Austin Wayne Self, America’s Most Wanted Young Driver










Austin Wayne Self has made quite the name for himself on the track, which has become wildly evident through his digital media success. The teen has become a main focus in the world of racing for young adults and pre-teens across the country. His fans haven’t been able to get enough of him and stay updated on his daily life and race day happenings when they can’t be at the track through various social media platforms. Austin gained 150,000 of his biggest fans as followers on his Facebook page in late December of 2013 and has since then continued to grow his digital fan base. Austin’s loyal fans have launched him to the top of the charts when it comes to Americas most popular racecar drivers, in fact, through the growing numbers of fans that follow Austin through social media and come to meet him during race days, it is clear that Austin Wayne Self has become Americas most wanted young driver.

The young driver’s popularity may be due to the way he interacts with his fans. The teen is always sure to get online when he can to post daily updates, activities, or things that he just finds interesting or funny. Austin keeps up with his social media during race weekends so fans that can’t be at his races in persona can get a taste of the action leading up to race time. After he gets behind the wheel of his number 22 Dodge machine his PR team takes over so fans everywhere have their own personal Austin Wayne Self sports report.

This year Austin will be racing in his first full ARCA Racing Series season, continuing his relationship with Cunningham Motorsports. Austin is thankful for all of the support and guidance he receives from his team and sponsors and can’t wait to start the 2014 season in February. With a full season ahead Austin is sure to gain more fans and he will be sure to keep those fans up to speed with more photos, videos and other great posts! Be sure to follow Austin on Twitter and Instagram to receive all of his updates and to say “hi” every once in a while!










Driving Towards the Dream










Austin’s journey started when he was 4 years old and received a kart from his dad for his birthday. Austin’s dad had planned to teach his son how to drive as a hobby that the both of them could share as a bonding experience. The two raced together at a local track in San Marcos called Hill Country Kart Club. As Austin gained more experience and won more races, racing quickly became his passion and his talent continued to shine through.

Austin continued his journey and moved onto national karting through competing in the Florida Winter Tour (FWT), WKA Manufacturer’s Cup, Super Nationals in Las Vegas, and many other international karting series. In 2010 Austin won the FWT Championship and finished 3rd in the Super Nationals race in Vegas, the best finish at this event to be accomplished by an American driver. Austin still continues to race karts in order to keep his open wheel skills strong, visiting the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina where he now resides when he gets the chance. Last year Austin competed in race events along with other NASCAR drivers such as Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, and Jamie McMurray and earned several top finishes. Though open wheel is where he got his start, Austin’s dream for a Sprint Cup ride kept calling and he had to answer.

In 2010 Austin Wayne Self made the switch from karts to stock cars at age 14. During his first season in a stock car, Austin won 3 TSRS Late Model races and placed 3rd overall in points earning the Rookie of the Year title. After such a successful first season in a late model, Austin became certified as a NASCAR Home Track driver and would race in the Whelen All-American Series.  In 2011 Austin accomplished an unheard of feat when he placed 2nd in the Pro Modified class and less than 30 minutes after finishing that race, jumped into his late model to take the Checkered flag and celebrate his fifteenth birthday in Victory lane.

Over the next two years Austin signed and raced with Sellers Racing competing in 27 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races, a widely regarded top Late Model team in the US, gained valuable experience behind the wheel of a stock car, and received an invitation to compete in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown where Austin took 19th place among Sprint Cup superstars like, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Burton.

In 2013, Self signed with Cunningham Motorsports to run a split K&N Pro East and ARCA Racing Series season. Austin and the Cunningham team turned a lot of heads in the race world in their 6 starts in the ARCA series. They proved that they were a force to be reckoned with through their 5 top 10 finishes in those 6 starts. The team accomplished a 6th place finish in their ARCA Series debut and a second place finish at Winchester behind ARCA veteran Frank Kimmel.

This year Austin and the Cunningham team continue their journey to NASCAR through their first full ARCA Racing Series season. This year Austin and his team will compete for Rookie of the year as well as for the ARCA Championship. After their successful results in their 2013 season, the team has no doubt that the Championship is within their reach. Self is excited to continue his relationship with the team that he has grown so much with and can’t wait to help them bring home some hardware. Austin will also compete in the CRA Series as well as continue to travel back home to Texas for Whelen All-American races held at his home track, Central Texas Speedway. The 2014 season will be one of the most significant milestones in Austin’s trip down the road to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  With a full season of ARCA and scheduled appearances in the CRA and Whelen All-American series, it’s sure to be an exciting year for the young driver.

Be sure to follow Austin through his social media channels to get updates and to stay in touch with him by saying “hi” now and then. Fans can find Austin’s race schedule here as well as find which ARCA races will be televised. Race day updates will be posted through Facebook and Twitter during Austin’s races. Don’t miss out on this talented driver’s journey to NASCAR.


Self Tops 150,000 Likes on Facebook

Austin Wayne Self, an already popular driver, has now reached new social media heights with 150,000 likes on Facebook! The fan page Facebook.com/AustinWSelf is the primary bridge to everything Austin and follows him on his daily behind the scenes journey with photos, videos and anecdotes! With fans in over 45 countries, Austin Wayne Self is quickly becoming a global racing fan’s favorite. The racer’s primary following is based in the United States and has grown exponentially in the past year! Austin takes the time to reply and post to all of his fans throughout every race weekend, and even during the week. In 2014 you can expect more photos, videos and great posts! You can also follow Austin on Twitter @AustinWSelf and Instagram, AustinWayneSelf.

Top 10 at NJMP

After a dynamic and challenging day Austin Wayne Self leaves New Jersey Motorsports Park with a wealth of experience and top ten finish.

After missing qualifying on Saturday due to an engine change Austin Wayne Self was set to roll off the green 25th in Sunday’s ARCA series race. Austin commented, “I don’t mind starting from the back because then I get to pass a lot of cars.”

Austin most certainly passed cars during the race. The 22 AMTS Cunningham Motorsports Dodge moved from P25 to P10 within the first 15 laps of the race. Exampling intrepid race craft and talent, Austin maneuvered throughout the field and was soon P6 on his first ever road course race with the ARCA series. Even more impressively after further obstacles including a radio malfunction moved him again to the back of the field Austin regained position in the front pack. Austin finished the race P10 and reflected on the day. “Our car ran really strong and after the challenges we faced today we will only come back even stronger next time. I’m just really thankful for my team and everyone at Cunningham for working so hard this weekend.”

Austin will now be focusing on gaining more track time in preparation for his upcoming races. For more updates follow Austin on Twitter: @AustinWSelf