position, was battling the No.98 of Rico Abreu for the 17th spot.

After sustaining right front-side damage to his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota, Self would pit for repairs.  Hopeful, the crew jumped into action to access the damage all while attempting to keep Self on the lead lap.  As Self exited pit road with intentions to return, it became obvious the damage sustained during the accident was more than just cosmetic.  Under caution and circling the 1.5 mile newly repaved Kentucky track Self severed an oil line causing the rookie driver to bring his Toyota behind the wall for more attention.

After losing 31-laps making repairs Self was able to re-fire the engine and return to action hoping to salvage as much as possible.   Limping his crippled Toyota around the track Self would eventually succumb to transmission failure while in the 27th position.

“I am disappointed with our finish tonight at Kentucky Speedway. We got into an accident on lap 45 where we severed an oil line. My entire AM Racing team worked really hard to get us back out there and gain some positions on the track.”

“We had a solid run going there, picked up 8 positions. I hate that we weren’t able to run the whole race and bring the AM Technical Solutions Toyota home with a good finish tonight.”

SelfDespite the lackluster finish the AM Racing team walked away with their heads held high – knowing their efforts will soon pay dividends.

“These guys don’t evet quit.  When things went bad they kicked into another gear and got me back out on the track when all seemed lost.  Everyone takes a lot of pride in what we do.  We had a great truck tonight – but our night just got spoiled due to hard racing and some bad luck.”

The AM Racing team will re-gather over the next week before returning to NCWTS competition for dirt action at Eldora Speedway in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby on Wednesday, July 20.

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Native Texan and NASCAR Driver, Austin Wayne Self, Featured in New Commercial for Don’t Mess with Texas Campaign

DMWT2AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 27, 2016) – As part of his ongoing partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas native and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Wayne Self will soon be featured in a new statewide television commercial produced by FSSW featuring the Don’t mess with Texas® Trash & Treasure Hunt community cleanup awareness program.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the popular Don’t mess with Texas public awareness campaign, Austin Wayne Self, driver of the AM Racing Toyota, has been selected as a celebrity spokesperson to encourage participation in the Trash & Treasure Hunt initiative.

During the course of the year, Don’t Mess with Texas will host 25 Trash & Treasure Hunt cleanup events across the state. Part trash pick-up, part treasure hunt, the events are designed to keep the environment clean and promote awareness about the real cost of littering. Volunteers who pick up litter have a chance to receive a variety of prizes.DMWT

The new PSA commercial featuring Austin Wayne Self, which is scheduled for broadcast later this month, will air during MLB Texas Rangers baseball games and other programming on the FOX Sports Southwest network.

“It’s such an honor to take part in this worthy cause and since Texas is my home state, it’s extra special,” said Self. “The Texas Department of Transportation and the Don’t Mess with Texas initiative have supported our racing program for many years. It’s really something special for me to help out and contribute to such a great cause, helping to preserve the beauty of our great state.”

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Austin Wayne Self Finishes 21st at Charlotte

AUSTIN, Texas (May 22, 2016) – After inclement weather wreaked havoc and postponed Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reset for a Saturday matinee under ideal weather conditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Charlotte21

Austin Wayne Self, one of the 32 drivers in the field who patiently waited for his opportunity, turned in a 21st place finish upon the conclusion of Saturday’s 134-lap event.

Self, who earned his best finish in recent weeks, did sustain damage to his No.22 AM Technical Solutions Toyota on the final lap after getting together with Daniel Hemric and finishing the race with contact against the outside wall at the stripe.

“Even though we struggled a bit with the handling of the truck today I’m happy we were able to get the finish we did.”  Referring to the final lap, Self said, “I’m not happy about that deal at the end of but at least we finished where we did.”

“The last couple of races have been tough on our team.  I’m hoping we can build on our progress and get things ready for our next event at Texas (Motor Speedway). I’m really excited about going home and racing in front of my home state crowd.”

Charlotte111Self, who started in the 25th position after rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session, battled an ill-handling truck yet was able to race his way up into the 13th position by lap-73. After a caution on lap-77, Self, would get shuffled back on the race restart – giving up valuable track position. Continuing to battle a loose truck, the pilot of the AM Racing Toyota would battle to keep his truck inside the top-25.

Desperately hoping for a much needed late race caution to give the team a chance for another round of adjustments, the team’s chances of a top-10 finish were delated, as they ultimately settled for a 21st place finish.

“We struggled with handling after that last pit stop and that cost us.   We made the right adjustments but the truck didn’t respond the way I wanted it to as it took a few laps for our tire pressure to build up.  My crew continues to do a great job and battle hard, we just ran out of time there at the end to make adjustments to better our final position.

After three-consecutive weeks of racing the NASCAR Truck Series will break until Friday, June 10, when the series returns to action for the running of the Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Jan. 28, 2016) –  The power of Texas teamwork is on display again as AM Racing has partnered with The Texas Department of Agriculture for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, the team announced on Thursday.

AWS12AM Racing and driver Austin Wayne Self will promote the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN campaign. AM Racing is a Texas-based company and Self, 19, a Rookie of the Year candidate who finished second in ARCA Series competition in ’15, is an Austin native who exemplifies what pride in the Lone Star State is all about.

“I’m excited and thankful to have The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN campaign on board our No. 22 Toyota Tundra this season, and know they’ll be a valuable member of the AM Racing family,” Self said. “I’m a big supporter of Texas-made products and believe strong teamwork drives success, and that’s what GO TEXAN represents. I look forward to working with them in 2016.”

The GO TEXAN campaign, with its signature logo in the shape of Texas, is designed to encourage consumers around the world, including brand-loyal NASCAR fans, to seek and purchase Texas-made products. GO TEXAN membership shines a marketing spotlight on businesses based in the Lone Star State by affording them exclusive branding and networking opportunities with other member companies.

“We’re so excited for our GO TEXAN program to partner with AM Racing to spread the word about Texas agriculture and the many wonderful products that are made right here in the Lone Star State,” Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said. “GO TEXAN and AM Racing both have roots that run deep in Texas, so it was a natural fit for GO TEXAN to hop on board with AM Racing to promote the best of Texas and the many businesses that call our great state home. Texans have an incredible sense of pride for our state and our heritage, and I’m excited for NASCAR and AM Racing fans all across the country to discover why they should GO TEXAN.”

The GO TEXAN initiative began in 1999 with a focus on Texas agricultural products. The program later expanded to include shrimp and Texas wine, and now features Texas-made products of all kinds.

AM Racing makes its foray into NCWTS competition this season with strong early support from a rapidly-expanding family of Texas-based partners, including AM Technical Solutions, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Texas Tea and the Don’t mess with Texas litter-prevention awareness campaign.

Look for the iconic GO TEXAN logo at the track and during televised coverage of NCWTS events this season on FS1.

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Austin Wayne Self No. 98 AM Technical Solutions S’loonshine 98.9 Preview

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2014 Scott Rookie of The Year Austin Wayne Self will complete his second full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Friday evening in the S’loonshine 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway.

Self has shown steadily improvement in 2015, including capturing first career ARCA win in June at the famous Winchester Speedway.

Self, driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) enters the finale sitting third in ARCA championship points. The Austin, Texas native sits 60 points behind second place Josh Williams, with a solid performance the 19-year-old could finish as high as second in points.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs in 2015,” Self stated. “We had a lot of bad luck after Winchester that set us back in the points a little bit. I would love nothing more than to finish the season in victory lane for AMTS, Pirate Energy and MMM. They have all stuck with me all season long and they all deserve another trip to victory lane.”

“I really enjoy racing at Kansas, it’s my favorite 1.5 mile track that we race at. Last year I was battling for the lead and unfortunately we got caught up in an incident.”

Self will have plenty of fans cheering him on Friday evening. He will have over 30 representatives from AMTS in attendance for the final race of the 2015 season.1

““We are excited about the race at Kansas Speedway and are hopeful to seeing the AM Technical Solutions car being in Victory Lane,” Tim Glasson SVP of Corporate Development for AMTS stated.“We have several business associates coming to the race for a networking event and are looking for a great showing. We are proud to sponsor Austin and are excited about what the future holds for him.”

Self also heads into the final race leading the S&S Volo Long Haul Award. The award is presented to the driver at the end of the year ARCA awards banquet who completes the most laps during the season. Self has completed 2,593 of 2,628 laps (98.1%).

Chassis: Self will race chassis No.  614 out of the MMM stable. Self last raced the chassis last month at the Kentucky Speedway to an 11th place finish. The chassis has three starts in 2015 earning two top-ten finishes.

The Full Throttle S’loonshine 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway will be live on Fox Sports 1 Friday, October 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. CST. . ARCA will also provide live timing and scoring at will for all on-track activity.

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Austin Wayne Self Back at the Home Track

Austin Wayne Self returned to his home track for the first time since moving to Mooresville, NC to further pursue a professional racing career. The 2014 ARCA Rookie of the Year competed in the Pro late Model race at Central Texas Speedway on Saturday, March 28th. This was the young driver’s first time back in a Late model since the beginning of the ARCA Racing season. Self was excited to be home and back at CTS where his stock car career took flight. He even pulled off a top-five finish.

AWS_Dont' Mess with TXSelf’s return to the local Austin area race track attracted long-time fans and sponsors to the race event on Saturday. Among those supporting the young driver were the owners and guests of the popular energy shot drink, Pirate Energy. The Pirate Energy group cheered Self on as he piloted the #07 Pirate Energy Pro Late Model and even hosted an after-party after the race action to celebrate the team’s top 5 finish.

The fourth place finish wasn’t so easily earned however. Self struggled with mechanical issues throughout the day. “The last time this Pro late model saw a track was at the race in Georgia that we competed at a few months ago. With ARCA testing in Nashville making my late model practice schedule tight, I don’t think we really had a chance to work out all the kinks. The team worked extremely hard to repair damage taken on in Georgia and I know with a little more track time before, we would have had the best car out there. We still did a great job and I know we all had fun and that’s what’s most important to us for these CTS races,” explained Self.

Stands_SunsetDespite having trouble getting through turns during the race Self was able to pick up positions during the race and put on a show for the crowd. Starting in the 7th position Self quickly took the #07 Pirate Energy car to the top. Charging forward and taking on other drivers on the inside Self battled to the second position and remained there for the majority of he race. A late caution came out causing the rest of the pack to catch back up with the leaders. Some shuffling during the restart put Self back in the fourth position with only a few laps to go. Even without the win the #07 team received praises for the exciting racing they displayed from fans and partners. Newcomers to the track became race fans for life and that really is what the sport is all about.

The next race that Self and the #07 Pirate Energy car will compete in will be Saturday, April 4th at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville. Fans can follow Austin on Facebook and Twitter to catch announcements about live broadcasting for this event and for behind the scenes photos and videos.