Austin Wayne Self and KartSport Team Arrow Racing Look For a Strong 2011 Season Finish

Self to Drive for KartSport at Man Cup Finale in New Castle and at SuperNats in Las Vegas

In what has been a successful first season together, Austin Wayne Self and KartSport Team Arrow Racing look to finish strong this Fall at the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup season finale at New Castle Motorsports Complex, and then at SuperNationals in Las Vegas.

“Austin has performed very well for our team in four classes this season in both the Florida Winter Tour and in the WKA Man Cup Series.  He has a really strong reputation in the karting circuit and has the potential to pull off a win anytime he hits the track,” says Eric Jones, President of KartSport Arrow.

“I have watched Austin race for years, and recruited him to our team because we know we have the best equipment, and we want the best drivers.  He has achieved several Top 10s and podium finishes this season – sometimes in fields of 60-80 karts.  When he’s out there, something exciting always happens.”

“It’s really awesome to work with Eric Jones and the KartSport team.  He has so much racing experience, and I just really appreciate everything he teaches me and all the time he spends in the garage working with us and getting us prepared each race.  I always hit the track with great equipment.” says Self.

“It was also pretty exciting when they launched their new website this month and featured me on the home page.  That was a real honor because they have a lot of great drivers they work with – like AJ Allmendinger.”

“What’s most impressive is that the drivers typically spend 1-2 weeks leading up to each race at the track testing and tuning.  Because of Austin’s NASCAR schedule, he can’t do that.  He shows up the day prior and has to jump right into qualifying races.  We’re glad he can still perform at such a high level, but that comes of many years of racing karts.  We can’t wait to see what he can do in New Castle and Vegas!” says Eric Jones.

You can follow KartSport Team Arrow Racing and Austin Wayne Self at their final 2011 races at:

WKA Manufacturer’s Cup
New Castle Motorsports Complex
September 16-18, 2011


Las Vegas
November 16-20, 2011


About KartSport

KartSport is the exclusive North American importer of Arrow Racing Karts and offers a number of karting parts, supplies, accessories, and services. The race team, KartSport Team Arrow Racing competes across the country in karting events at the highest level. In addition, they opened a retail store at KartSport’s headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina.

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About Austin Wayne Self

Austin Wayne Self, a 15-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races in both the Pro Modified and Late Model Divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Self is also an international Karting champion, having competed since age 5. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.

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Terri Hartley
Director of Marketing and PR, Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573

Shawn Sharkey to Join Austin Wayne Self to Celebrate his Farewell Race at Thunderhill Raceway

Saturday, August 27th Late Model Race to Feature the “Double” 07 Cars

Austin Wayne Self hopes to give fans some great entertainment and go out with a bang at Thunderhill Raceway when he partners up to race with his good friend Shawn Sharkey, a 17-year-old multi-series karting champion from New Jersey.  In what will be Austin’s final NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race in Kyle, Austin and Shawn will drive the twin 07 Chevy Late Model cars on Saturday, August 27th.

“Austin and Shawn have raced each other in karts for the past 3 years in National Cup events and now they get to race each other in NASCAR Late Models. How cool is that? Shawn has been racing in Lee Faulk’s Racing Development program at the Hickory, North Carolina track all season so I am sure he will do well here.  There’s no doubt they will put on a good show for the fans,” says Tim Self, owner of AM Racing. “They did so in Karts and they will do so in Late Models.

“On another note, this is the end of and era for us. We are moving our NASCAR Program to Charlotte to finish out the season, and get ready for a really big 2012 NASCAR Season up there.  We will miss Thunderhill, and especially all of our really great fans here.  We hope to get back here from time to time.”

“Are you kidding me? This is Butch and Sundance! These kids raced together at the top of the game in karts in fields of 36-56 karts deep,” says Jim Sharkey, Owner of Shawn Sharkey Racing. “They know how the game is played, and I think they will show very well for the crowd. Shake and Bake Baby, Shake aanndd Bake!”

“By the way, we’re from Jersey and would just like to say that since our Governor is not in the running, we fully support Texas Governor Rick Perry in his run for the White House. We are proud to be here in the Great State of Texas. Thanks for having us.”

“I just want to say thanks to Austin, AM Racing and their crew for inviting us down and for the privilege to race here in Central Texas,” says Shawn Sharkey.  “Racing with NASCAR in North Carolina is a little different than down here. The tracks are different, the suspension, tires and motor are all different. So we have our work cut out for us. The good news is, I won the coin toss and get the primary 07 car.  Austin will drive the backup 07 car. I think it will be fun for the fans especially if we get lucky enough to run 1st and 2nd.  No one will be sure who is what car. That’s really cool.”

“Racing with Shawn again – especially in Late Models instead of Karts is going to be really cool,” says Austin Wayne Self, driver of the 07 Chevrolet.  “I’m looking forward to working with him in practice to get him up to speed on this track. Having both of the 07 Late Models on the track is going to be a wild experience for the crowd. It’ll be like double vision.  As far as working together, that may happen early in the race. But I know Shawn, and come the last 5 laps, he’s like me, and he has no friends. That’s just the way we race.”

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Terri Hartley
Marketing and PR Director for Austin Wayne Self
Phone 281-702-2573

Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing to move NASCAR Modified Program to Houston Motorsports Park (HMP)

After racing at HMP for the 1st time last weekend, Austin and team were so impressed with the quality of the facility, the racing program and the staff, they have decided to make HMP the new Home Track for their NASCAR Modified Program and plan to race the balance of the 2011 races there.

“HMP is a 1st class facility with a great team of people. They run a top-notch program and have the fans to prove it. We look forward to competing in the Modified field and hope to win the hearts of some of the fans. It will be tough on both counts for sure, but we are up to the challenge,” says Tim Self Owner of AM Racing.

“Yeah, we came out here to race the trucks and had a great time.  I want to thank Raymond, Jim and Eddie for giving us a fast truck last Saturday night. We were up front racing for the win and having a great time until we got spun and sent to the back. Still had a great time, and man I love the high groove on that track. Based on how well we did in trucks, I think we will be really competitive in the Modified. I can’t wait to get back there next Saturday night. I just hope we can get some of our central Texas fans to come out here. We could definitely use their support,” says Austin Wayne Self, the 15-year-old driver of the #8.5 Truck, #07 Modified and #07 Late Model.

When asked if the AM Racing Late Model Program was going to move as well, AM Racing Crew Chief David Umscheid had this to say: “ We are moving our Late Model Program to Charlotte for the 2012 season, so there are no immediate changes to our Central Texas Program. We do plan on bringing a couple of East Coast drivers down to test and maybe even race before the end of the season.”

Following a stellar run in NSACAR Trucks last weekend, in which Austin finished 5th out of 17 in his 1st ever truck race.  It was also  and 1st time on the HMP track, and  the new Home Track for AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self’s Modified Program.

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