Nearly Scores Another Double Win with 2nd in Exciting Late Model Division Racing
Kyle, Texas — Monday, July 18 — Thunderhill Raceway
After starting P4 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified Division, Self quickly showed he had a fast car by charging into first place using the outside groove on a restart. By Lap 20, Self extended to a 10-car-length lead and never looked back as the balance of the race was all green flag.
“I really have to thank David Umscheid and JR for setting up the best Pro Mod out there tonight. Once we were able to get to the front, I knew nobody could catch us. We have been using the high groove a lot this season to make passes especially in the Late Model. It’s a cool thing when your crew gives you a car that can run on top or on the bottom. We had a really good car tonight” said Self.
“I also want to congratulate the Umscheid family on their second grandchild. Michael and his wife had a daughter earlier this week. Their family is very close, so I appreciated that David was still there for us at the track this weekend.”
The Modified win brings Self’s NASCAR win total to 4.
PHOTO CREDIT: JEFF GARVIN
After a very brief celebration in Victory Lane, Self and team ran the car through post-race tech. After being cleared, Self hustled over to the 07 Late Model where it was waiting on the grid. The Late Model Division then went green roughly 20 minutes after the Modified Division finish.
Self started in P6 and drove to P3 by Lap 10. Self was then sent to the back when the car he was passing to take third couldn’t hold the outside groove and took a spin. The Thunderhill ‘All Involved’ rule sent Self to the back of the field. After another caution involving other cars, Self used the outside groove to race up to P4 and made an inside move on Lap 15 to advance up to P3. The final 20 laps involved tight bumper-to-bumper driving between Bobby Teer, Jr., Robert Barker and Self.
On the final lap, Teer was forced up the track going into turn 3 as Barker was able to wrangle to his inside. Teer couldn’t keep his car in the high groove and ran off the track in turn 3. No yellow was thrown and the race finished with Barker taking the win and Self finishing in P2.
“Those last 20 laps were very tight between Teer, Barker and our car. We tried several moves to get around them, but they really fought us off each time. We couldn’t have asked for a more fun night of good racing – I had an absolute blast,” says Self.
“We also have to thank the fans who came out to support us tonight. It was cool to see the stands full and the crowd cheering and going crazy for some exciting racing. That’s what it’s all about!”
Self will be back on the track at Thunderhill Raceway on Saturday, July 30th.
Once again, Austin got to do his favorite thing this weekend; Start in the
back and drive to the front.
In a racing weekend stacked with the top national drivers and plagued with
incident, Austin at least had the opportunity have some fun and grab a lot
With 35 to 40 drivers starting each race there was plenty of competition.
Saturday’s racing found Austin starting 23 in Komet and 40th (last position) in
the Yamaha Feature Races. He would end up 7th in the Komet race and 6th in
the Yamaha. That’s 16 passes in Komet and 34 passes in Yamaha!
He would then do it all again on Sunday. After a locked up wheel bearing
prevented him from qualifying Yamaha, he would start 9th in the LCQ and take
the win. That put him starting 36th and finishing 10th in the pre-main. He
went on to finish 4th in the Yamaha Feature after being shuffled back to
16th on the start. Komet wasn’t any different. After being spun at the start
of the pre-main, he would go on to start 33rd in main and would make another
23 passes to finish 10th.
“I think the fact that one way or another we ended up in the back of every
single race with such huge fields and still managed to pull out top 10
finishes in all of them, and even a podium, says a great deal about the Arrow
Chassis and Comet Motors.” Says Austin. “Our NASCAR program doesn’t allow us
the opportunity to do any testing with Karts and motors. We just show up in
time to race and have to figure everything out during each element. You
can’t expect to win against these guys without investing the time. These
guys are the best of the best. I am just grateful that KartSport, Comet and
AKR continue to provide me such great support to allow me to at least
showcase their products. I think we proved beyond a doubt that they have
“There are a few drivers out there that worked really well with
me during the events. I want to express my gratitude to them. Thanks guys!
It’s always cool drafting with really good drivers.”
“That kid never ceases to impress. This weekend, he put on the greatest
driving display I have ever seen in this series. Everywhere we go, one way
or another he puts on a show.” Say Mike Ramirez of AKR. I am grateful to be
able to work with this kid.”
Austin returns to NASCAR Racing this weekend as he competes in the NASCAR
Whelen All-American Series Late Model and Modified Divisions in Central Texas.