Austin’s second ARCA Racing Series appearance in the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network this Thursday, August 1st at 11 p.m. ET. Don’t miss out on the intense racing action in one of the most exciting ARCA races of the 2013 season where Austin finished in second place. This was his second top 10 finish in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports AM Technical Solutions dodge after finishing 6th in his ARCA Racing Series debut.
During the race Austin worked hard to stay within the top 10 and by lap 80, he had made his way back up to the fourth place position. He was able to take four fresh tires and fuel during a pit stop on a caution lap. When the green flag dropped on the restart he gave the fans a show! During the restart on lap 146, Austin took the AMTS dodge three-wide for an exciting pass that moved him into the second position. He had his eye on race leader and needed to make a hard charge in attempts to catch him in the 10 race laps he had left.
“With a couple laps to go, I told myself I was either going to win this race or scrape the wall trying.” Self said.
Given a few more laps, Self would have loved the chance to take on the race winner bumper to bumper. Austin closed the gap to one car length by the end of the race and even though he didn’t quite catch the leader, he definitely gave him something to worry about.
“We ran an incredible race and given a few more laps we could have won. I learned so much and I just think we proved what a strong team we have. I really feel like we turned a lot of heads.” – AWS
Not only did Austin finish second in his second ARCA Racing Series appearance ever but, his impressive performance earned him the SCOTT Rookie Challenge Award. He became the 7th driver to win this award during the 2013 season, which is an incredible honor for the teen-age driver. This was a race Austin will never forget and one that you won’t want to miss!
To watch Austin charge to the front of the pack in the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 coverage from June 30th, tune into NBC Sports Network this Thursday, August 1st at 11p.m. ET.