Huntersville, NC – April 16, 2012
Self joins Sprint Cup Series drivers Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola as well as other NASCAR competitors including Sellers Racing teammate, Peyton Sellers.
“We’re really excited to be invited to compete in this event,” Self says. “It will be a lot of fun to be in the field against top Cup and Nationwide drivers and also support people with cystic fibrosis. Anytime we can combine racing with supporting a good cause, that’s the best situation.”
52 cars will attempt to make the 36-car field for the 75-lap event.
“Obviously it’s our goal to make the final 36-car field, and just the qualifying event is a big win for our Team and Sponsors. This will give us some great experience going against the top talent in Late Model racing. I just feel so appreciative of all of the opportunities God has given us already this season.” says Self.
The Short Track Showdown will run following the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and cap an action-packed opening day of the Spring NASCAR weekend.
The race will be broadcast Live on the Speed Channel 8:00 ET on Thursday, April 26th
Proceeds will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which supports organizations like the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, St. Jude’s Hospital and Victory Junction Camp. Tickets can be purchased at www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org.
About Austin Wayne Self
Austin Wayne Self, a 16-year-old NASCAR driver from Texas, races for Sellers Racing in Late Model Division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Self has 5 NASCAR wins in less than 2 seasons and 24 career Top 5 finishes. Self has also won 14 career national and world Karting championships, having competed since age 4. Self’s career goal is to race NASCAR Sprint Cup and do one-off IndyCar races at the Indianapolis 500.
About Sport Clips
Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranks in Entrepreneur Magazine’s top 20 “fastest growing franchises” and in the top 100 in the “Franchise 500”, in the top 10 in Forbes’ “Top 20 Franchises To Start”, and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2012 AllBusiness AllStars”. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises. Our “Help a Hero” program has donated more than one million dollars to help soldiers overseas and in hospitals call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, and holds partnerships with several NCAA programs, and teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL). To learn about franchise opportunities click here, and for locations throughout the United States, visit SportClips.com. For media resources and additional information on Sport Clips, visit SportClipsMedia.com.
Marketing and PR for Austin Wayne Self
“We had a great weekend here at Motor Mile Speedway. The 07 Sport Clips Chevrolet was hooked up, the weather was perfect and we were in strong contention for a Top 5 finish for sure,” says Austin Wayne Self. “We were 2nd on the Speed Chart in Friday practice and 4th on the Speed Chart in the Saturday morning practice. I can’t give Brian and the Sellers crew enough credit. These guys give me a great car every week. I’m going to take them out to a chicken dinner real soon.”
“We can’t take all the credit for having a fast race car,” says Sellers Racing Crew Chief Brian Rundstrom. “Austin’s feedback on car handling is always spot on. The 07 car was well balanced. Austin could put it anywhere he wanted and we knew we had a car that was going to be fast by the end of the race when it counted. We were just pacing the field moving up without using our right rear when the 41 got loose right in front of us. Nobody’s fault just a part of racing.”
“We were on the 2nd lap of a double file restart and were still stacked up 2 wide and on the inside,” says Austin. “I had just gone back to throttle on the exit of turn 4 when the 41 car lost control and backed off right in front of me. There was no place to go and our race is over.”
“I feel bad for the team and for all of our fans and sponsors. We worked hard to show well here at Motor Mile Speedway. But the good news is we are safe, there’s no significant damage to the car and we will be back here May 5th to race again. God’s will we do well.”
“Special shout out to my friend Tommy Lemons Jr. for his 2nd place finish. Good Job Tommy!”