Austin Wayne Self and Crew Get the Hat Trick at Beaver Run Raceway

In a Pre-National race at Beaver Run Raceway this past weekend, Austin Wayne Self, supported by KartSport and Comet Racing won 3 of the 4 races in his classes.

“ The racing was great this weekend, a lot of lead changes and passes, it couldn’t have been more fun.” Says Austin. “It was great hanging out with the KartSport and Comet crew and all my karting friends. I love this track. I think the biggest thing this weekend was the respect all the drivers gave each other. We were always two wide in the turns, drafting on the straights and one time we got 4 wide up the hill into turn 8. Even though the other drivers wouldn’t give you a break, everybody gave each other just enough room to race. There were no cheap shots. It was cool. I hope everyone comes back in two weeks with the same attitude.”

“Austin delivered for all of us this weekend. It wasn’t so much about winning as it was about learning how this new Bridgestone tire compound works and getting the kart set up for the national coming up in two weeks.” says Crew Chief Michael Ramirez. “ “This is probably the most difficult track in the series for the crew and driver. There is every type of turn you can think of and then the long uphill straights that require exact gear and carburetor setup.”

Beaver Run Raceway will host the Manufacturer’s Cup Nationals July 9th and 10th. Most of the top national teams competed in the Great Lakes Sprint Series race this past weekend in an effort to get ready for the Man Cup Nationals.

“Most of the top drivers were here this weekend with one big exception, Joel Jens. He will be here next weekend testing so we won’t have anything on him come Man Cup race day.” Says Tim Self, Owner of AM Racing, the marketing group supporting the Austin Wayne Self Brand.  “KartSport, Comet and Austin’s crew made some big progress with our karting program this weekend. We look forward to the Man Cup Nationals in two weeks. Thanks to the GLSS Team for hosting all of us this weekend. Especially to Kevin Harter who had his hands full reconciling passion and emotion all weekend. You have great resolve Kevin. Also, hey to the Ryans, fellow Texans and TCU alumnus. Go Frogs!!!”

Rumor has it that Joel Jens will be heading back to Texas with Austin Wayne Self immediately following the Man Cup to test in one of his NASCAR Late Models.

Firecracker 150 coming to Thunderhill Raceway

Contact:  Jerry Harrison, 512-970-0469,

Firecracker 150 coming to Thunderhill Raceway and Austin Wayne Self to Enter a Team

KYLE, TX (June 20, 2011) – On Track Xperience (OTX) and Thunderhill Raceway (Kyle, TX) will host one of the richest Kart Races in the country on Saturday, July 2, at 7 pm.

A total of $10,000 will be up for grabs in this 150-lap endurance race, with $5,000 in cash going to the winner and another $5,000 in cash and prizes being awarded to the remaining competitors.  Each driver will also get a complimentary haircut from Sport Cuts.

This First Annual Firecracker 150 will feature 12 teams with five drivers on each team – all competing in karts at speeds up to 65 mph on the 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track. These karts will be provided by NasKart Racing Xperience, which currently offers wheel-to-wheel racing to the general public at the same track on a regular basis.

Teams must qualify in advance to be included in this event, and only the fastest 12 teams will move on to the Firecracker 150.  Qualifying for this event is current underway, and the final teams will be chosen based upon their best combined lap times.  Teams are encouraged to call ahead to book their qualifying sessions.

As the Owner/Promoter of Thunderhill Raceway, Mary Ann Naumann welcomes this exciting kart race to a track that normally offers stock car racing events.

“We’re proud to host this new and unique event here at Thunderhill Raceway,” said Naumann. “In fact, I believe this is the only kart race of its kind to be run on a NASCAR-sanctioned track. We currently run NASCAR races here just about every other Saturday night from March through September, and now we’ll be able to see many of the same drivers competing against each other in a totally different format.”

“This event will be entertaining for the entire family,” said Jerry Harrison, General Manager of OTX. “We’ll have rides for the kids and lots of food concessions, as well as a custom car show, beer and live music for the adults. In fact, we’ve set the admission cost at $20 per carload (or truckload) – the bigger the family, the better the bargain. We’ll even have some NASCAR Late Models and Modifieds on display for picture taking and driver autographs.”

For more information on the Firecracker 150, visit the NasKart Racing Xperience website at  To make arrangements for the qualifying sessions, call 512-828-6478.

Thunderhill Raceway is located at 24801 IH-35, Kyle (TX), just north of San Marcos and south of Austin, at Exit #210 (Yarrington Road), just behind the Roger Beasley Hyundai dealer (formerly ThunderZone). Information on Thunderhill Raceway may be found on the track website at