{{custom_field.name}}

Self Heads Back to His Roots for The First Race of the Season at His Home Track

Austin Wayne Self heads back to his home tack this weekend for it’s first race event of the 2015 season. During his busy ARCA Racing Series schedule Self still wanted time throughout the season to come back to his roots. His team decided to add five of the nine Central Texas Speedway race events to his 30-plus, race schedule. It’s Self’s way of reminding himself where this “Road to NASCAR” journey got started a few years back. It’s also an excuse for the Texas native to go home every once in a while to spend some time with friends and family since moving to North Carolina.

LateModel“I always love coming back to Texas to race the Pro Late Model races at CTS. I get good seat time and experience but it still feels like a quick break from the busy ARCA schedule. A lot of my original fans are here too so I always enjoy getting to visit with them when they come to the track! It’s cool to hear their stories about following my races on TV. They make me feel like a local celebrity”– Austin Wayne Self

While Self considers coming home for the CTS race a quick break, his schedule doesn’t seem to be letting up any. Self will travel to Nashville to test the #98 AM Technical Solutions Ford that he pilots in the ARCA series. He will return to Texas only to hop into the seat of his #07 Pirate Energy Pro Late Model to practice Friday evening and then race Saturday, March 28th.

“The CTS races are fun for me and my family and friends. Since I’m not running the full series, there’s a way more laid back feel. It’s competitive but it’s more stress free compared to my ARCA races. I love my ARCA races too but, competing for two Championships in that series puts a little bit more pressure on you. People always ask what I do in my spare time and this is it. If I’m not in an ARCA car I find something else to race around in” – AWS

Self_Win_CTSThis will be the first race that local Texas fans will be able to meet and greet with Austin since receiving his 2014 SCOTT Rookie of the Year Title award. Fans can also expect a familiar local energy shot drink to be featured on this year’s #07 Pro Late Model. Pirate Energy representatives will be making their way to CTS to watch their car take laps around the track. The Pirate Energy girls will of course be there as well to hand out sleep deprived drivers, crews and fans a tasty energy boost.

Self won the final Pro Late Model race of the 2014 CTS season. He hopes to spark a winning streak and start 2015 off right. Self currently sits 3rd in Championship points in the ARCA Series after just two races. He also holds the fourth position for the series’ new Short Track Challenge. A win at CTS this weekend would give Self great momentum going into the second short track race of the ARCA season at Nashville. It will be a race that local Texas race fans will not want to miss!

 

Follow Austin on facebook and twitter for behind the scenes updates, pictures and videos from tracks all around the country.

www.facebook.com/AustinWSelf

www.twitter.com/AustinWSelf

Self Earns First Top 5 Finish of the Season, Moves Into Third Place for Championship Points

Austin Wayne Self finished out the first race of the Short Track Challenge in the top five, giving him premier positioning for the remainder of the challenge races. It was looking like a final showdown between Austin and Grant as they checked out on the field after the last round of pit stops. But a late race caution allowed the field to catch up and make the finish a door-slamming, tire burning battle for the top 5.

USS AlabamaThe starting line up was determined by 2014 owner’s points due to rain cancellation of qualifying giving Self the opportunity to start on the pole. Within the first few laps Self dropped behind Grant Enfinger. “I learned a lot running behind Grant at the beginning of the race. Seeing which lines he was using helped me out later in the race.” – AWS

The green flag racing didn’t last long as the 69 car went rolling off the track in turn one, jumped a barrier and found itself among fan vehicles in the parking lot! After the driver’s safety was confirmed the green flag dropped again and the #98 AM Technical Solutions, Pirate Energy Ford was rolling. Self continued to shadow the veteran leader until lap 52 when he would come on to pit road under the sixth caution of the race. The #98 pit crew kept Self in for an extended pit-stop to fix a brake fan. The team ended up removing the fan and ducts and sent Self back out to track in the 17th position.

There was no denying the talent of the young driver when he returned to the track. Self skillfully began to pass other drivers one by one until he returned to the front of the pack and took over the lead on lap 143. “Fans and guests of the #98 Pirate Energy Ford were going wild when Austin got back up to the front and took over the first position. It was one of the most entertaining parts of the race for the Asian American Store Owners Association President and members that Pirate Energy brought to the race!” Explained Matt Donovan, AMDMS Sponsorship and Partner Relations Manager.

Austin and Crew“I have to give all the credit for our performance here to the shop, and our crew. The 98 AMTS Ford was the best car at the track. We were better than anyone on long runs and should have won this thing. I let Grant control all the restarts and just got caught off guard when he didn’t go early on the last big one with 23 to go. That opened the door for the 25 car to drive into my left quarter panel. Even though he couldn’t wreck me he burned up my left rear tire and we didn’t have enough grip to come back and battle for the win. I think the 25 car made a few enemies at this race, driving dirty and causing several incidents during and after the race. Probably not the best strategy for the second race of the season. I’m proud that the 98 crew kept their composure.” – AWS

 

Except for pit cycle shuffles, the race consisted primarily of the 98 and 23 car battling up front. During Self’s final pit stop, Crew Chief Matt Weber made the call to put on their last set of 4 tires. A move that paid off as Austin came through the field to take the lead. 12 laps later the rest of the leaders made a stop to take their last fresh tires and to race each other through the field.

Mobile Test“I felt like we had the car to beat Grant with to end his streak. Some hard racing gave the team some things that they needed to work through during pit stops and they did an awesome job! Even though we weren’t able to get the W, crossing the line fourth was a great accomplishment for our second race and I feel we have a great amount of momentum heading into Nashville. I think we might even end a streak and start one of our own.” – AWS

 

After the first two races Austin Wayne Self sits third in ARCA Championship Points, 110 points behind the leader. Self looks to increase his points count at the next ARCA race in Nashville on April 11th but before then Self will hopping into the Late Model seat, first at his home track in Texas and next in Nashville. Hometown fans can visit Austin, get autographs and watch him race at Central Texas Speedway on March 28th.

Tickets to the race on sale at CentralTexasSpeedway.com. Stay tuned for more updates about Austins trip back to Texas.

 

Self Preps for a Southern Alabama Showdown

Austin Wayne Self will return to Mobile for the second race of the ARCA season on March 14, 2015. Last year, Self finished 12th at the half-mile oval race track in Mobile, AL. Self plans to improve upon his race results from last season. From lap one of last year’s race, Self was running with a broken right shock. Self said, “We got into a lot of people at Mobile just trying to make it around the track. We got into Grant, Thomas Praytor, and who knows who else. I was definitely an obstacle for cars to get around just because I couldn’t keep the car from running up the track.” This time Self plans to be a force to be reckoned with but for very different reasons.

Mobile TestThe team’s latest trip to Mobile International Speedway had Self grinning from ear to ear. “We had some trouble at the first testing round of Mobile. We only had the car on track for a few hours before we had some mechanical issues. That put a damper on our weekend and we immediately made plans to return for the second round, and man am I glad we did,” Self explained. The #98 team tested with the new ARCA bodies and Ilmor motors and the car was bad fast!

“Even with the car trouble that I had at Mobile last year, I finished 12th. With all of my short track experience and a car like the one we’re rolling back into MIS with, I know we’re going to be up front giving the Alabama boys a run for their money at their home track.” – AWS

Speaking of short track experience, the ARCA Mobile 200 will mark the debut of a new Championship opportunity within the ARCA series, The Short Track Challenge. The Short Track Challenge will include 11 of the ARCA Racing series’ short track races (tracks with a distance of one mile or less). This Championship will create a whole new dynamic in the series. Many drivers will be competing for the dual championship, fighting to take home two trophies from the ARCA banquet at the end of the year and Austin Wayne Self is one of those drivers.

With his pre-ARCA career experience being primarily on short tracks, this challenge might as well have been made for the young driver. Self will stay on top of his short track game throughout the season with a 12-pack of Late Model races in his 2015 season schedule. There is no replacement for seat time and Self plans to have plenty of it. Self and the #98 AM Technical Solutions Ford team will take advantage of this double dipper opportunity to gain points towards the ARCA Championship and Short Track Challenge.

Mobile practiceAnother first to keep an eye on in Mobile: this will be the first short track race that the team uses the new ARCA car body for, so getting a handle on how the aerodynamics of the car will come into effect was crucial. Self’s Crew Chief, Matt Weber had this to say about their test at Mobile:

“Testing at Mobile went well, we threw a lot of changes at Austin to get his feedback about how the car responded and we feel we have created a very consistent car for when we come back for the race.“

“I’m really excited about the car we’re bringing to the race. I know the Alabama guys always feel confident here but I think we’re going to bring it to them this time. Someone’s got to keep Grant from repeating his win streak.” – AWS

Prior to race day on March 14th, Self will participate in several events during the ARCA Mobile 200 week in Mobile, Al. This list of events will include the autograph session in the USS Alabama Aircraft Pavillion on Thursday, March 12th. Haulers and cars will be on display along with a pit crew exhibit from the hours of 4:00 – 6:00pm. The Autograph session will take place from 5:00 – 6:00pm. Fans are encouraged to come by to meet the drivers and their team members. Tours of the USS Alabama battleship and submarine will also take place during this special event!

Practice will be held on Friday, March 13th from 2:30 – 3:15pm and from 4:15 – 5:00pm. Qualifying will begin at 7:00pm. This race will not be televised so fans are encouraged to follow the action on the ARCA website homepage where they will have access to live timing and scoring presented by Pirate Energy.

pirateSelf will be welcoming some new fans during the race weekend as well. “I’m really excited about our sponsor, Pirate Energy hosting some guests at this race too. We always love when we can introduce people to a new sport. It’s always fun to show them around the garage area, tell them about the car and how we prep for a race and then hopefully put on an awesome show later in the day or night with a great race.” – AWS

“Pirate Energy Shots are thrilled and honored to be a part of the AWS team for the Mobile Race!  Along with our Pirate Energy sales team will be our guests – members of the Southeast Asian American Store Owners Association, including President Bharat Patel.  We wish good luck to Austin and his entire race team!” – Jeff Carpenter, COO/SVP Blue Matrix Labs

Stay tuned this week for more updates from the AWS team including info about upcoming radio interviews and special events.