May 2014 – Austin Wayne Self
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Austin and Crew Race Toward NJMP

As the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Rolls into New Jersey, Austin Wayne Self feels confident for this season’s first road course. New Jersey Motorsports Park is a 2.3 mile track with 12 challenging turns, and a half mile straightway. This will be Austin’s second start at this track.

In 2013 AWS and the 22 Cunningham Race Team started 25th after an engine change.  AWS rallied from the 25th spot to secure a 10th place overall finish for the day. This 15 position advance throughout the race showed the team’s intrepid passing efficiency and Austin’s advanced road course skills attributable to his stint in world karting. In that race AWS exhibited the highest passing ratio of any driver within the field, and this year the 22 Team will certainly be a front runner at New Jersey Motorsports park.

Currently Austin Wayne Self is sitting 7th in season standings with 3 top 10’s in 4 starts. Austin Wayne Self is also leading Rookie of the Year standings.

Austin Wayne Self Commented:

Q: Your thoughts moving towards NJMP?

“I am excited to get back out there in the ARCA car. We are focusing on our point standings and Scott Rookie of the Year points. It’s important for us to move forward.”

 Q: Considering you moved forward 15 spots in 2013, do you think you have a shot at the win this year?

“Definitely. We want to race clean and be there at the end of the race. If we can get through qualifying- our 22 AMTS Dodge will already be ahead of where we were at last year, so I think we will be the team to lookout for this go around.”

 Q: What do you think about NJMP?

“It’s a really fast track and you get to use the curbs a lot, which I like. My karting has helped my road course racing, it comes naturally when I show up at NJMP which gives me an edge over the competition.”

 Q: What will be your primary focus this weekend?

“I’m really focusing on hitting my marks the entire weekend. It helps me win races and move forward in the pack strategically.”

Chad Bryant, Crew Chief on the 22 car navigated Austin towards an excellent showing in 2013 and we can only expect more success in 2014.

Chad Bryant explained, “The road course at New Jersey offers various challenges to stock cars and their set up. Typically we run oval tracks where we can concentrate our efforts on turning left.  New Jersey is very challenging for us to make the car really good in both left and right corners.”

“The vehicle that we will be using this week is a car with its intention and purpose built for road coarse racing. This car has features built into it that allow us to be better in the right handers. The cars that we use on a regular basis has a high left side weight percentage for left hand corners, this car is equal weight left to right with the driver in it.”

“Aside from set up, the team will have to utilize strategy this weekend in order to keep track position for the end of the race.  Track position is crucial to having a good finish because it is very difficult to pass on a road course. Our fuel mileage window is something we will be observantly monitoring. The teams will have eight tires in the pits this week at their disposal, conservation and usage will also be a dynamic in our strategy.”

“I am looking forward to going back to New Jersey Motorsports Park this year. After the test we had earlier this month, it was evident that our performance is where it should be. The car was a lot more comfortable for Austin than last year’s car was, and with Austin’s maturity and confidence growing each and every race, I think we are going to be a factor in the race at New Jersey.” –Chad Bryant, Cunningham Motorsports, #22 Crew Chief.

The race at New Jersey Motorsports Park will take the green June 01, 2014, at 01:00 PM Eastern Time. For live timing and scoring check: www.ARCARacing.com

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The Number 22 Team Looks Toward Jersey After a Tough Weekend in Toledo

Austin Wayne Self and the Cunningham team return from Toledo with a tough battle behind them, but not without reward. Though the race hadn’t turned out as they had planned the team and driver continue to grow in their experience together which will ultimately make them stronger down the road.

The team had high hopes for Toledo Speedway where Austin made is ARCA debut with Cunningham Motorsports last year in May. They had qualified the #22 AMTS Dodge P10 and finished the race in P6 giving Austin his first top 10 finish. With a year of experience under their belts together, Cunningham Motorsports and Self planned to improve upon those results but, it would seem that that wasn’t in the cards for them from the beginning. Crew Chief, Chad Bryant described the weekend as a character build for the entire team, “Our team had an uphill battle all weekend starting with practice and ending with the race. I am proud of everyone on the 22 team for their diligent efforts to overcome that battle. Our driver never gave up on us and made the very best of the situation. We were able to come out of a bad weekend with a decent finish that earned us some points so everyone’s hard work was in no way all for nothing.”

The number 22 team has been making a strong effort this season to come together under one goal. These efforts were undoubtedly apparent in Talladega where both the 22 and the 77 of Cunningham Motorsports came together for a fantastic finish. While Toledo’s outcome was much different it was still another important step to them realizing this goal.

“We have all been working really hard as a team to become better each and every week. This race wasn’t our best performance but it was clear that we are working as a team. This will pay dividends down the road as we hit out stride and peak performance. As a whole, I think this weekend will increase our efforts to become better and perform at the level we all expect as a unified team with one common goal” – Crew Chief, Chad Bryant.

After his 8th place finish, a fourth consecutive top ten for the young driver, Self described the weekend and the race much like his Crew Chief, “We struggled quite a bit this weekend getting the car to work the way we wanted it to starting with some tough practice rounds. The team worked extremely hard to get the car back on track but we ended up fighting with it throughout the race. With the right adjustments made during the race we were able to stick it out until the end and gain another top 10 finish, which will ultimately really help us in points. If we can turn a rough weekend like this into a top 10 then we came out alright” – AWS

Self and the 22 team will now turn their focus to their next scheduled race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. This race will take place on June 1, 2014. Stay tuned for more information leading up to race day and follow Austin on Facebook and Twitter for behind the scenes pictures, videos and other updates.

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ARCA Rookie Points Leader Focuses on Toledo Speedway!

On May 18th Austin Wayne Self and the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge will steer their way into Ohio for the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. At Talladega, Austin Wayne Self made a remarkable impression for his first Superspeedway start. AWS finished third and captured P1 in Rookie of the Year standings as well as a 7th in overall points standings. This momentum will be a valuable asset as the teams now approach Toledo.

“I am really focused towards Toledo. We are going to be really fast, and I am putting attention towards our qualifying run. Toledo is a fast, fun track. The long sweeping turns make for good side by side racing, it’s fun to make passes off the turns, I come from a short track racing background and I feel confident at Toledo Speedway.”-AWS

In 2013 Austin Wayne Self actually made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo Speedway with a P6 finish after starting 10th. Looking back to 2013 of his 6 ARCA racing series starts Austin Wayne Self finished within the top 10, 5 times. Looking at 2014, in only three starts Austin Wayne Self has racked up 2, top 5 finishes. If he finishes within the top 5 at Toledo Speedway, he will have earned his 3rd consecutive top 5 finish. For the past 5 years, the 22 car has finished within the top 10 at Toledo Speedway, this year Austin Wayne Self could drive into the 6th consecutive top 10 finish for the double deuces.

Earlier in the week Austin Wayne Self and the entire Cunningham team spent time testing at Toledo to prepare for this weekend’s race, despite rain throughout the practice session Austin was able to gain a reintroduction to the track.

“We are definitely focusing on everything being in place for this race, tire conservation, stops, adjustments, and even communication are all aspects of development and focus for our team.”-AWS

The half mile asphalt oval of Toledo Speedway encourages cage to cage racing on the 12 degrees of banking. This exciting short track is a gem on the ARCA series schedule. This style of racing exhibits Austin Wayne Self’s best driving characteristics and it is sure to be an exciting race.

“I am ready to get out there and race, we have such a solid momentum going and the entire team is ready to battle it out on the short track!”

The weekend’s activities include two ARCA Racing Series practice sessions Saturday, May 17 from 11:45-12:30 and 1-1:45, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 3:30. The Menards 200 is Sunday at 2, with an autograph session from noon to 1. Pre-race and driver introductions follow the autograph session.

The Menards 200 is live on FOX Sports 1.

Austin Wayne Self Takes Third Place at Talladega – His First Super Speedway Race

Speeds in excess of 200 mph are commonplace at Talladega, this could easily be considered a treacherous track for rookie Austin Wayne Self. The 33 degrees of dramatic banking and drafting create a rare and challenging race environment. In a display of admirable maturity, composure and perseverance Austin Wayne Self proved he is a driver to watch. The entire 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge team conquered Talladega and finished third over all!

“Everyone told me that if you even finish at Talladega in one piece you’ve done a good job. We finished third and I got to push my teammate to victory.” Said Self.

AWS started the race out p10 after putting the car on the map with a 52.968 lap time and speed of 180.788 MPH. Throughout the race Austin diligently moved toward the front of the pack. In the final laps he and teammate Tom Hessert joined forces to push their way to the front and secure the race lead. On the final lap Austin pushed his teammate to a celebrated win. The Cunningham race team finished the day 1,3 in stunning fashion!

Not only did Austin finish within the top 3 on his first Super Speedway appearance, but he also secured the Scott Rookie of the Race Award for the second week in a row and he is P7 in season points standings though he is a race down with only 3 starts. As FOX Sports Commentator and Parsons Racing team owner Phil Parsons pointed out, “Austin is very impressive, only 18 years old and finished third at his first time out in Talladega, that’s impressive.”

“I’m thankful for our entire team’s effort. My crew chief Chad and the entire AMTS Cunnigham Dodge team worked really hard to put me in a fast car.”-AWS

Austin will now head to the road course New Jersey Motorsports Park where last year he gained experience and knowledge. Lookout for the 22 Team as they hit New Jersey!

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