Cut Tire Spoils Austin Wayne Self’s Bid for Victory at Chicagoland

chicago_2(Joliet, Ill, June 20, 2015–) Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) appeared to be headed towards a career best finish in the Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Saturday afternoon. Self was racing in the second position with 20 laps remaining when contact with another car cut down his left rear tire.

Self was able to maneuver the No. 98 car down pit-road to receive four new tires.  Self returned to the race to gain valuable positions before the conclusion of the race and finish in the 12th position.

“This was a difficult end to a great weekend,” Self stated after the Scott 150. “We weren’t that good in practice and we changed everything on the car Saturday morning before qualifying and the car responded.

“We fought all day and positioned ourselves for a solid finish. I don’t know if we could have caught the No. 58 but it was going to be a solid top-three.”

“I hate it for everyone on this MMM crew because they work endlessly to provide me with great cars. I know we will be fast at Winchester next weekend, it’s one of my favorite tracks on the ARCA schedule.”

Self qualified the No. 98 in the fourth position for the tenth race of the 2015 ARCA season.

The 2014 Scott Rookie of the Year would race in the top-five all afternoon and made his only pit-stop under caution at lap 65. The No. 98 crew sent AWS back on-track in the third position.

Self made a three-wide pass on Matt Tifft and Frank Kimmel on a restart at lap 72 to move into the second positon. Self continued to battle Tifft for the runner-up spot when Tifft made contact with AWS resulting in a flat left rear tire. The second year driver was able to keep the car off of the inside wall and bring the car to pit-road.

ChicagoSelf returned to the track two laps down but was able to gain three positions in the final 15 laps to finish 12th.

Next week at Winchester marks the fifth round of the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge. Self enters the race second in Calypso Short Track Challenge points trailing Kyle Weatherman by just five points.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at the Winchester Speedway Sunday, June 28th. The race will be broadcasted live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. eastern. will also have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity.

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