Plenty of reasons to succeed for Austin Wayne Self at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS, Kan. – Chalking up a solid return to the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) last weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) and his AM Racing team carry the momentum of their on-track speed as the series treks to Kansas Speedway for Friday night’s Digital Ally 250.

Taming the Monster Mile, Self was on course for a top-10 finish – but a late race obstacle thwarted the team’s effort. Despite the team’s top-20 finish, the Mooresville, N.C.-based operation was encouraged by their efforts and hope to deliver Self’s second top-10 run of the year under the Kansas City lights.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to Kansas,” said Self. “It’s a traditional 1.5-mile race track with a lot of similarities to Kentucky Speedway – but historically Kansas has been one of my better intermediate tracks.

“I hope that continues Friday night.”

Of course, there’s plenty of motivation for Self to deliver a strong outing in the Land of Oz.

With family always being Self’s number one priority, Friday night’s seventh race of the season holds a little more sentimental value with this Sunday (May 12) being Mother’s Day and with Self’s mother JoAnn being a huge supporter front and center nearly every race weekend.

“I love having my family at the race track every weekend,” offered Self. “My mom and dad are there almost every weekend and offer a lot of encouragement and support through the good and bad. The moms in NASCAR make a lot of sacrifices including my mom – so a good run on Friday night will mean a little more for me and hopefully her too.”

Self, 23, will make his fourth NGOTS at Kansas and looks to better a 13th place finish which he earned last May. In addition to Trucks, Self has two additional starts in the ARCA Menards Series from 2014 – 2015.

“With Kansas being a one-day show, we can’t afford to leave anything on the table,” noted Self. “It’s important to make sure I’m working with Eddie (Troconis, crew chief) to make sure our balance during the day in practice and even qualifying will be transparent at night.

“That was the biggest thing for us last year. We were able to keep the speed up because our truck responded to the changing track conditions. At this point, I feel like we have a lot of speed and just want to keep moving in the right direction not only this weekend at Kansas but for the upcoming races too.”

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will support Self in his 68th career start.

GO TEXAN, celebrating its 20th Birthday this year, represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known for throughout the world.

Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the seventh race of the year.

In 67 NGOTS races, the 2015 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and five top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.2 during his three years of competition.

The Austin, Texas native is nestled 18th in the championship standings with 17 races remaining.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR.

For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.

For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.

For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.

For more on Kreuz Market, please visit kreuzmarket.com. like them on Facebook (KreuzMarketLockhart) and follow them on Twitter (@kreuzmarket).

The Digital Ally 250 (167 laps| 250.5 miles) is the seventh of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., May 10 from 8:35 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. A final practice session is set for 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 4:05 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).


GO TEXAN is a widely recognized brand. It represents a diverse collection of people, products and services that are genuinely Texan.  Whether it’s grown, sewn or served on a plate, more than 26 million Texans shop, travel and dine out in full support of Texas business and agriculture.

Consumers make buying decisions based on the prestige of GO TEXAN, a desire to support the Texas economy and the value received from buying local.

About AM Technical Solutions:

Headquartered in Austin, TX, AM Technical Solutions was founded in 1994. AM Technical Solutions is a global engineering and construction management firm, specializing in the high-tech industries. AMTS has managed over $20B of global capital projects for over 170 different customers in 15 countries.

For more information, please visit amts.com.

About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance.

The team has named Austin Wayne Self as its driver for the 2019 season.

Austin Wayne Self to drive for Niece Motorsports at Kansas Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Niece Motorsports and AM Racing jointly announced today that Austin, Texas native Austin Wayne Self will drive the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado in next Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Self, 21, is set to make his second start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season after earning a career-best second place finish in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February driving for AM Racing.

“Niece Motorsports is very excited to have Austin drive for us at Kansas Speedway,” said team Principal Al Niece. “We’ve seen him drive at other tracks last year and we were very impressed. We are looking forward to having him in the truck at Kansas Speedway and maybe some more races down the road.”

In addition to Niece Equipment serving as the primary marketing partner at Kansas, AM Racing partner Precision Air Technology will serve as a major associate for the 167-lap race. Precision Air Technology tests HEPA filter systems of all types. Performing air balancing, selling air filters and HEPA filtration equipment, and providing turnkey cleanroom retrofits are some of the services and products they offer.

With Kansas Speedway not on AM Racing’s initial schedule, Self is thankful for the opportunity to make his second start at the 1.5-mile speedway and second start of the season.

“I’m very appreciative for this opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports,” said Self, a 23-time NCWTS competitor. “Thanks to Niece Equipment and Precision Air Technology, I’ve been given an opportunity to get in a truck and go out and earn a strong finish. I enjoy racing at Kansas Speedway and look forward to a flashy finish under the lights.”

In addition NCWTS start at Kansas Speedway last year in his rookie season with AM Racing, the 2014 ARCA SCOTT Rookie of the Year also has two starts in the developmental ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with a track-best of 12th in Oct. 2015.

Niece Motorsports, which is owned by Marine Corps veteran Al Niece will compete in a partial schedule during the 2017 season, with plans of running full time moving into 2018 and beyond.

The Toyota Tundra 250 (167 laps / 250.5 miles) is the fourth of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on May 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Fri., May 12 beginning at 3:35 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 7:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Central).


For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.

For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.


About Niece Equipment:

For over 30 years, Niece Equipment has provided clients with reliable products at competitive prices. Their reputation is built on service, integrity and dependability.

Each of their water and fuel/lube trucks are engineered with quality and durability in mind. Their capability ranges from 2,000 gallon water trucks to 12,000 gallon water towers. The fuel/lube trucks they offer range from 600 to 4,000 gallons.

Niece Equipment has three locations in Fort Scott, Kansas, Irving, Tex. and Buda, Tex.


About Precision Air Technology:

Precision Air Technology maximizes the broad range of experience of their employees to establish strong bonds with their customers. This expertise helps customers solve problems in their clean manufacturing and research facilities. They are a diversified company, offering services and products to the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.

Precision Air Technology’s primary business is testing and certifying HEPA filter systems of all types. Completing air balancing, selling air filters and HEPA filtration equipment, and providing turnkey cleanroom retrofits are some of the services and products they offer.


About AM Racing:

AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.




Radio Silence’ Plagues Austin Wayne Self at Kansas

Austin, TX (May 7, 2016) – It was a less than auspicious beginning for Austin Wayne Self in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota Tundra 250 contributing to a disappointing 25th place finish at Kansas Speedway.

On the very first lap, Self, driver of the No.22 AM Technical Solutions /Don’t Mess With Texas Toyota, experienced untimely in-car radio issues affecting communication between his crew and spotter.

IMG_5360Deemed unsafe by NASCAR, officials in the scoring tower were forced to recall the AM Technical Solutions Toyota back down pit road until radio communication between driver and crew were reestablished.

“It’s one of those bizarre things that just happen,” said Self.  “I hate it for our guys and sponsors but there was nothing else we could do but take the time to swap out radios and move on.”

Unfortunately, pitting under green flag conditions at the onset diminished the drivers’ chances as he quickly found himself seven laps down to the lead lap trucks just 12-laps into the 170 lap main event.

Once ba ck on track, Self’s challenges continued as he fought an extremely loose truck and what he said was “difficulty gaining speed back up through the gears.”

Keeping his composure, the 20-year old driver allowed his crew to make a series of chassis adjustments improving on the truck with every passing pit stop.  Coming off a career best finish at Martinsville in his last start, Self-finished 9-laps down resulting in a season low finish at Kansas.

“I just can’t thank everyone enough at AM Technical Solutions for their support.  Wasn’t exactly the night we were looking for but this entire No.22 team never gave up and fought hard.  Time to put this behind us and focus on next week’s race at Dover.”IMG_5361

Self and the AM Technical Solutions Toyota team look ahead to next week’s NCWTS action when the series returns to the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway.

That’s a Wrap! AWS and the 22 Team Finish Out the 2014 Season with a Bang

Austin Wayne Self and the 22 team ended the 2014 ARCA Racing season in a heart stopping fashion. Self’s side-by-side racing around the one and a half mile track had fans on the edge of their seats as he drove hard for the first position during a restart.

“The car stuck so good in turns one and two. Turns three and four had been the better turns for us all night long so I knew we had it. If we could get by the 23 on that first lap after the restart with only 27 laps to go we would take the checkered. We had been fast all night, made up some spots during pit stops, everything was lining up.” – AWS

AWSSelf and the 22 team started the race in the 7th position. Due to poor weather the time set aside for qualifying was used as practice time and owners points determined the starting line up. With a great starting position and successful history at the Kansas Speedway, the team was confident. Self took advantage of the restarts caused by a few blown tires and cars making contact with the wall by gaining several positions. After pit stops and a few restarts Self found himself restarting in the second position with only 27 laps to go. The field had completed several laps under caution while clean up crews cleaned oil from the track. Self took this time to communicate with his crew chief and spotter to come up with a strategy for the restart.

With a strategy set, Self was as ready as ever for the restart. Self stayed side by side with the 23 car on the inside of turns one and two, confident that he would stick through three and four and take over the lead on the front stretch. Kansas Speedway had other plans for Self as he lost grip into turn four. The car got loose for only a second but that was all it took. The air took Self and turned him as he tried to save the car. It looked as though he may be able to do just that until drivers following close behind took a low line and made contact with Self, sending him back up the track and into the wall. The final hit was the worst as the driver of the 06 failed to reduce his speed and flew by other cars in the field, straight into the 22 of Self. To see footage of the crash you can visit this link.

Self walked away from the wreckage healthy. While he did take a trip to the care center (required for all drivers after a wreck in which they are not able to drive the car off the track) he was cleared and allowed to spend the remainder of the race with his team in the ARCA Garage. Even without a finish at Kansas, Self remains the leader in the Rookie of the Year Point Standings. While the Rookie of the Year title will not be officially awarded until the ARCA banquet takes place in December, Self and his team celebrated the great accomplishment of leading the points for this award. It was a major goal that they had set forth at the beginning of the 2014 season.

Kansas AutographsWith the ARCA Racing season finale at Kansas Speedway completed, Austin Wayne Self secured a 6th place overall season standing with 5 top 5’s and 13 top 10’s. AWS had an average finish of 10th overall. Most impressively Austin Wayne Self secured points at the conclusion of Kansas allowing him to lead the Rookie of the Year standings.

Self said, “It’s been a really good year, I learned a lot and we met our goal. We said Rookie of the Year for our first year, and a championship in 2015. I learned how to race at the speedways and use the air to my advantage. I studied the air and studied the racing, and tried different things and that’s what this season was about. Just because this season is wrapped up, doesn’t mean I’ll be relaxing. We have some big news coming in the next few weeks and I’ll be racing throughout the off season. This is the time to raise our game and prepare for 2015. I am just excited to tell everyone about our 2015 plans.”

“I really want to thank our sponsor AM TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS for coming out and supporting me at Kansas, and throughout the entire season. Their involvement in my racing has been an incredible blessing and I am thankful for their support. Also thanks to the team at Cunningham Motorsports who has given me the tools to pursue my racing career and develop my skills.  Finally I am thankful for the ARCA racing staff and team for providing a premiere competitive series for me to race in. It’s been a great year and I’m ready to get back at it in 2015.”-AWS

As mentioned before, Self will find himself in the seat a few times during the off season. Visit his website to view his upcoming schedule and for more updates on what’s to come for AWS in 2015.