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Post Kentucky Race Report

AWS_OnTrack(Mooresville, NC, September 28, 2015–) Every lap counts in racing and Austin Wayne Self proved that theory to be true Saturday afternoon in the Crosley Brands 150 at the Kentucky Speedway.

Self, driver of the AM Technical Solutions No. 98 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) gained seven positions during the course of the final 50 laps to finish 11th at the conclusion of the 100 laps.

Those positions proved to be vital as Self was able to move into third place in ARCA championship standings with one race remaining in the 2015 ARCA season. Self trails second place driver Josh Williams by 60 points heading into the finale at the Kansas Speedway on October 16th.

“We battled a tight condition all weekend long,” Self stated. “Our car was good for five to ten laps and then it was quite a handful. The MMM crew made great changes during the race and it helped the cars handling a lot.”

“We have a great opportunity to end up second in points at Kansas.” It’s going to take a complete team effort, I know everyone on this MMM team will provide me with the best opportunity to end up in victory lane.”

AWS_PreRace“I really want to end the season on a positive note for AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy and everyone on this MMM team. Kansas is my favorite mile and a half track that we race on. I am looking forward to finishing the season on a positive note.

The Crosley 150 at the Kentucky Speedway was postponed until Saturday afternoon due to a consistent rain Friday evening.

Self has one win in the 2015 season at the Winchester Speedway in June. The second year driver will look to avenge a late race crash at the Kansas Speedway in 2014 while battling for the race lead late.

The ARCA Racing Series has raced at the Kansas Speedway since the track opened in 2001. The October 16th event will mark the Series 15th race at the 1.5 mile track.

The 2015 ARCA finale will take place on October 16th at the Kansas Speedway for the Kansas 98.9. Fans will be able to watch the final event of the 2015 season on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST. ARCA will also provide live timing and scoring for all on-track activity presented by AM Technical Solutions and Pirate Energy.

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.awsracing.com/

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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For more pictures of AWS Racing at the Salem Fall Classic, click here!

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.

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.awsracing.com/

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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For more pictures of AWS Racing at the Salem Fall Classic, click here!

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.

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.awsracing.com/

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

Follow Austin on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow Austin on his personal Twitter page at @AustinWSelf also follow Austin on his Facebook Austin Wayne Self and his personal website at http://www.awsracing.com/

Austin Wayne Self is Confident Racing on Ultra High Banked Winchester Speedway

Short track(Mooresville, N.C.  June 23, 2015-) Last weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway, Austin Wayne Self (AWS), driver of the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) was headed towards tying his career best finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Self was running in the second position until contact with Matt Tifft cut his left-rear tire resulting in a 12th place finish.

Self and the MMM crew turn their attention towards Indiana’s fastest half-mile the Winchester Speedway located in Winchester, Indiana for the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200.

In 2013 Self turned heads at the Winchester Speedway finishing runner-up in just his second ARCA Racing Series event. The finish put the Austin, Texas native on the map nationally.

“We came so close to winning this race two years ago,” Self stated. That race really put me on the map as a driver and I was able to get a lot of notice from different people in the garage.”

“Our short track package has been excellent in 2015, our worst finish is sixth at Toledo last month. We had a great test earlier this week at Winchester and learned a lot that we can apply to the race this weekend.”

“The MMM team is really hungry for our first win together and I thought we had a great chance last weekend before the contact with the 52. I really like our chances this weekend to end up in victory lane. MMM has some unfinished business at Winchester.”

The race also marks the fifth race in the Calypso Lemonade Short Track Challenge for 2015. Self is second in Short Track points only five points behind Kyle Weatherman. Self’s average finish in four short track races in 2015 is an impressive 4.0.

MMM finished second last year at Winchester with driver and owner Mason Mitchell behind the wheel at the ultra-high banked track.

short track_2Chicagoland Review: Self started from the 4th position and would race in the top-five all afternoon. During his only pit-stop at lap 65 the No. 98 crew gained Self valuable spots and sent him back on track in the third positon. On the final restart Self made a three-wide pass for second and race in the second position until 20 laps to go. Tifft made contact with Self’s left-rear tire resulting in a flat tire. Self brought the No. 98 home in the 12th positon.

Chassis: Self will race chassis No. 588 out of the MMM stable. Chassis 588 has nine prior starts earning four top-five finishes and seven top-tens.

The Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at the Winchester Speedway will be live on the CBS Sports Network Sunday, June 28th beginning at 2:00 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

 

Contact: Tim Clagg

tim@masonmitchellmotorsports.com

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. 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

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.

 

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

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

 

Contact: Tim Clagg

tim@masonmitchellmotorsports.com

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

 

Contact: Tim Clagg

tim@masonmitchellmotorsports.com

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.

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*photos by Short Track Spotlight