Austin Wayne Self to Run the ‘Double’ at Lucas Oil Raceway

“I am going to have a lot of family at Lucas Oil Raceway, it’s an important race for me and all of our attention is focused towards having a strong run here. It’s a ½ mile, and we were really fast in testing, after Chicago we are looking for redemption and this is just the place to earn it.”

On Friday July 25th Austin Wayne Self will kickoff a packed day of back to back racing in both the ARCA CRA Super Series and the ARCA Series. What could have easily intimidated any driver, motivated the 18 year old from Austin, Texas.

home“We are running the double at Lucas Oil Raceway, so the extended seat time should be to our benefit. We have raced the double at both Winchester and Berlin last year, the only difference is- this one is the same night so hydration is going to be critical. I run two classes all the time at Central Texas Speedway, but this is a larger scale so we will see what happens.”-AWS

In the CRA Super Series race Austin Wayne Self will be running for Crew Chief David Pletcher in the 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge Super Late Model, and Austin is looking forward to getting back to his grassroots in a SLM. “The biggest obstacle will just be how tight both of the races are, we won’t have a lot of down time between cars, so that will make it interesting…I can also be pretty aggressive in the Super Late Models. I want a win in front of my family, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that happens.”-AWS

The 22 AM Technical Solutions Cunningham Motorsports Dodge has had a season that boasts both highs and lows. At Lucas Oil Raceway they look towards a strong finish! Crew Chief for the 22 Dodge, Chad Bryant had this to say, “We tested at LOR earlier in the month. During the test we used a different package than we have generally ran in the past. It should be a good night for us. Running both races, granted he can adjust to both cars quickly, will be good for Austin. Anytime you can get more seat time, it’s going to help you. We will be a factor in this race.”-Chad Bryant.

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You can watch the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care from Lucas Oil Raceway- LIVE July 25th at 9 PM Eastern Time on Fox Sports 2.

The 22 Team Looks to Chicago for a Change in Their Luck!

The 22 AM Technical Solutions Cunningham Motorsports Dodge team has moved on from Winchester Speedway and is now shifting their focus to Chicagoland Speedway.

Austin Wayne Self celebrated the July 4th weekend in an ALL AMERICAN fashion, by racing American made Stock Cars! Self kicked off the weekend with practice on July 5th where the 22 team made adjustments throughout the day and focused on getting the car exactly where they wanted it. Austin Wayne Self ran p9 throughout practice with speeds reaching 108 MPH and lap times in the mid 16’s. Later that day during qualifying AWS ran speeds topping 110 MPH, though due to mechanical obstacles earlier in the day could only salvage a P14 starting position for the race.

Crew Chief Chad Bryant commented, “Winchester was not the performance we were looking for. It was disappointing for sure but we have to move forward to next week at Chicago. Chicago is going to be a really good weekend for us! We ran really well there last year with Ryan Blaney and I expect an improved performance this year with Austin. Chicago is a 1.5 mile track and our performance has been really good at those types of tracks this year. The whole CMS 22 team is working diligently to improve our performance this 2nd half of the season and Chicago should show a good result.”

Austin Wayne Self explained, “We were really optimistic entering this race, because of last year’s success. Unfortunately we struggled in practice, and didn’t get to make a mock run so we qualified outside of our target. I think given a few more laps we may have been able to make a run at it. If we would have had an earlier caution we would have raced for the win. We’ll chalk this one up as an experience run and move on.”

Austin wrapped up the weekend with a 10th place showing and resolved to be back in the fight starting at Chicago! Next on the schedule the ARCA racing series heads to Chicagoland Speedway. This track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. This track exhibits 18 degrees of banking in the turns creating for a momentum building run!

Austin Wayne Self said, “I am excited about Chicago. We are good at the 1.5 mile tracks, and the 22 has been fast there in past years. This will be where we make strides. With the past few weekends we’ve had, I feel like we need to bring the bar up. We are hunting for wins now and focusing on learning. I am appreciative of all that Cunningham has been doing to put me in fast cars, we’ve just had some bad luck, and we are gonna turn it around.”

Moving on to Chicago Austin Wayne Self is stationed 7th in points and currently leading the rookie of the year standings. AWS has collected 6 top 10’s in 7 starts.
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You can also watch the race live on Fox Sports 2- Sat 07/19/2014 06:00 PM FS2 EST.
Below is the schedule of dates and time the race will re-air:
Sat 07/19/2014 03:00 AM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING
Sun 07/20/2014 02:00 PM FS2 2.0 ARCA RACING
Mon 07/21/2014 03:00 PM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING
Tue 07/22/2014 11:00 AM FS1 2.0 ARCA RACING

From Elko Speedway to Winchester Austin Wayne Self Leads the Rookie of the Year Standings

Austin Wayne Self rounded out their race at Elko Speedway with a resilient effort. AWS qualified in the 22 AM Technical Solutions Cunningham Motorsports Dodge with a 14.397 lap time securing a top 10 start. The 22 was spun early on in the race and determinedly worked their way BACK to the top 10 and finished the day P8. Austin Wayne Self’s passing efficiency was once again proven throughout the race and exampled his exceptional race craft and skill.

“Throughout practice we developed a plan to hang in the back and race our way forward, the game plan was conservation… At the beginning of the race we got spun and that put our game plan off pace. There were times when we thought we had the car fast enough but we weren’t able to get it there. I learned the track so that’s all we can ask for.”-AWS

Crew Chief of the 22, Chad Bryant, commented, “The weekend started off really well at Elko with us at the top of the speed chart in practice. We unloaded a really fast race car. After the first run we were fighting a lack of rear grip issue and made a couple of changes. In the heat of the day with the track temps in excess of 120 this seemed to be the direction we needed to go. The race at night was a totally different story. We fought tightness the entire race and had an issue with the right front brake cooling ducts that compounded our problems.” –Chad Bryant

On Monday June 30th the Cunningham Motorsports team tested at their next race stop, Winchester Speedway. Winchester has traditionally been one of Cunningham’s best tracks. Within the past 3 years, Cunningham has two wins and a second-place at Winchester. Austin Wayne Self scored his highest ARCA finish at Winchester in 2013 with a P2. During testing AWS was optimistic towards their performance.

“Testing at Winchester was good, we had 3 cars out there and we all tried different setups. We didn’t get the car exactly where we wanted it, but we learned something and when we show up for the race we will be fast. We have a setup now that we know will work to our advantage, and the car is handling exactly how we want it to.”-AWS

The team has clearly placed an emphasis on race trim and setting the car up for the long run. Crew chief Chad Bryant noted, “Moving forward to Winchester, the whole team is looking forward to going back to the track where we let a race win get away from us last year. We know our chances will be good going into this year’s race with the same car and a very similar set up. Winchester is very different from Elko and I think it fits our team’s style a lot more. We excel at these types of race tracks as a whole. We will have a test under our belts at Winchester as well which should accelerate our progression through practice on race weekend.”- Chad Bryant

The 22 team will be racing with heavy hearts this weekend. In the past week they celebrated the life of Austin’s grandfather who recently passed away in a state the Self family has considered a second home, Indiana, which is also the state Austin will race in this weekend. Indiana continues to be a special place for Austin and his family.

“I finished 2nd last year to Frank Kimmel at Winchester, that’s my best finish in the ARCA series, so it’s safe to say Winchester is one of my favorite tracks. My whole family will be out there in Indiana and having them there makes a huge difference.
We have fun when we come to Winchester and it’s a special place to us, we are racing for more than a win this weekend.”

Austin will wheel the 22 on the .5 mile oval during the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Sunday, July 6. Austin is currently leading SCOTT Rookie of the Year standings in the ARCA Racing Series. He is 8th in season points and racing towards the top 5. In 8 starts he has collected 5 top 10’s and 2 top 5’s.

You can watch the race from Winchester live on the CBS Sports Network July 6th at 2 p.m. For more information leading up to race day, follow Austin on Facebook and Twitter for behind the scenes pictures, videos and other updates.